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The Keeper of Secrets: A Novel

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    I never had the talent of young Daniel in this book but I was br

    I never had the talent of young Daniel in this book but I was brought up in a musical family. The five of us all learnt piano (which our
    maternal grandmother taught), plus an orchestral instrument (all starting on the violin but while we three girls stayed on strings the boys
    moved to brass), and we all played in the concert band our father founded and conducted (the girls playing percussion in it). Now three
    of us make a living as professional musicians. So I can relate both to Daniel and to his parents, with their dreams and fears and
    encompassing love for classical music.

    This, of course, makes it hard for me to evaluate how well Julie Thomas has conveyed all of that to a reader who hasn't had a
    connection to the music world. But it seems to me that if it drew me in so fully, then it will also be very real to others.

    The story spans some 70 years as we learn the story of Daniel's grandfather and his family - Jews caught in the Holocaust - and the
    story of the Violin and what happened to it after the family were taken by the Nazis. We meet people with great passion and great skills
    and great hearts, and we experience love and suffering, all through the unravelling of the past as it becomes Daniel's story to hold and
    treasure. Daniel also needs to make a decision about his future. Who will help him with that?

    Although the pace of this book is gentle, its content will sit deep with you. It's suitable for both teenage and adult readers as it
    juxtaposes worlds of glamour with horror and savagery in a way that both wrenches at the heart and causes it to soar - an excellent
    novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2013

    A touching story about a music virtuoso of fourteen years old wh

    A touching story about a music virtuoso of fourteen years old who questioned his gift and the sacrifices that come with an artist's life.

    Daniel Horowitz is a violoin prodigy with a bright future ahead of him. But, he just wants to live a normal life while enjoying his music. Difficult to understand, accept and appreciate a musical gift when you want to be able to play baseball with your friends and live a life away from rehearsals, classes and concerts.

    Also difficult to be understanding parents when you see the incredible potential of your child ...
    Should you be pushing him, finding for compromise or just be supportive of whatever decision he will take ?

    But this novel also tells the story of a beautiful violin stolen from a Jewish family during World War II that reappears in the hands of a Russian millionaire in the United States. A violin enclosing the memories and emotions of all the hands in which it has passed.

    I spent a wonderful time in the company of characters and especially following the violin. 
    Soul-stirring!

    Lucie
    newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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