Moses Froben was born in a belfry high in the Swiss Alps, the bastard son of a deaf-mute woman banished to the church tower to ring each day the...more
The side of me that loves dark, convoluted, Gothic stories absolutely loved this book! A mother widely believed to be mad, an evil father, life with monks, and love against...more
The Bells, like Perfume, is an adventure story, but of a far different nature. The characters that helped or hindered the hero’s progress were fun to get to know. I feel that books could be produced about their adventures as well. Like what Anne Rice did with all of the vampire characters.
Speaking of Anne Rice; the comparison should have paralleled Cry to Heaven.
The Bells did...more
One review on the front cover says that this book is a "story to tickle the senses as much as the mind" and I agree with that. I loved the novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and how the protagonist experienced the world through her sense of taste. This novel was similar in the way that Moses interacts with the world via s...more
The writing made the character ever so...more
This historical novel set in the 1700s about "musicos" (also known as castratos and countertenors) during the birth of opera is definitely on my best of 2011 list. The scope and historical elements were fabulous and the music was sublime, but there are a few heartbreaking moments of brutality and sadness. Anyone wanting a swe...more
I grew up as the son of a man who could not possibly have been my father. Though there was never any doubt that my seed had come from another man, Moses Froben, Lo Svizzero, called me “son.” And I called him “father.” On the rare occasions when someone dared to ask for clarification, he simply laughed as though the questioner were obtuse. “Of course he’s not my son!” he would say. “Don’t be ridiculous.” But whenever I myself gained the courage to ask him further of our past, he just looked sadly...more
It is the story of Moses Froben who was born to a woman who was deaf and mute, having been raped repeatedly by a priest, with no means of fighting back. She was the bell ringer of a beautiful church, high in the Swiss Alps. After her unfortunate death at the hands of this evil man, Moses was rescu...more
I read this book in one sitting as I become so engrossed by it I just had to finish it to find out what was going to happen in the end. The setting and characters have been chosen so well that the book speaks to you as you are...more
Though his life is not ideal, Moses cherishes his friendship with Amalia, and the seeds of romance are established. But tragedy strikes again when,...more
Este é um relato da vida do grande músico Moses Froben. Um homem que não é um homem, mas que é um anjo. Um ser possuidor de uma voz límpida e cristalina. Moses, fora um menino criado num campanário pela sua mãe, acostumado à miséria e à miser...more
The author writes gorgeous, elegant prose and knows how to keep the reader continuously interested. The title made me think at first of Edgar Allan Poe, and the story indeed includes several events as grotesque and horrifying as anything in Poe, although the style is more sedate and much less baroque, which I suppose is appropriate for a musical tale set during the neoclassical period.
The main character is prodigiously talented and suffers terribly throughout th...more
Ugh. The underlying story is interesting. The son of a deaf/mute woman from a small hill town has through the course of events, developed or maybe even been born with the ability to hear sound very differently, hear little details, great distance, how bits and pieces of sound go together. His description of what he hears is in great color and detail. It could be beautiful but the surrounding of the story is co...more
Some pain need not be explored in such excruciating detail... some ugliness in the world, while we should be aware of it and ev...more
Actually, it is really about an opera singer, Moses Froben, not the opera per se. The story follows Moses from his early life bo...more
An Operatic Masterpiece
In a village hidden high atop a mountain in the Swiss Alps, a baby boy is born to the world of music by a mute mother who rings the town church bells. Born in the belfry to the ringing of these bells, this young boy learns his mother was raped by the parish priest; the very man who will throw this innocent boy, his bastard son, off a bridge above a raging river to wipe his crime from existence.
Rescued and pulled from the waters below, the young boy is found by the waters...more
How ironic that Nicolai, the protector of our musical hero says, "“Such music! Opera! How could I waste a moment with a book!” Although the writing is at times contrived, the power of visceral sound that reverberates from the pages of The Bells is astounding. If you are a lover of theatrics and sumptuous opera, this book is for you. Overwrought with all of the excesses we revel in on the opera stage, this opera lover read the book more with her ears than her eye...more
The Bells is set in the latter half of the 18th century. It starts out in The Swiss Confederation and moves to Vienna. The book is written in the first person, in the form of a letter from the protaganist to his son.
Moses Froben was born in a belfrey, the son of a deaf woman charged with ringing the 'loudest bells in the land' and a vicious priest, who later attempts to kill Moses when he realizes he's not a deaf imbecile. H...more
As a music student there are times I pick up a book with a musical theme and, more often than not, I end up disappointed. This can be for a few reasons: the authors naivety when it comes to the skill and discipline, the lack of research placed in musical history (relying instead on a few famous names and works).
Richard Harvell d...more
About The Bells:
INDIE NEXT PICK, October, 2010
"The Bells does for the ears what Perfume did for the nose. A novel to engage the senses as well as tickle the mind."
—Sarah Dunant, international bestselling a...more