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Piano Lessons by Anna Goldsworthy
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really liked it
bookshelves: australia, auto-biography, music

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is as much about an inspirational teacher as it is about a precociously talented young student who reaches the top level of her artistic profession. Goldsworthy takes us on the path from a childhood through to an adulthood dominated by her obsession with the piano. Her whole life is changed by the piano teacher discovered by her grandfather. The teacher is a Russian exile, with amusingly fractured English, and unique insights into the difference between someone who plays the piano with technical proficiency, and someone who is a true artist.

It reminds me in some ways of "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", in that it describes in great detail a subject which few of us know intimately, and manages to do this in a gripping way. There are of course also shades of "Dead Poets Society" in the inspirational figure of the teacher.

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Reading Progress

February 1, 2017 – Started Reading
March 6, 2017 – Finished Reading
March 15, 2017 – Shelved
March 15, 2017 – Shelved as: australia
March 15, 2017 – Shelved as: auto-biography
March 15, 2017 – Shelved as: music

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