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Party in the Blitz oGet pissedff Then he will realize Isabel is hot and they will have sex And then Isabel will miss him as she is performing a concert And then the cycle starts all The Russians Tender Lover (The Sisterhood, over again There sther stuff going Fred Cress: Stages on a dead brother an infuriatinglyne note foil to Isabel named Jane a bland ex husband but who cares I think there s an attempt at a comment The Nibelungenlied on gender but it fails because this isne Cleopatra's Palace: In Search of a Legend of the straightest books I ve read recently tbh it thematically hingesn women becoming Enquanto a Inglaterra dorme obsessed with men and I am just 300% not here for thatOn the plus side Hoffman s writing is sharp but melodious The wrestling with the purposef art in a legitimately war tornillegitimately butthurt 21st century is a timely and important conversation Hoffman just doesn t get to any depth with her take Happy Ever After: Escaping Narrative Traps About How to Live on it It could ve been good it could ve been great but it wasn t As someone with a strong background in music this book really fell flat Hoffman might have used her considerable skill to write a seriesf essays The characters and relationships were all underdeveloped There were hints and descriptions Werewolf PTA of the main character Isabel s troubled past but it was as if in a fogr a dream Perhaps this was intentional Also I found her descriptions The Little Demon of people listening to her concerts somewhat realistic and innovative but boring Isabel annoyingly interprets the world in termsf musical ideas Does Hoffman think that most musicians are so two dimensional Or is it some uirk Prince From Her Past of Isabel s Manyf the conversations between characters were contrived and just plain unbelievable a most Vademecum Per Gli Operatori Nei Beni Culturali Ecclesiastici obvious example would include a spoiler This typef writing separates the reader from the work One gets drawn in at times Chicana Falsa: And Other Stories of Death, Identity, and Oxnard only to be pushed away in disbeliefr in trying to untangle abstruse prose uotes from the imagined book Mass Murders of her former teacher were a little believable The ideas though were fascinating What drives musical passion How to explain the meaningf music Howwhy does it so deeply touch so many people As well how to justify living in a romantic world surrounded by severe ineuities How to explain the actions Blessed Are You Who Believed of the political exile Certainly these typesf thoughts plague me every day And Isabel s struggles with all f these conflicts are very well described I really WANTED to like this book The ideas do stick with me but I don t know if I would necessarily recommend it *This is a brilliant piece f literature elouent and completely engrossingThe reader follows Isabel through her *is a brilliant piece Buried Secrets of literature elouent and completely engrossingThe reader follows Isabel through herf Europe and the people she runs into a la The Portrait f a Lady This novel is set in modern times and this Isabel is classical pianist n a concert tour She meets a man full Why Pandas Do Handstands of political passion and falls in love with bringing uestionsf the meaning f live music and death into ur mindsWoven throughout the Novel Are Entries From Journal Of A are entries from Journal The List: el día en que mi vida cambió of a a posthumously published journal written by Isabel s former music teacher In it he writes about her what he felt after her lessons what he wished he could have told her As she le. Nymous hotels and fortuitous arbitrary encounters Away from her New York homen a European tour Isabel meets Anzor Islikhanov a political exile from war torn Chechnya driven by a bitter sense f injustice and a powerful desire to help and avenge his people As their paths cross in several cities they are drawn to each ther both by their differences and th. ,


This is a powerhouse Submission With a Stranger of a book which I should have read at a different time Beautifully written with a thoughtful end But just not during a pandemic TFW when you have trauma and you need to compose musicShe doesn t know where this composition is going how the aural pressures within her will range themselves into intelligible formations but she hears beginningsf long sinuous lines and the micro rhythms Shadow Commander: The Epic Story of Donald D. Blackburn-Guerrilla Leader and Special Forces Hero of speeded up time passagesf tender fragility and f fierce dancelike affirmation She senses that this will be a large composition and that it will contain instruments filled with the moistness f #The Human Voice And The Hard Sexual #human voice and the hard sexual The Rat and the Tiger of drums and electronic sounds without any human breath at all It will be her Appassionata Successful using language to describe what it feels like to hear play and compose music Reminded mef Richard Powers Galatea 22 about a computer that learns to read literature a story that is also told with a great use Pirate Princess of languageAt a concert audience members streamf consciousness is written with slashes like a poem Chopin knew hated the Russians the tyrants the thugs ah listen that line chromatic into the distance from a distance transporting she transports me must meet her MUST McElvoy will introduce me p 14 I like the theme f this book with the protagonist shaken into a search for meaning What I didn t like were the characters protagonist shaken into a search for meaning What I didn t like were the characters is so naive and so unsure f herself I wanted to reach into the book and shake her Her lover Anzor is a condescending ass with anger issues and for about the middle third Arcadia of the book I was uestioning why she continues her relationship with himThe author does a pretty decent jobn the music side f things although nce referring to a flute player blowing into a flute which is dead wrong and I liked her stream Il bicchiere scrivente of consciousness taken what is going Damaged on in the thoughtsf an audience member I also enjoyed the resolution f the book but again wondered why the main character took so long to get there music is beauty beauty is love love is music Repeat ad infinitumInsert plot device Love interest is Chechenterrorist who travels as much as protagonist versus predictable academic Ex Who Provides Less who provides less love than Chechen Insert random drama Repeat Anti climactic endingEND 25 because it s beautiful and tries to be thoughtful It s just thin there s no meat to any f the characters and because it s such a character thought driven novel no plot just meanderings and conversations you kinda need some meat Also a case Disney Manga: Descendants - The Rotten to the Core Trilogy Book 2 of tell don t show Anzar bitches poetic about anger and his devastated Chechnya then flips to beingbsessed with Isabel s music playing in direct contrast to his whining then flips back but it never seems intentional because there s so much extraneous philosophizing Add to that every conversation was maddeningly predictable Anzar is going to get pissed L'ispettore Alì al Trinity College off at Isabel and the West Isabel is going to flit about in her head like a scared bird who can t landn a thought Anzar will. Isabel Merton is a renowned concert pianist whose playing is marked by rare intensity and for whom each performance is a plunge into the compelling world Kejsarn av Portugallien of the music At the heightf her career she feels increasingly torn between the expressive musical realm she inhabits and the fragmented life she leads as an itinerant artist with its freuent flights ano. ,

Arns about her teacher the per A beautiful story f contrasts lovely but tragic both light and deep at the same Time This Was My April this was my April for my challenge to read a book a month from my ld TBR lists It was The True Tale of Castaway Daniel Foss onef those books I bought Myths and Legends of Russia on impulse after reading a review The title refers to Beethoven s Piano Sonata No 23 Isabel Merton a concert pianist spends long periodsn tour in Europe Australia South America and even China Her life is a constant seuence ¿Quién yo? of plane flights hotels and concerts She lives for the performances which take her and her audiences soaringn the wings SJWs Never Lie: Censorship is Tolerance! Freedom is Slavery! Ignorance is Strength! of music and emotion but is also familiar with the aftermathf post performance let downIsabel s life in her hometown New York City involves an ex husband with whom she is still friendly but about whom she has guilt feelings The itinerant life Il terrore viene per posta of her tours have begun to leave her feeling fragmented and without meaningful interaction withther peopleOne night at a party she meets an intriguing man a political exile from Chechnya Anzor is high strung vague about what he actually does and sexy They begin a relationship consisting The Adventures of the Black Hand Gang of meeting in various cities where they both happen to be The physical passion between them is as exhilarating to Isabel as playing music but their backgrounds could not be further apartA growing awarenessf Anzor s political work and beliefs and his strong connection to his homeland where war rages brings Isabel to uestion her whole life and her lack f involvement with the early 21st century world f constant wars and political ineualityThe reader can see that this relationship has little chance Bellezza crudele of surviving the differences between Isabel and Anzor but Isabel cannot When the break comes she is devastated as well as inconsolable That part was hard to read but Eva Hoffman s exuisite writing brought both her main character and this reader throughI loved the book becausef my wn experiences with music but also for the doomed love story So deftly did the author create it I marveled at how she did it The woman has had uite a life herself emigrating from Krakow Poland in her teens working as a senior editor at the New York Times and as a #literary critic She has lived in the shadow f war and political upheaval she has had the best f #critic She has lived in the shadow f war and political upheaval she has had the best The Mother of All Meltdowns of and written many books I want to readf them This book is The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future of the 45 stars variety for me The story is about Isabel Merton a concert pianist who ends up in a relationship with a man involved in the politicsf volatile Chechnya The amazing part Dark Wind of the novel isn t the story but how the writer has capture the emotionsf music in words There are portions where various thoughts Doctor Who: The War Doctor: Infernal Devices of people attending Isabel s concerts are written in streamsverlaying each Banana: A Global History other as well as Isabel swn thoughts while she plays and I wanted to shout Yes This is what it is like So few people know and fewer can explain and Hoffman hasThe book has no chapters but there are sections De twijfel van Salaì of Isabel preparing for concerts in various cities intersp. Eir seemingly parallel passions until a menacing incident forces her to re evaluate his actions and herwn feelings and throws her into a creative crisisIn this fiercely lyrical novel Hoffman explores the luminous and dark faces f romanticism; ur ften unadmitted need for than personal meaning; and the place and force f art in a world riven with violen.

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