A Novel

Book - 2007
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A bestseller in France, Ravel is a beguiling and original evocation of the last 10 years in the life of a musical genius. Opening in 1927 as Maurice Ravel - dandy, eccentric and curmudgeon - voyages across the Atlantic to begin his triumphant grand tour across the United States, Ravel is not just a delightfully quirky portrait of a famous musician coping with the ups and downs of his professional and personal life, but also a touching farewell to a dignified and lonely old man going reluctantly into the night.
Uniform Title: Ravel. English
Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2007.
ISBN: 9781595581150
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 126 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Coverdale, Linda


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Mar 20, 2018

A unique and beautiful small novel based on the last years of the French composer Ravel. The foreword by Adam Gopnik, one of my favourite writers, sets you up to understand the book and appreciate it deeply. It would probably have happened without the foreword but in itself the foreword is a wonderful treatise about how you can show a big picture with surface events. The book is like a series of vignettes - Ravel in his bath, Ravel on a train, on a trip, on American tour, in a restaurant, and when you've read these, you have a feeling of knowing this man far more deeply than you might have had you read the 1000-page official biographical tome.

Dec 01, 2012

This is an essential text.


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