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Mozart's Sister Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2006
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"...this book delivers an authentic and moving visit to another time and place." -- Violet Nesdoly, blogcritics.com
"I often felt as if I was sitting and talking with Nannerl as opposed to simply reading about her life." -- Lori Graham, onceuponaromance.net
"Moser inhabits her protagonist completely and does an exemplary job of giving voice to Nannerl's desires and frustrations." -- Lisa Respers France, bookloons.com
"Recommended for... fans of historical fiction, especially those who love music." -- Katie Hart, Christian Book Previews.com
"Wonderful story, heartwrenching on several occasions, but thoroughly enjoyable." -- Michelle Sutton, novelreviews.blogspot.com
"beautifully written and thought provoking, the kind of story that compels us to take a deeper look at our faith." -- Cindy Mealer, CK2sKwipsandKritiques.com
"guaranteed to make you appreciate the freedom we have in today's world." -- Diana Pederson, bellaonline.com
An emotionally-charged read, this inspiring historical novel will be sure to please, especially the music lovers in the audience." -- Sherri Myers, romancejunkies.com
Top Customer Reviews
Although steadfast in her love for her father Nannerl yearned for her chance at fame but resigned herself to disappointment then disillusionment of ever gaining the musical recognition so freely given to her brother. Life for Nannerl was not always fair and as she entered into adulthood and near spinsterhood happiness was still elusive until she chanced to fall in love. Nannerl's faith would be tested often throughout the years until finally coming to realize her place in the love of her family and God.
*** This is a beautifully written and well researched book that is extremely accurate based upon the prodigious amount of correspondence that Leopold Mozart (the father) insisted be kept. Told in the first person, it covers 30 years in the life of Mozart's sister who because of her sex and the times was never given the opportunity to shine. It portrays the father as a demanding task-master who indulged and directed his children's lives to their later detriment. Through good times, bad, financial windfalls and losses, sickness and death the author immerses the reader into the period invoking all the appropriate emotions and testing Nannerl's faith in herself and in God. At times it was so sad I needed to put it down over the injustice of watching a vibrant young soul kept the fame she was entitled to because of her gender. History lovers should find the historical tidbits, of which there are many, to be fascinating and for that purpose it will find an appreciative audience.
Marilyn Rondeau, RIO - Reviewers International Organization
While it is rich with lavish historical details which were well-researched by the author, and follows the every day life of the lesser-known Mozart child fairly accurately, it simply hasn't got enough substance of plot to keep one hooked. It is a great book for learning about the Mozart family, but not for the entertainment purposes that I generally read novels for. So while the synopsis is beautiful, the novel was made painstakingly historically accurate, and the writing was of good quality, "Mozart's Sister" still missed the mark for me.
Finally finding myself with Mama's full attention, I asked the question again. "What is my destiny, Mama?" To perform with your brother, becoming the greatest due in all musical hist--
Mama stroked my cheek. Her face lost its adamant edge and eased into a wistful smile. "You, my dear daughter, are destined to be a wife and mother. You will have many children and teach all of them to make music just as we have taught--"
I took a step back, shaking my head.
"You are upset?" Mama asked.
"I want to be a great musician like Wolfie. I want to compose and perform all over the world--with him."
"Even you brother will eventually need to find a paid position in a court. But paid musical positions are not available for women. Now, if you were a great singer, you might be able to sing in an opera..."
I felt the air go out of me...
"But it's not fair. Just because he's a boy and I'm a girl..."
Life was never fair for Nannerl Mozart. Possessing as much musical talent as her little brother Wolfgang, she was forced to sit idly in the shadows and endure the applause lavished upon him by the crown heads of every European nation. Dragged on tour around the globe, her talent and self-worth were at first stifled then altogether forgotten by those whose opinions mattered most. Ever the dutiful child and woman, Nannerl sacrificially gives way to Wolfie's fame and glory.
Even in love, she is thwarted, as plain, simple Nannerl is overlooked time and again. Yet she waits. Always waiting. Waiting for her shining moment, for her opportunity to make a name for herself. In the end, it is the noblest of callings in which she shines--that of wife and mother.
Author Nancy Moser has taken a forgotten name in history and brought it to life, finally doing justice to this unpretentious yet gifted woman. A compelling narrative, "Mozart's Sister" sympathetically relays the account of a girl's inward struggle between society's regulations and the extraordinary endowments God has given her which she yearns to share with the entire world.
Every fan of classical music will find this book enlightening, a wonderful collection to their library. "Mozart's Sister" is a heart-warming story of triumph through broken dreams, which will captivate the heart of even the most musically illiterate.
This one is a treasure.