Two insular worlds – classical music and Hasidic Judaism – are put under the microscope in this lively novel. Narrator Martin Simmonds lives in London with his uptight, class-conscious Jewish family, but his pedestrian childhood changes course in 1939 when Dovidl Rapoport, a refugee from Poland and a violin prodigy, moves in. Fast-forward to the present: Martin is now a Willy Loman-like loser, a sheet-music salesman stuck with a frosty marriage, a bad heart, and plenty of regrets. Lebrecht deftly unwraps Martin’s downward spiral – involving a mysterious disappearance and a religious awakening – with the calm and steady touch of a concert pianist.
The Song of Names Two insular worlds -- classical music and Hasidic Judaism -- are put under the microscope in this lively novel. Narrator Martin Simmonds lives in...The Song of NamesFictionNorman Lebrecht Two insular worlds -- classical music and Hasidic Judaism -- are put under the microscope in this lively novel. Narrator Martin Simmonds lives in...2004-02-20
Genre: Fiction; Author: Norman Lebrecht
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