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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (October 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060936983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060936983
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Andrea Bocelli wrote this memoir himself on a special Braille computer, without a ghostwriter. He chose to tell his own life story through the eyes of a boy called Amos, a charming and unusual device characteristic of this modest man. Bocelli lives in Monte Carlo and summers in Tuscany with his wife and two sons.


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It is very entertaining and inspiring!
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In the best sense of the word,he is a reminder that we can do the same.
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Please read this lovely book - you will be better for it.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By "helenes" on November 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book last year from amazon .uk.I have read it three times ,and each time I discover something new.In today's world it is difficult to find a well rounded person,especially if that person is a TENOR,with egos big as all outdoors.Egos that seemingly need to be constantly fed.He is a wonder.Talented in various ways,his writings are as artful as his singing.Add to that the ability to compose,write poetry,give of himself to worthy causes,constantly studying to be "accepted"and recognized as a legitimate opera singer,committed to his family,well read,and above all,meeting the challenge of sightlessness.Achieving success,breaking records consistently,he recognizes what he perceives to be his failings.He writes about those perceptions in an honest,straightforward manner,offering no excuses.In a humble way,he tells the tale.The story flows,as water in a stream the time passes,and you suddenly realize you have been so engrossed in this life story,it is long past your bedtime.The Music of Silence is more than a good read.I put the book down relucantly,feeling like I had stepped out of Bocelli's life,back into my own.Very few writers have enough self confidence to expose their innermost feelings for all the world to see.How ironic it is that Bocelli,who cannot see with his eyes,does so with his heart.He has met the challenges in his life,and continues to do so.In the best sense of the word,he is a reminder that we can do the same.Bravo,Andrea,and everyone else who reads this book and accepts their own challenges. !!!!!!!
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Eckhout on October 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Note: I purchased this Harper Collins book, but my review is based on the reading of the Virgin Publication (same text & translator).
This book will not teach you anything about opera or even music for that matter. We get something much better; a frank and introspective story of a life (so far), one full of all those things which make each one of us ordinary and extraordinary at the same time. The story of a man who never let go of his dreams, even when time and many other obstacles lay in his path. It shows how important a wise and loving family and caring friends can be in the big scheme of things. In this case, the life of a man whose voice has captivated millions of fans, myself included.
It is a rare glimpse into a man's conscience, not just in it's bright and shiny refined state of maturity, but in the beginnings when we all strive to determine who we are and make our own way.
Andrea shares openly incidents in his life where retrospect reveals mistakes and misguided notions. He comes out the other end of self-discovery with a philosophy and attitude towards life to be admired.
He shows that one cannot merely "wish" for something to be so. Effort and action need to accompany any goals in life, and is courageous in his quest. The seed of an idea to become a singer grew through the years, instead of fading. It is a book of hope, which should inspire even the most jaded of souls, who have given up their dreams merely because the passage of time has dimmed their flame.
On page 115, he writes: "every man distinguishes himself by his unique qualities, but all men resemble each other in their defects, which are universal." Reading this book, you will come to know the boy and the man from Tuscany whose life is infinitely unique, just as we all are.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the memoir music-lovers have waited for. This liquid golden-voiced Italian tenor from Tuscany, tells of his blindness & how music soothed him; of his struggles as a boy to live a normal life; his studies to become a lawyer & how he found his world-class voice.
Andrea Bocelli is a refreshingly simple, humble fellow imbued with love, humor & a sense of the Grand Adventure.
Andrea Bocelli wrote this memoir himself on a special Braille computer, without a ghostwriter & Stanislav Pugliese translated it into English.
This is the angel who sang for Mayor Juiliani during a Memorial for those who perished in the September 11 attacks & I only wish there had been a CD of his favorite songs attached to this memoir.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Edith Harvath on July 28, 2002
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This is a beautifully written memoir by Andrea Bocelli, who brings to his writing the same qualities he does to his singing--passion, emotional intensity, and love of life.
In recalling the people and places that shaped his life, he is detailed, but also gives his impressions.
A reflective and spiritual man, he is also very active, a man of the world, determined to prove to himself and others that "it was possible for a blind person to do anything he set his mind to. If people judged that something was beyond my capacities, I felt obliged to prove them wrong."
With his usual honesty and insight, he also realizes how much of his identity is based on his extra-ordinary talent: "Day after day, the idea that only my vocal talents could attract the attention and respect of others became more and more rooted in my mind. Singing came for me an identity from which it was impossible to flee."
One can see from these two quotes that his need to prove himself and his strong sense of identifcation with his singing, were the cornerstones on which he built his amazing career.
I was surprised to find that contrary to the somewhat stiff and formal image he sometimes conveys, he is actually an extrovert, tempestuous, and even led a rather desultory exitence during certain periods of his life (especailly when he was playing piano in piano bars in and around Pisa). His relationship with Enrica seemed largely based on the fact that he felt she would help keep him on the straight and narrow.
Expressive, poetic, and even philosophical (he comes to the conclusion we all have destinies we are meant to fulfill), this memoir is a fascinating look into the personality and character of a very gifted and courageous man, who writes, as he sings, from the heart.
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