- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 26 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Uvi Poznansky
- Audible.com Release Date: September 15, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015F0CL06
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The White Piano: Still Life with Memories, Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Both of Uvi's books, The White Piano and The Music of Us, strike a cord of reality as my mother actually did succumb from Alzheimer's. Like Ben, I would have been over-the-top livid and unforgiving if what his father did fictionally was done to me. Fortunately I did not live such betrayal in real life.
What I am going to tell you is that this book reminds of poetry in motion. Of music set to a tune the characters is humming in your ears. Of a tapestry seen through tinted glass.
As you read the story unfolds much like when you peel an onion. You might cry but you will also get to the part where the story turns sweetly bitter, deliciously aromatic - you will get to a point where you go - that is me!
This story is amazing. Don't take my word for it. Get your copy today and see for yourself.
And let yourself hum along.
And like her previous book I have read, (nearly all books now) I could not put it down.
What is there to say? she moves my heart as I feel with the story of passion, love, pain, regrets and sorrow.
I won't say more. You have to get the well written book by the excellent author.
To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about Anita’s dialog, but I suppose it’s just the bad grammar that drives me nuts. However, that’s who she is, and it fits, but it makes me like her even less. With that said, the author draws the reader in to each character, and you can really understand where Ben and his father are coming from and why they each feel what they feel. Even their mistakes and at times, peculiar behavior, entice you to read on and find out what happens next. And what happens next is never what you expect.
In short, the book deals with very deep issues and is incredibly moving. Wow- just… wow!
The core of the story is Lenny's marriage to his second wife, Anita, a much younger version of his ex-wife Natasha, who has early onset Alzheimers. While one book follows the narrative of Anita, we now hear the story from Ben's side, who is Lenny's estranged son.
His observations cast a new light on the situation. His perspective, aided by letters from his mother, bring new revelations and peel further layers of the family. The author also uses tape recordings in the book, making this a very accomplished piece of story telling. While I don't often like 'clever' or constructed plot devices, here it works extremely well.
The author has a unique sharp and poignant writing style and with the change of perspectives she gives the characters further depth. Great writing, a fascinating premise and wonderful insight in human nature make this a read very worth your time.
Uvi’s skill at both visual and written art is outstanding, but her history of diversity does not end there. The story of this elegantly designed novel is a dissection of a family life and the alterations that occur with the family framework both by intent and by happenstance. It weaves themes of disparate parents - an accomplished pianist Natasha married to the elderly Lenny who cares for Natasha as she descends into the darkness of Alzheimer's Disease and compensates by taking on a very young and uneducated, somewhat socially coarse redhead vixen named Anita - and the manner in which the couple's 27-year-old bright son Ben copes with the situation.
Poznansky's unique way of unraveling this complex story is by making the `chapters' vary as told by Ben, as told by Anita, and as told by Lenny. She understands fully how to bring Ben's confusion about both his past life with his parents and the current situation with his mother's decline and his father's reactive compensation by bonding with a beautiful young, if raw, companion. Few authors would be able to pull off the manner in which the apparent polar opposites of Ben and Anita begin to bond and how Lenny integrates into their apparent clandestine relationship, but Poznansky has the visual and verbal and architectural skills to create this maze and guide us through it.
She capitalizes on the use of the chapters being related in the voices of the characters: Ben relates the situation as he remembers and experiences it in eloquent finely honed grammar while Anita speaks to us with the slang that at first can be grating but morphs into communication that allows the reader to experience the change that develops in her relationship to Ben. In other's hands this could become cloying as a technique, but with Poznansky's skill she uses it as an interface between evolving personalities that makes her story ring true.
So much more could be said about the manner in which the author brings understanding to the hierarchies of relationships - parental, couple, aging, developing, and ones influenced by disease, but that would be robbing the reader of the joy of discoveries that Poznanasky accomplishes in this profound novel. The title is so well chosen: the phrase of the title is the key that unlocks much of the fragile mystery that hovers here. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, September 15