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Pentatonic (Penguin Specials): A Story of Music (Kindle Single) (Penguin Shorts/Specials) [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Coe
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Book Description

Jonathan Coe's Pentatonic is a daring and original story about family and memory inspired by music.

When a family celebrates the prize-giving day at their daughter's secondary school, thoughts turn to their own childhoods. The father remembers his living room piano recital, recorded on a well-worn cassette tape. The mother remembers her own father's war tragedy. As the father searches for the physical reminder of his past and the mother longs to forget her own, they confront the breakdown of their marriage in the present.

In Pentatonic, Jonathan Coe movingly explores the memories that unite us and the experiences that drive us apart. The story is simultaneously available as a digital download with the piece of music which originally inspired the story.

Praise for Jonathan Coe:

'Probably the best English novelist of his generation' Nick Hornby

'Coe has huge powers of observation and enormous literary panache' Sunday Times

'Jonathan Coe's a fine writer who seems to try something new with every book' David Nicholls

Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. He is the author of eight bestselling novels including What a Carve Up! and The Rotters' Club, and a biography of the novelist B. S. Johnson, Like a Fiery Elephant, which won the 2005 Samuel Johnson Prize for best non-fiction book of the year.

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 191 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (28 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8U4R4W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but note perfect 21 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a tantalising scrap of a story, something which one might think could have made a full length novel without seeming overblown. An unnamed narrator listens to music on a flight from London to Australia. Why he's going, what the music means to him and why is wrecked his marriage will become clear, but his future is left unsure. One things that is clear is that he's not going to have an easy time.

Having enjoyed Coe's last novel The Terrible Privacy Of Maxwell Sim which also started on a plane and also featured a trip to Australia, I almost felt the narrator here looking on at the hapless Sim or joining Coe himself in the story. There is a sense in it of loss, of trying to stop time, and missing what's under your nose, that seems rather autobiographical - or perhaps it's just a universal thing.

A good read, though very, very short indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 29 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Wonderful. Felt that.

The title caught my eye. I am studying so-called world music and pentatonic was what got me interested.

Fabulous read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Many thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars The pentatonic scale of middle age complacency. 24 Jan. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Jonathon Coe lays bare what in our solipsism we tend to miss out; the importance of the notes and spaces in-between.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Size is not Important 20 Sept. 2013
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I realise that size is not important and I was very moved by this poignant story. But 2 quid for a virtual (literal) 19 pages, 14% of which my kindle reliably informs me, is adverts. Schadenfreude.
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3.0 out of 5 stars shame it short stories 28 Jun. 2013
By Giles
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
story enjoyed by my wife and thought we had a bargain but now we know Penguin Specials are all short stories - may be not such good value
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