Quartet for the End of Time

Quartet for the End of Time

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The year is 1932, and America is roiling with unrest. Angry WWI veterans, embittered by the ruinous poverty inflicted by the Great Depression, join forces and, calling themselves the Bonus Army, march on Washington to demand payment of the wartime bonus promised them for their service during the war.Arthur and Douglas Sinclair, an impoverished veteran and his son, make the arduous journey from Kansas to join the march. Alden and Sutton Kelly, the rebellious children of a powerful Washington judge, become involved with the veterans' struggle, causing an irreparable rift in the Kelly family. When the Bonus march explodes in a violent clash between government and veteran forces, Arthur is falsely accused of conspiracy and disappears. The lives of Douglas, Alden, and Sutton are forever changed--linked inextricably by the absence of Arthur Sinclair.As these three lives unfold in the wake of the Bonus riots, we are taken to unexpected places--from the underground world of a Soviet spy to Hemingway's Florida and the hard labour camps of Roosevelt's New Deal Projects in the Keys; from occultist circles in London to occupied Paris and the eventual fall of Berlin; and finally, to the German prison camp where French composer Olivier Messiaen originally wrote and performed his famous Quartet for the End of Time.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Penguin Group (Canada), 2014
ISBN: 9780143193227
0143193228
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Structured like the composition by Messiaen it is named for, Skibsrund's new novel is divided into eight movements. In the opening movement, we follow the actions of two young children and an army veteran during the “Bonus Army Riots” of 1932. This movement grounds the novel and provides a motif ... Read More »

Structured like the composition by Messiaen it is named for, Skibsrund's new novel is divided into eight movements. In the opening movement, we follow the actions of two young children and an army veteran during the “Bonus Army Riots” of 1932. This movement grounds the novel and provides a motif... Read More »

The title is from the music of composer Messiaen who wrote the quartet while in a German POW camp. Written with eight movements and an interlude the structure of the novel is akin with the music. The narrative is about a son who is troubled by the false charges which were laid against his fathe... Read More »


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