A Novel

eBook - 2007
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Ravel is a beguiling and original evocation of the last ten years in the life of the musical genius Ravel, written by novelist Jean Echenoz.The book opens in 1928 as Maurice Ravel--dandy, eccentric, curmudgeon--crosses the Atlantic abroad the luxury liner the SS France to begin his triumphant grand tour of the United States. A "master magician of the French novel" (The Washington Post), Echenoz captures the folly of the era as well as its genius, including Ravel's personal life--sartorially and socially splendid--as well as his most successful compositions from 19.
Publisher: New York : New Press, [2007]
Copyright Date: © 2007
ISBN: 9781620970003
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Coverdale, Linda
Alternative Title: Ravel


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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.

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