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Sleeping with Schubert: A Novel Paperback – November 29, 2005
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Sleeping with Schubert follows its heroine Liza Durbin from her debut at a Nordstrom piano to a full-fledged world tour that culminates in a grand finale at Lincoln Center. Along the way, Liza's quirky family make guest appearances, as well as her on-again/off-again boyfriend Patrick, her eccentric piano teacher, and a host of admirers and jealous acquaintances posing as well-wishers. Because this is inherently Chick Lit, Marson indulges in the issues so central to the genre, including warped body images, stunning sisters, cherished best friends, bad hair days, and crazy mothers ("Your father and I have a theory. Maybe you could be just a teeny little bit like an idiot-savant."). However, Schubert's presence adds a layer of complexity that is rare to this type of book; rather than dwelling on the hardships of magazine publishing and office flirtations, Marson treats the reader to a bit of culture and sophistication. By combining an unusual circumstance with a welcome and inviting level of introspection that is rare to most heroines in the genre, Marson offers audiences the chance to imagine a reality in which baby grand pianos fit in Brooklyn apartments and frumpy lawyers can become renowned Romantic composers. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Reviewed by Eugenia Zukerman
Sunday, July 4, 2004; Page BW08
SLEEPING WITH SCHUBERT
By Bonnie Marson. Random House. 382 pp. $21.95
Someone said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture, so wouldn't it be ironic if a visual artist, attempting her first novel, could not only skillfully describe creating and playing music, but also fashion characters and a story about it that are utterly enchanting? Well, say Hat's Off! to Bonnie Marson. Sleeping with Schubert is a dazzling, touching, funny and original tale. Marson's tone is pitch perfect, her storytelling is both polished and surprising, and her ability to make her characters as zany as they are lovable is alchemic.
While visiting her parents in California, Marson's heroine, a lawyer named Liza Durbin, suddenly feels an overwhelming urge to play the baby grand she spots near the shoe department at a local Nordstrom's. Having had only a few lessons in grade school, she gives a performance that is nothing short of miraculous. "I watched my fingers hurling, twisting, and dancing wildly, amazed they didn't pretzel up on me," Liza recalls. "Then came a light and lilting part pulling on strands of melody remembered from the beginning. The ending left me tear-drenched.Read more ›
On the surface, the book may not sound special. A woman suddenly finds herself sharing her body and mind with Franz Schubert, and able to write music and play the piano like him. Naturally, there are complications. How is she to explain this to others? How should she run her own life? How does she share more intimate and embarrassing moments with a man who has been dead for many years? Those complications are treated in as humorous a way as you can imagine. I find myself often reminded of the better moments in the Stephanie Plum novels, except with the setting being among the upper crust in the world's great concert halls and conservatories.
The book evolves naturally into how Schubert would see today's world, and what he would think of our music since then. Also, what musical tasks would he want to pursue? As a music fan, I found this part of the book to be especially delightful.
The book is both goofy and endearing. That's a hard combination to achieve, and I was most impressed by the results.
At the end I was left with the thought that I probably have unfinished business in my life. Why don't I just get on with it and finish that business? After all, one never knows what tomorrow will bring!
Through this bizarre relationship with Schubert, our heroine, reevaluates relationships with her boyfriend, parents, sister, old friends, at the same time she and Franz are coping with some of his unfulfilled passions and needs. There are some great surprises, and some very emotional moments.
There's much to be learned about music and those who live in that rarified world.
There are some awesome scenes towards the end that will translate into a very powerful movie. This book was pure joy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
to live for a while in a dream is awesome, to dream of Schubert is wonderful .Published 5 months ago by Maha
Holds your interest. Not believable. Informative about music. Close but dysfunctional family unit. I liked it anyway.Published 5 months ago by Irene Danon
Whenever I am enjoying a novel, I tend to slow down towards the ending. It's because I don't want the book to end. That's what happened with "Sleeping with Schubert. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lauren B. Grossman
If you like Schubert's music, you will love this book!Published 13 months ago by Kathryn K. Fulhorst
This was a very good book. Funny in a lot of places. I really enjoyed it.Published 19 months ago by Tammy
I liked this book, but then I like the supernatural. This was a very fun book and amusing book to read. Nothing heavy about it. Just great fun.Published 21 months ago by jerry chase
The story kept me interested in what was coming next. The details in terms of sex were relatively inexplicit which i appreciated.Published 22 months ago by Joy Buster
Anyone would find this book amusing. This is a must read for anyone who loves classical music. It starts in Nordstrom's where the main character is annoyed by the piano player. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Robin Raborn
This book was written with exquisite taste and attention to detail. I loved the similes and metaphors, her humor, and her ability to make any reader fall in love with Schubert as... Read morePublished on September 2, 2013 by Maryann