Vienna Nocturne

Vienna Nocturne

A Novel

Book - 2014
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"In the tradition of Paula McLain's The Paris Wife and Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone comes a sweeping historical love story and a portrait of an age. Vienna Nocturne is a deeply moving debut novel that brings to life two extraordinary figures a thirty-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a young English soprano, Anna Storace, who was his muse in prose as spirited, timeless, and touching as Mozart's greatest compositions. In late-eighteenth-century London, a young girl takes her first singing lessons with a mysterious castrato in exile. Her life is forever changed. Having learned everything he can teach her, Anna leaves behind all the security and familiarity of home and journeys to Naples and Venice to struggle and triumph in Italy's greatest opera houses. Only sixteen, she finds herself in an intoxicating world of theaters, nobility, and vice, overwhelmed by her newfound freedom and fame. Her first bitter experience of love and heartbreak inevitably follows. Within a few years, Anna is invited to sing in Vienna, the City of Music, by the emperor himself. There, in a teasing game of theft and play, Anna first meets Mozart, a young virtuoso pianist and stri
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780345536372
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 25 cm


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May 28, 2014

For someone who loves music and especially Mozart, I was really looking forward to this novel. Disappointingly, it did not live up to my expectations. As a historical novel it falls flat on the details, which is what I love about historical fiction. And as a romance, it lacks passion. What it gives instead is a bland portrayal of a time period that is full of color and exuberance that should ultimately shine through. The author seems to have that in her own love of music, she just cannot share that with her reader.


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