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Gone by Min Kym
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‘Gone: A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung’ is a memoir by professional violinist Min Kym, who experienced a devastating personal and professional blow when her beloved violin, a Stradivarius, was stolen as she ate at a fast food restaurant with her boyfriend on a cold November night in 2010. The loss would rob her of her confidence in her ability and cause a prolonged crisis until she could find herself again.

While the incident that caused such heartbreak is a key part of the memoir, there is more that will interest the reader. Min Kym writes of her experience trying to reconcile the cultural influence of the country of her birth, South Korea, and that of her adopted country, England. She also shares the experience of being a child prodigy and her passion for the violin and for the music to which it can give voice. She also shares the personal relationships she experienced along the way, including the teachers who helped shape her, her parents, and the boyfriend who played a role in the loss of her violin. The loss itself causes her to reevaluate her choices and to look for a way to put the broken pieces of herself back together and be stronger and more independent.

I recommend the novel for its insight into what it’s like to be a gifted violinist but also for the story it tells. The writing could be more polished, but I felt Min Kym’s story was worth the read.

(Please note: this was an ARC and unfortunately rife with typos and in need of much editing. I assume the finished version reads more smoothly.)
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Reading Progress

June 9, 2017 – Shelved
June 9, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
August 28, 2017 – Started Reading
October 25, 2017 – Shelved as: memoir
October 25, 2017 – Finished Reading

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