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Nanina, as Anna is called among her friends, falls in deeply love with her brilliant, though much older, mentor. This part I believe it true - but the novel is fictional. I don't know how Ms. Waldron did it, but she made me believe completely in Anna and Mozart's story. I read "Mozart's Wife" and loved it - this book entranced me as well. The historical research that must have gone into this book is impressive, the setting, the people, and the customs of the time are painstakingly recordedl.An amazing novel for lovers of history and of Mozart. Highly recommended.
From the tender age of nine, until Mozart's death when she was all of 18, Nanina Gotlieb has adored the kapellmeister. Talented and shy, she grows from child to woman to prima dona under Mozart's hands. Told through Nanina's point of view and filtered through the perspective of old age, a particularly evocative part of the book is a passionate account centering around a secluded house in the woods, where god and worshiper, genius and muse create "The Magic Flute."
Juliet Waldron's descriptions of something as mundane as the stench of an outhouse or as uplifting as a Mozart duet sung with absolute perfection under a moonlit sky dragged me into this other world, with all its contradiction. This is a book that touches the senses and left me wondering, along with its narrator, "How much music was lost forever the night he died?"
Concerning the last year of Mozart's life, the love story might have happened just this way. Passionate-forbidden- a vienese version of "A Star is Born."- but much, much more. Songs translated from "The Magic Flute" are woven into the book as naturally as the descriptions of people and place. This really knocked my socks off, and so you don't have to know the opera or Mozart's music to love this book. Juliet Waldron takes you by the hand into this other world so completely that you will never forget it.
In the wicopedia description of Anna Gottleib, I read that as an old woman she lived in poverty and was ridiculed when she claimed to be the first Pamina. I wish I hadn't read that. The narrator of My Mozart seems more real.
This story is a steadily moving and compelling story of Nanina Gottlieb, a little known young student of Mozart, whose life was dominated by her love for her Master. I was impressed by the level of research the author obviously had done before writing about the erotically charged times and atmosphere of Vienna at the time of Mozart's greatest success and succeeding fall from grace. The story is alive and sparkling with the sense of immediacy.
When writing about an obscure historical person about whom little is left on record, it takes an unusual sense and inner hearing to bring the character to light. The person of Nanina rings true and passionate and sweet. Her voice as narrator is real.
Being a tale of the music world of late 1700's Vienna, the story is rife with many characters, who also, amazing to me, rang fully individual and true, in spite of secondary roles. And, of course, there is Mozart himself, his genius, pain, passion, raziness and angst as he tries to hold life together after he has lost the favor of the court and high society.
I look forward to reading the rest of this author's stories.