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Gone by Min Kym
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it was amazing
bookshelves: arc, genre-biography-memoir, subj-music, culture-korean, loc-europe-uk

This book has it all. In her beautifully written memoir, Min Kym describes her life as a childhood prodigy who received notice from a very early age. From the age of six, when she first picked up a scaled down violin, she knew where her future and passion would lie. With each successive instrument, increasing in size and importance, she mastered her technique and expanded her repertoire, until, in a moment suffused with more romance than deemed possible, she met "the one," a rare 1696 Stradivarius. From their first contact, Min and her violin experienced a connection unlike any other, and this description enhanced my appreciation of the strong affinity between musician and instrument of choice, most particularly the violin as it becomes an extension of the artist, sharing breath and exaltation. If this sounds over the top, it really isn't given the attachment between Min and her violin.

It is not giving anything away to reveal she was separated from it 10 years later when it is stolen in a London cafe. But how this is handled is so deft, it reads almost like a thriller you know the outcome of, but are powerless to prevent. So, in addition to a stunning, revealing, intimate and generous autobiography, there is also the element of crime. But she shares so much more than the mere facts of her life -- I came away with a deeper appreciation for the music, the sacrifices a musician must undergo, and also her Korean heritage.

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Reading Progress

March 17, 2017 – Started Reading
March 17, 2017 – Shelved
March 17, 2017 – Shelved as: arc
March 17, 2017 – Shelved as: genre-biography-memoir
March 17, 2017 – Shelved as: subj-music
March 20, 2017 – Shelved as: culture-korean
March 20, 2017 – Shelved as: loc-europe-uk
March 22, 2017 – Finished Reading

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Joyce Kasa, your review has enticed me. Thanks. I'm adding it.

Kasa Cotugno Joyce wrote: "Kasa, your review has enticed me. Thanks. I'm adding it."

Joyce -- I can't wait to hear what you think.

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