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Mephisto Waltz

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  180 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Originally trained as a concert pianist, Mr. Stewart drew on this background for his first novel, “The Mephisto Waltz” (Coward-McCann), published in 1969. (The publicity materials for the book included a 45-r.p.m. recording of Mr. Stewart playing the title piece, by Liszt.) In 1971, the book became a film with Alan Alda as a young writer whose body is usurped by an aging p ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 1971 by Signet (first published January 1st 1969)
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Helen Azar
In the great style of Ira Levin (one of my favorite psychological thriller authors), this book is fast paced and suspenseful. A treat for any conossieur of the genre.
Mary Kay
This novel taught me early on that I loved a fast plot, a lot of twists, and characters that are pure evil.
Lobstergirl
Jul 13, 2013 Lobstergirl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nikita Mndoyants
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Mephisto Waltz wiki page
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This is a totally cheesy 1969 horror novel, along the lines of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist. I devoured it with equal parts enjoyment and chagrin. It's wonderfully dated - the protagonists are thrilled with their newly renovated kitchen and its blue vinyl countertops - and effusively sprinkled with the most ghastly product placements. Myles and Paula Clarkson smoke TarGard Viceroys, use a Chemex coffeemaker, drink Diet Rite Cola, someone drives an XK-E (it's assumed we know, until the next p
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Lynda
I have to say that I’m surprised that there are a significant number of people who enjoyed this book. I chose to read to this book after reading Fred Mustard Stewart’s “Century” which is in no way similar to the suspense filled genre of “The Mephisto Waltz.” I had watched “Rosemary’s Baby” several years ago and it struck me, while reading “The Mephisto Waltz” how similar the movie and book were. They weren’t exactly on point but the journey to find clues and the existence of the cult truly made ...more
Rıdvan
cok kaliteli. e yayinlarinin bu seriden cikan kitaplari goruldugu sahaftan derhal alinmali.
Thomas Amo
Originally I saw the film. Years later when I worked a job where I had a two hour lunch, I found myself spending at least one or two days a week at the used bookstore. When I came across the book I hadn't realized it was a novel. At first I thought it was a book adaptation of the film, but was pleased to find out it wasn't.

On further research it's interesting to note the author wrote this book after attending Julliard.

I would read this book again.
Erik Graff
Mar 18, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Stewart fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
This is basically a creeping horror novel about a pianist becoming possessed by an author himself trained as a pianist--a sort of low brow Dr. Faustus.
Donald
We liked it better than ROSEMARY'S BABY, and it had a great ending.
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Fred Mustard Stewart was an American novelist. His most popular books were The Mephisto Waltz (1969), adapted for a 1971 film starring Alan Alda; Six Weeks (1976), made into a 1982 film starring Mary Tyler Moore; Century, a New York Times best-seller in 1981; and Ellis Island (1983), which became a CBS mini-series in 1984.

Stewart graduated from Princeton University in 1954. He originally planned t
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