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The Gustav Sonata Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata By Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

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***Shortlisted for the Costa Book Award*** ** The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller **What is the difference between friendship and love? Jewish and mercurial, a talented pianist tortured by nerves when he has to play in public, Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav's are entwined.

The Gustav Sonata Summary

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

***Shortlisted for the Costa Book Award*** ** The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller ** What is the difference between friendship and love? Or between neutrality and commitment? Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in 'neutral' Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav's father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav's childhood is spent in lonely isolation, his only toy a tin train with painted passengers staring blankly from the carriage windows. As time goes on, an intense friendship with a boy of his own age, Anton Zwiebel, begins to define Gustav's life. Jewish and mercurial, a talented pianist tortured by nerves when he has to play in public, Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav's are entwined. Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender, Rose Tremain's beautifully orchestrated novel asks the question, what does it do to a person, or to a country, to pursue an eternal quest for neutrality, and self-mastery, while all life's hopes and passions continually press upon the borders and beat upon the gate.

The Gustav Sonata Reviews

"This is a perfect novel about life's imperfection... Tremain is writing at the height of her inimitable powers... Remarkable and moving novel." -- Kate Kellaway * Observer *
"The Gustav Sonata is a magnificent novel, heartbreaking, unsentimental and beautifully written, and it reinforces my opinion that there are few writers out there with the dexterity or emotional intelligence to rival that of the great Rose Tremain." -- John Boyne * The Irish Times *
"Beautifully tender and brilliantly written novel... A tale of the most powerful part of any friendship: love. *****" * Stylist *
"In The Gustav Sonata, Tremain once again proves herself to be a writer of exceptional talent ... Previous novels like The Road Home have already showcased her staggering sensitivity and capacity for empathy but they're here again, magnificently undiminished. Tremain is a writer who understands every emotion ... and it's ultimately this understanding that has produced another exquisite book" -- Matt Cain * i *
"Tremain has the painterly genius of an Old Master, and she uses it to stunning effect... Glorious." -- Melissa Katsoulis * The Times *
"Elegant and spare, the novel traces the subtle nuances between friendship and passion, betrayal and disappointment... Tremain shows how good intentions can result in suffering, and does so with grace and tenderness." -- Fanny Blake * Daily Mail *
"Sentence by sentence, Rose Tremain's fiction provides rich pleasures: she renders her worlds...with vivid specificity and economical elegance. In her new novel The Gustav Sonata, the textures of her characters' surroundings are deftly drawn." -- Claire Messud * Financial Times *
"Reveals Tremain at her very best. It is a powerful account of loss, but also of friendship, of its inequalities and its compromises." -- Vanessa Berridge * Sunday Express *
"Tender, beautiful and finely characterized, this is the best book of the year so far for me" * WI Life *
"Tremain is a resourceful writer... The Gustav Sonata is a short book that manages to tell a gripping story about human fallibility while offering a meditation on life, time and desire." -- Pamela Norris * Literary Review *
"Does not disappoint in any way... Effortlessly constructed, deeply moving story... Written with exquisite simplicity and feeling, The Gustav Sonata is about discovering the freedom which loving bestows" * Woman & Home *
"Spare, deeply imagined and full of small gestures that draw the reader in towards deeper mysteries... Tremain is a writer of exemplary vision and particularity." -- Marcel Theroux * Guardian *
"Jewel of a novel... Tremain at her best" * S Magazine, Sunday Express *
"Haunting tale of friendship, betrayal and sadness... What Tremain omits, or merely hints at, is as vital as every word. This is a novel full of melancholy, but so is Mahler's Fifth Symphony, which is beautifully threaded through the story. We listen to its beauty as it transcends its tragedy. And, for much the same reasons, we read Tremain's exquisite prose." -- Anne Cunnigham * Irish Independent *
"*****...This is also a book about friendship and longing, unsentimentally told and bleakly precise... Tremain draws a conclusion that is simultaneously straightforward and sweetly transformative. Like so much else in this compassionate and musical novel, it hits a perfect note" -- Tim Martin * Telegraph *

About Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain's bestselling novels have been published in thirty countries and have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence) and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Sacred Country); Restoration was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and was appointed Chancellor of the University of East Anglia in 2013. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.

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The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
Used - Very Good
Vintage Publishing
Short-listed for Costa Novel Award 2017 (UK) Short-listed for Walter Scott Prize 2017 (UK) Long-listed for Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2017 (UK)
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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