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Esther  (estame) | 37 comments Mod
Are you planning to read Orfeo?

Trudie (trudieb) Purely by chance I had just finished this one as the longlist was announced. It is a bit of a ride for sure - hard going I think, especially if you are not terribly musically inclined but wow the boy can write. I was mesmerised by some of the passages in this. So I guess for me it was admired for it's ambition and writing but I didn't fall warmly in love with it.
Really interested in other people's opinions particularly if your coming at as say a music or composition student ...

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Lee Ann | 24 comments I really liked this book. That said, although I was not a music major, I do play guitar and piano, am the mother of two All State Band kids and am enough of a nerd to listen to Mahler, Mozart's Jupiter and other works mentioned in the book while knocking out spreadsheets at the office. I also formerly lived in Champaign-Urbana, where parts of this book take place.

Do you need to have a music background to appreciate this book? Not necessarily, but it probably helps!

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