The Soloist

The Soloist

by Mark Salzman


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The Soloist by Mark Salzman

As a child, Renne showed promise of becoming one of the world's greatest cellists. Now, years later, his life suddenly is altered by two events: he becomes a juror in a murder trial for the brutal killing of a Buddhist monk, and he takes on as a pupil a Korean boy whose brilliant musicianship reminds him of his own past.

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ISBN-13: 9780679759263
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1995
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mark Salzman is the author of Iron & Silk, an account of his two years in China; Lost in Place, a memoir; and the novels The Laughing Sutra, The Soloist, and Lying Awake.

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Soloist 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dony like the book
jennyo on LibraryThing 11 days ago
This was my first Mark Salzman book. I've got one of his non-fiction books sitting on my TBR shelf too, and now I'm looking forward to reading it. I chose this one from Debbie because I thought I'd be drawn in by the musical aspect of the story. And I was. But I did have mixed feelings about the book. I did like it, and I thought it was well written, but I never felt like I made an emotional connection with the protagonist. Of course, that makes sense since his emotional growth was stunted by his devotion to his music. But it made it harder for me to care about what was happening to him.I really enjoyed being able to read more about Zen philosophy. Turns out I had some false assumptions about Zen, and it was nice to learn more.I also loved the little Korean boy and the way he experienced music. But I left the book wondering if he, too, would end up with the same problems Renne suffered. Since I'm an optimist, I'll assume Renne was able to help him avoid that trap.All in all, this was a very interesting read, and I will probably bump my other Salzman book further up the TBR pile now.
peakbagger06 More than 1 year ago
Saltzman melds Buddhism, the insanity defense, teaching, self-examination, justice and a host of other topics into a tightly knit package. I generally read non-fiction but felt this was exceptional fiction. The protagonist is worth getting to know. This will go down as one of my favorites. I look forward to reading another of his.
Indy-Snow More than 1 year ago
It's not as captivating as "Lying Awake" but it was still well written, entertaining, and captivating. A good solid read.
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SMeeker More than 1 year ago
Rarely does a book possess the power to change one’s view of the world. The Soloist, by Steve Lopez, opened my eyes to the social tragedy of homelessness, and after reading it, I will never look at a person sleeping on the sidewalk the same way again. In simple and direct journalistic diction, Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez provides frightening insight into homelessness and mental illness. As a columnist, Lopez constantly searches for his next story. He encounters “vagrant violinist,” Nathaniel Ayers on Skid Row playing Beethoven on a beat up, two-stringed violin and discovers that the promising classical musician studied at New York’s prestigious Julliard School until paranoid schizophrenia assaulted his mind. What started as an attempt to get a few columns worth of material turns into a friendship, as Lopez makes it his personal mission to get Ayers off the street. His poignant columns about Ayers in the Times result in donations of musical instruments and financial aid, but Lopez learns that despite help from others, the mentally ill must first learn to trust. After slowly building a friendship, Lopez establishes communication with Ayers’ estranged sister and seeks professional help for the mentally ill musician in an effort to get him off the dangerous streets of Los Angeles. Every step Ayers takes toward shelter, care, and safety leads to two steps back to Skid Row. In the process, Ayers teaches Lopez not only about music, but also about himself. The Soloist poignantly articulates the themes of lost dreams, friendship, and one man’s power to make a difference.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was in the library one day and saw the book, after I read it I just knew I had to have my own copy. This book is as touching as it is powerful. If you really think about it everyone had a little bit of Renne in them. Just as though you think you know everything that there is to know about yourself, there comes a book that changes your perspective on the way you view your life and who you are. If you haven't read this book yet I suggest that you do so.