The Glass Harmonica: A Novel

The Glass Harmonica: A Novel

by Louise Marley


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ISBN-13: 9780441007295
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2000
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.97(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lousie Marley, a performer of classical music, is the author of several novels including The Terrorists of Irustan and The Glass Harmonica, which was the co-winner (with Ursula LeGuin’s Tales from Earthsea) of the 2001 Endeavor Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science Fiction or Fantasy. She lives in Redmond, Washington with her husband and son.

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Louise Marley's knowledge of music and story make for a stunning combination of talent.

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Glass Harmonica: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
krisiti on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I'm not sure whether this was science fiction or fantasy. Possibly both. The doctor keeps alluding to some sort of scientific explanation, though it's never spelled out. But that doesn't seem important. The armonica's magic, is all. ""Tis like that, my little instrument." I really liked poor Elish.
bookczuk on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This book somehow landed on my TBR pile, and I'm embarrassed to say I know not how. I think it was probably left on a book exchange bookshelf and I grabbed it thinking it sounded interesting. It was surprisingly engaging for an unexpected find. There are two intertwined stories: Eilish Eam an orphan living in London, who comes to the notice of Ben Franklin because of her skill at playing melodies on water-filled glasses and Erin Rushton, a child prodigy on the glass harmonica, living in 2018. I found both stories of interest, though the link between the two a bit ambiguous. I kept trying to make the characters from one match the characters from the other -- stretching a reincarnation theme, but think that there just might be more of harmonioius (ha!) parallels instead of exact rebirth of souls. This book was published in 2000, and it was interesting to see how the author envisioned the world in 2018. Here in 2012, we're a bit closer to the setting of the book. I must admit that I'm a little glad some of the future "changes" are not that likely to happen in the next few years.Another thing that was of interest to me was that the original glass in Franklin's glassy armonica (gained the h when Germans began using the word) was that there was a high content of lead in the glasses. Here in Charleston, the old houses are loaded with high lead content paint, making lead poisoning something still seen in my pediatric nursing practice. Interesting how that played into the story.
annbury on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Interesting sci-fi novel that focusses on links between past and present (not an unusual sci-fi topic), and on music -- a far less usual focus. A street musician in London in 1761 and a celebrated musician in 2018 don't appear to have much in common. Both, however, play the glass harmonica, and stranger links between them emerge as the novel progresses. The good guys (or more properly girls) in this are a bit too good, and the story could do with more momentum, but it is an interesting read.
jshillingford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Benjamin Franklin invented many important things. One of his lesser known inventions is the glass harmonica - an instrument whose player uses water to draw sound from glass. This charming story features Franklin as a secondary character to a young girl enthralled with music, and the harmonica in particular. Fans of historical fiction should enjoy this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago and never forgot how great it was. I am looking foward to reading it now on my new nook.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Whether you call this book sf, fantasy, or historical fiction, it's wonderful storytelling. The genre doesn't matter so much as the characters and what happens to them and what the world is like that they live in. Meet colorful Ben Franklin, the charming boy Mozart, and two appealing musicians who reach out to each other over two centuries--just a delightful novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a pleasure of a book, really two stories in one--lots of authentic historical detail, lots of interesting science in the near-future. The glass harmonica is a real instrument with a very strange history, and makes a wonderful vehicle to tell the stories of Eilish Eam, Irish orphan of the 18th century, and Erin Rushton, famous musician of the 21st century. Along the way, the reader gets to meet Ben Franklin and the young Mozart. Terrific read!
harstan More than 1 year ago
A pathetic waif in eighteenth century London and an ultra-famous concert musician in twenty-first century America. What could they possibly have in common? Perhaps it is the odd musical talent they both possess, and the unusual musical instrument they play. For Eilish Eam, the water-filled glasses are old and dirty and apt to be broken. For Erin Rushton, the glass harmonica is a prized and beautiful instrument. But both of them can play, and each of them is aware of the other. Three centuries and thousands of miles apart, Eilish and Erin's lives are destined to be intertwined.

Louise Marley makes music with her words in The Glass Harmonica. She imbues both the eighteenth century waif and the twenty-first century diva with characteristics the reader cares about. The idea is fresh, the story is compelling, and Ms. Marley's writing is engaging.

Rickey R. Mallory