Body & Soul Body & Soul

Body & Soul

A Novel

    • 4.7 • 101 Ratings
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Publisher Description

This saga of a son of the working class who grows into a piano prodigy is “hypnotically readable . . . The best story I know of in a long, long time” (Vanity Fair).
 
As a boy, Claude Rawlings looks up through the grated window of his basement apartment to watch the world go by. Poor, lonely, supported by a taxi-driver mother whose eccentricities spin more and more out of control, he faces the terrible task of growing up on the margins of life, destined to be a spectator of that great world always hurrying out of reach. But there is an out-of-tune piano in the small apartment, and in unlocking the secrets of its keys, as if by magic, Claude discovers himself. He is a musical prodigy.
 
Body & Soul is the story of a young man whose life is transformed by a gift. The gift is not without price—the work is relentless, the teachers exacting—but the reward is a journey that takes him to the drawing rooms of the rich and powerful, private schools, a gilt-edged marriage, and Carnegie Hall. Claude moves through this life as if he were playing a difficult composition, swept up in its drama and tension, surprised by its grace notes. Music, here, becomes a character in its own right, equaled in strength only by the music of Frank Conroy’s own unmistakable and true voice.
 
Bristling with character and invention, Body & Soul is Dickensian in its range and richness. This is a novel with all the emotional appeal and moral gravity of a classic bildungsroman, but with a tone as contemporary as a jazz riff—an unforgettable achievement by one of the great writers of our time.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
1993
September 29
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
450
Pages
PUBLISHER
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
SELLER
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
SIZE
1.9
MB

Customer Reviews

JOJOdall ,

Excellent book, especially if you enjoy or play music.

Really enjoyed this- a good historical overview of New York , and a terrific story of a poor but super- talented kid in his rise to musical mastery- while hob- bobbing w/ the city’s elite. Beautifully written, great character depth.

Fladaddy ,

Bravo

I wanted the ending to give me one more rush through his performance. Riveting. The way he develops his characters and can leave them aside, go back to them, like a jazz riff taking hold of to heights and lows and grabbing you back to pay attention. Took me 3 days then kept me wanting to slow down, savor this concert of a novel. A great piece of work.

Janet Silver ,

My favorite book of all time.

As a musician, this book really reached me. As a human being, The concept of great struggling leading to great skills and talent was mesmerizing everyone should read this book.

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