Gone: A Girl, a Violin, a Life Unstrung
'All my life my Stradivarius had been waiting for me, as I had been waiting for her . . .'
At 7 years old Min Kym was a prodigy, the youngest ever pupil at the Purcell School of Music. At 11 she won her first international prize. She worked with many violins, waiting for the day she would play 'the one'. At 21 she found it: a rare 1696 Stradivarius, perfectly suited to her...more
This book sang to me – what a joy to read and an honour to be inside Min Kym’s world. Despite the relatively short length of the story, this is just the written story – like a page of written music is really an entire concerto. The story of Min Kym’s journey to the violin maestro she became is something to marvel at long after you’ve finished.
The writing is warm and friendly – I was Min Kym’s friend from the start. Her passion for music, for her violin stan ...more
Thanks to the goodreads firstreads giveaway ...more
The best memoirs are the ones that can bring you into a life as it was lived by someone else, and Kym does exactly that. The story she's told--alternately beautiful and horrifying--wraps you in it's arms and shows you what it is to be a virtuoso but also to be a young woman in ...more
Then she finds what she calls her “soulmate” – a valuable Stradivar ...more
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Someone asked me once if, side by side, I could have a perfect version of my violin or the version that I have, which one would I choose? It's hard to say I wouldn't choose the perfect one, because I've never heard it, never held it, never taken it out of its case, but its imperfections were what made my violin my violin, what made it almost human. I needed those imperfections, needed to coax out the brilliance that lay within its damaged frame. I loved my violin, but I also had compassion for...more
This is a love story.
I was very intrigued with the book, reading its excerpt and reviews in Goodreads. I am glad that I was chosen to received a free copy from Times Reads and to review it.
This is a love story, but a love between a girl and her violin. Min Kym was the youngest ever pupil at the Purcell School of Music. At 11 she won her first international prize. She was a prodigy, her talent was recognised ...more
5 Stars, more if I could give more.
"My violin was born in 1696, the year Peter the Great became Tsar of Russia. It's seen off Napoleon, Queen Victoria, Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, two world wars, and so far, the atomic bomb. People come, people go, violinists live, violinists die, empires rise and fall and the violin lives on, washed from shore to shore on tides of wealth, fortune and history. But this is just a speck of time for my ...more
There was a delay between when I downloaded this book and when I read it, and that delay was long e ...more
This was the first 'uncorrected proof' that I've received that I felt lived up to its name. The amount of typos and errors throughout the pages was jarring and made the already short, choppy sentences that much more choppy and lacking readability.
In addition to that, I was quite bored until the action, so to speak, began, in the fourth chapter, when Min's violin gets ...more
Musician Min Kym was a child prodigy and is, by all measures, a remarkably gifted violinist. What she is not is a remarkably gifted writer. That's not a slight, simply a fact. She repeats the few points she has over and over and over via a choppy and dull prose. It might read as conversational, but that's not necessarily a good thing. The tale of her stolen Stradivarius is the h ...more
This author brings not only music but also her instrument itself to life through her words, so that her violin is thoroughly ...more
Min was eating lunch with her partner at Euston Station when her priceless Stradivarius was stolen. This plunged her in to depression and effectively ended her glittering career.
I loved this book. Being a musician myself I can completely relate. It was also fascinating to hear about her Korean upbringing and how being a talented prodigy affected her for the rest of her ...more
They're like great trees, these violins. Like those from which they're made. They live through epochs.
Min Kym fell in love for the first time as a young child with a violin. Parental expedience demanded that she play either trumpet or violin as those were the only instructors available in the same time slot as Kym's older sister's piano lesson. She was immediately taken with the instrument. In the week between settling on the violin and receiving her first, she cut out a paper violin to "play". ...more
What's the Book About?
Gone is Min Kym's memoir. She was a child prodigy and started playing the violin (exceptionally well) at the age of six. In the way that prodigies do, she quickly gained recognition for her abilities and was soon playing in concerts across the globe.
At the age o ...more
While the incident that caused such heartbreak is a key part of the memoir, there is mor ...more
But a darker meaning of special intruded on the trajectory of her success when her beloved violin was stolen from a crowded ra ...more
That is what this book inspired in me. The music major (piano/voice) in me was jumping up and down as I read and listened to this book. By the way, I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley.
As I have often said, it is hard to rate an autobiography. It is their life, their truth. Even so, if you have practiced any instrument for any length of time you feel what the author feels about her violin. Min Kym has written a readable and relatable story. She descr ...more