Goldberg: Variations

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Goldberg: Variations

Goldberg: Variations By Gabriel Josipovici Goldberg Variations At the turn of the eighteenth century a writer a Jew enters an English country manor where he has been invited to read through the night to his host until the gentleman falls asleep What unfolds the

  • Title: Goldberg: Variations
  • Author: Gabriel Josipovici
  • ISBN: 9780060897239
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • Goldberg: Variations By Gabriel Josipovici At the turn of the eighteenth century, a writer a Jew enters an English country manor, where he has been invited to read through the night to his host until the gentleman falls asleep What unfolds then are seemingly unconnected stories covering a vast array of topics from incest to madness to a poetic competition in the court of George III And what emerges by the end isAt the turn of the eighteenth century, a writer a Jew enters an English country manor, where he has been invited to read through the night to his host until the gentleman falls asleep What unfolds then are seemingly unconnected stories covering a vast array of topics from incest to madness to a poetic competition in the court of George III And what emerges by the end is a breathtaking tapestry in which past and present, imagination and truth, are intricately woven together into one remarkable whole.
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    1. MJ Nicholls on said:

      This recent ish novel from Josipovici is as clever as the others read recently, but ultimately the least structurally and narratively successful to me meaning it did not hang together or engage me as much as the others To encourage newcomers, let me say the weaving of different styles across varying time periods is terrific, even if the novel loses momentum as it progresses can t stress that enough and deserves credit than this feeble review offers Some books get a second chance in another life [...]

    2. Matt on said:

      I really liked this, maybe the best thing I picked up totally at random in a while, but it s also a book that kind of threw me, that I would like to read again.The conceit here is sort of 1001 nights type stuff There s an insomniac, and he hires a writer to read to him all night To make it nightmarish if you re a writer, well, all he reads is to be new stuff, stuff he writes that day Yikes, I tell you.Anyhow, each chapter is one story that the writer tells Maybe Anyhow, the stories kind of overl [...]

    3. Willow on said:

      I am surprised flabbergasted that this book has simply TWO reviews Had I any premeditated notion to read this book after looking it up on this website, I am pretty sure I would have been highly discouraged Lucky for me, I picked it up randomly from the library just to kill time while waiting for a class to end I thought it was quite intense and relatable There is frequent reference to literature, mostly to Greek mythology such as Iliad and Odyssey, which might throw off the reader he if s he is [...]

    4. Mary on said:

      This is a strange and wonderful book, loosely based on the original legend of how Bach came to write his Goldberg Variations one Mr Goldberg his landlord couldn t sleep at night, and begged J.S to play music to him to help him sleep Josipovici s book has 30 chapters, and starts with a Mr Goldberg, a Jewish writer in the early 1800 s, who is hired to read to an eccentric English squire is there any other kind to help him sleep But I think that s where the resemblance ends, and the storytelling be [...]

    5. Jayaprakash Satyamurthy on said:

      18th century English country gentleman Westfield, a self appointed philosopher, is plagued with insomnia He engages Samuel Goldberg, a Jewish writer, to read him to sleep Somehow the assignment changes in nature, and Goldberg is expected to write an original composition to lull his patron to sleep with each night The 30 chapters of this book are nothing so straightforward as the stories Goldberg might write instead, they re meditations on the process of storytelling, on the past and how it touch [...]

    6. Natalie on said:

      I am guessing it is not an accident that this book s title echoes edgar allan poe s goldbug and richard powers gold bug variations Someone who s read all three, do tell please

    7. Robert Wechsler on said:

      This novel wears its experimental nature on its sleeves and, although usually excellent piece by piece, it did not work for me as a whole This made it grow tiresome as it went further and further into it It also prevented the novel from being at all memorable Admirable, but not memorable.

    8. Victoria on said:

      Gabriel Josipovici has published a series of fictions centering around artists, writers, painters, musicians This is perhaps his most opaque yet compelling work in this group of novels.

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