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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Oh, Alice, thanks. I have to read this. The classical music allusions make me think of The Goldbug Variations, which put me, too, a bit over my head, but taught me, as well. Thank you.

message 2: by Alice (new)

Alice Poon Oh Virginia, the author is apparently quite obsessed with this piece - The Goldberg Variations, performed by Glenn Gould.

message 3: by Brina (new)

Brina I'm glad that you enjoyed this, Alice. I thought that the author was obsessed with both the Goldberg Variations and also Prokofiev's Sonata #3. I unfortunately do not know enough about music either to know how accurate the descriptions are but the music seems powerful regardless.

message 4: by Alice (new)

Alice Poon Brina, maybe you're right - the music description just didn't grab me at all.

message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

Oh, Alice, really? I was thinking of the Richard Powers book, which is actually The Gold Bug (2 words, like Poe) Variations, which did send me scrambling about to see if I had them, which I did. I listen to a lot of classicalusic, but know nothing about it, or little. It must be similar to the hold the Mona Lisa's smile has on so many people. How interesting. I listened to the Goldberg Variations several times after that book, and could hear it, rather like following a subtle and complex pantoum in poetry, one that plays with the formula. I can only imagine the affect that has on someone who is more musically gifted than I.

message 6: by Alice (last edited Sep 03, 2017 06:25PM) (new)

Alice Poon Virginia, then I think you'll be able to appreciate the musical descriptions of this novel. The only piece mentioned therein that I'm familiar with is Shostakovich's Waltz No. 2, which I absolutely love :)

message 7: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie OK, so for you it was worth picking up the novel even after reading several non-fiction books. Good to know. Thank you.

message 8: by Diane S ☔ (new)

Diane S ☔ Very nice review, Alice.

message 9: by Alice (new)

Alice Poon Chrissie wrote: "OK, so for you it was worth picking up the novel even after reading several non-fiction books. Good to know. Thank you."

Yes, Chrissie, I thought so. The continuity of experiences of three generations gives an even sharper perspective of the various atrocious events seen as a whole.

message 10: by Alice (new)

Alice Poon Diane S ☔ wrote: "Very nice review, Alice."

Thanks, Diane!

message 11: by Chrissie (new)

Chrissie Interesting perspective, Alice. Thanks for your help.

message 12: by Alice (new)

Alice Poon You're most welcome, Chrissie!

message 13: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Great review, Alice . It's on my list .

message 14: by Alice (new)

Alice Poon Thanks, Angela!

message 15: by Nell (new)

Nell Volare I am reading this also. The Goldberg Variations have informed several books I've read over the past few years. There is something so thematic about them, like a poetry cycle. It is a very rich and demanding book. Gould. Fascinating. One would almost like to listen to the music and read at the same time, but that's far too much to absorb.

message 16: by Alice (new)

Alice Poon Good for you, Nell! Glad you appreciate both the music and its connection to the novel.

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