- File Size: 835 KB
- Print Length: 451 pages
- Publisher: Popham Gardens Publishing (February 3, 2011)
- Publication Date: February 3, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004NNVWDE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,747,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Vissi d'arte - Love and Music Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The story weaves the ordinary with the extraordinary, old age with youth, success with failure. Gawky youths become magnificent divas, transformed by the magic of art, music, costumes - and rigorous discipline; then off-stage they once again become young people who must deal with their insecurities, doubts, and day to day concerns.
Reading about the main character alone makes this book worthwhile. Harriet Shaw, the fictional founder of the National Theatre, captures our attention by her forceful personality, her commitment to art, and the power her secret has over her (I love reading about older heroines and they're not that easy to come by). Ward's books have a movie-like quality to them: rich in drama, incredibly visual, and inhabited by engaging characters who are strong and unpredictable, yet always identifiable.
The lives of the characters entwine. Love affairs begin and end. Friends and enemies are made. Arguments about Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War erupts. Convention competes with change. Harriet's secret is in danger of being made public. Past and present collide as the forces from the past wreak their destruction.
A promising Aussie author with a fresh voice and a knack for brilliant characterization! I highly recommend!
The characters lead the reader on, Max the banker who has always desired to show off his voice on stage, the young women vying for lead roles, some unsure and one insidious, a director whose favorites wait on his choice, a journalist who uncovers the intrigue behind the curtain, and an opera coach whose past is veiled after her move to Australia.
It's entrancing to identify with a student in the opera school. Their language lessons and their acting practice are carefully depicted while the author shows how the intensity of this art and its student circle can develop into destructive passion. The knives in rehearsal, the parts that are assigned become prelude to a desperate singer's scheme to obtain a lead singer's life. But the most operatic of all pasts is that of the teacher, Harriet Shaw, not known to have sung since she left England.
Realistic dialogue, details about the restaurants and leased houses the opera students inhabit, their days off at the ocean are all redolent of the performing artist's life. If a person wonders how much these lives have to do with the stage's stories, Vissi d'arte portrays both the discipline and the off-hours release of this demanding lifestyle.
Please, Joanna, another like this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great twisting of plot line as you follow these adult's lives in their quest to become opera singers and find love and happiness in their lives. Great read! Read morePublished on October 30, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I loved this book. The authour has bought these characters so to life, you care what happens to them. It also shows you behind the scenes at a drama school. Read morePublished on October 4, 2012 by sj
I'm not a musician or singer, but a very keen listener to a whole range of music. My favourite 'old days' singer is Maria Callas, so I was immediately drawn to this book as her... Read morePublished on October 3, 2012 by Mary Josefina Cade
Some live for art. Not everyone can. We, as readers, however, are able to lose ourselves by and by in the richness of its world, to submerge therein and resurface with an uplifted... Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by John B. Campbell