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The Secret Life of Glenn Gould by Michael Clarkson
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Apr 04, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: biography, non-fiction, music
Read from May 27 to 28, 2012 — I own a copy

Two stars for effort since Michael Clarkson has undoubtedly put a tremendous amount of work into this book. On the other hand the reader cannot but ponder the necessity of this plunge into the lovelife of the extraordinary and very private musician. I have to concur with Cornelia Foss who is quoted saying "He was so private, he'd roll over in his grave, worrying that someone might find writings with his emotions on them."

So Mr. Gould has been sexually active, and he most likely was not gay or bisexual. There might be room for certain aspects of Gould's private life in a general biography, but I fail to see how this biography --on itself-- adds to our understanding of the remarkable pianist.

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