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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    I read this wonderful book after a friend recommended it to me,

    I read this wonderful book after a friend recommended it to me, and could not put it down. Beautifully written, poignant and heart warming, this is a universal story that speaks to all of us, whether we are musicians or not. In this age of celebrity without talent, hard work and instant success, it's refreshing to be reminded that there are those "unsung" heroes of everyone's life who really do make a difference. Those of us who are lucky enough to have had that special mentor or teacher will relate to Ms. Lipman and Ms. Kupchynsky's recollections of this very special man, Mr. K. As I read this fine book, my own personal memories were jolted as I was constantly reminded of my own personal mentor who influenced me when I was young, and I'm very grateful to have had such an inspirational person in my life. The story is personal, and yet universal. I highly recommend this book!!! 

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    This book was absolutely fantastic!!! I sat down to begin readin

    This book was absolutely fantastic!!! I sat down to begin reading it before I went to bed, and without realizing it, had finished the book in one night. I also managed to finish an entire box of tissues because the story was so compelling and gripping; I felt the emotions of the characters as if they were my own. This story reached me on a personal level because I know the author, Melanie Kupchynsky. She is an amazing person and hearing not only her story, but also her father's and her sister's, was a profoundly moving experience. Their journey was at times heartbreaking and difficult, but at the same time extremely inspiring. I am honored to have such insight on the lives of these extraordinary people.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

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    Strings Attached was such a personal, emotional read for me. It

    Strings Attached was such a personal, emotional read for me. It touched on many things I identify with and hold close as a musician and as a music teacher. I found myself thinking fondly of my own teachers who pushed me, inspired me, and demanded so much from me... many of them felt as tyrannical as Mr. K, and I am just as thankful for that as his former students are.

    However, you do not have to be a musician to enjoy this book! There are so many layers to Mr. K's story: his tragic childhood (he was born near the start of the Holodomor in the Ukraine), his perseverance, his work ethic, the way he dealt with the many challenges and heartaches life threw at him - and joy! There were definitely joys, too. This is a human interest story. When musical terms do pop up, they are explained in layman's terms; very quickly and simply, never interrupting the flow of the story.

    Mr. K's voice rang out with such clarity and character I felt I knew him. I laughed at his insults ("Cellos sound like hippopotamus rising from mud at bottom of reever!" and "Who eez deaf in first violins?"), my heart swelled at when he offered praise, and I made notes of his wisdom ("you can't teach children an instrument and then hide them in a hole").

    Lipman and Kupchynsky's alternating perspectives segue naturally back and forth, often with one picking up where the other left off. The writing style is easy and conversational. Newspaper clippings and photographs often accompany the narrative.

    Strings Attached is a moving tribute to a man who made a profound impact on the lives of so many.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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