The New York Times bestselling true story that inspired the major motion picture—an “unforgettable tale of hope, heart and humanity”(People).
Journalist Steve Lopez discovered of Nathaniel Ayers, a former classical bass student at Julliard, playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles’s Skid Row. Deeply affected by the beauty of Ayers’s music, Lopez took it upon himself to change the prodigy's life—only to find that their relationship would have a profound change on his own.
“An intimate portrait of mental illness, of atrocious social neglect, and the struggle to resurrect a fallen prodigy.”—Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down
Perhaps the fact that William Hughes is an accomplished musician and a political science professor allows him to slip so easily into both the voice of free-associating, schizophrenic, homeless musical prodigy Nathaniel Ayers, and the more professional voice of LA Times columnist Lopez. Lopez stumbles across Ayers playing his violin on the street a few blocks from his downtown office and writes a column about him that piques the public's interest. This begins an inspiring tale of a friendship rife with triumphs, disappointments, and human kindness. Hughes reads Lopez's narration with the casual authority of one telling his own story. When the dialogue is Ayers', Hughes makes a subtle but effective vocal shift to make him sound more loose and free, but also more anxious. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Feb. 18).
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Brings awareness to a hidden topic
(Tiny Spoiler ahead!)The Soloist is told through the point of view of Steve Lopez. Lopez meets a man on the streets named Nathaniel who is an amazing musician. This story is mostly on building their relationship and learning more about Nathaniel’s mental health issues. I really enjoyed the book actually. But the ending wasn’t satisfying for me. But I do enjoy how Lopez felt the need to write a story on Nathaniel and publish it. I gave this book four stars because it was great up until the last few chapters. I felt like it slowed down a lot. I would love an update on them however!
Couldn't put it down!
Wonderful read. Glad I stumbled upon this book.