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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Read, 14 July 2011
This review is from: Vissi d'arte - Love and Music (Kindle Edition)
Another great book by Joanna Stephen-Ward. Set predominantly in Australia, the story takes the reader into the world of opera training in Melbourne. The story itself is "operatic" in the high drama that takes place among the students and their choices in life and love. As in her book Eumeralla, much of the story pivots around a secret. The author makes interesting choices and introduces plot twists that take the reader by surprise. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, the story moves in an unexpected direction, but one that makes sense, as if you should have seen it coming all along.
The story weaves the ordinary with the extraordinary, old age with youth, success with failure. Gawky youths become magnificent divas, transformed by the magic of art, music, costumes - and rigorous discipline; then off-stage they once again become young people who must deal with their insecurities, doubts, and day to day concerns.
Reading about the main character alone makes this book worthwhile. Harriet Shaw, the fictional founder of the National Theatre, captures our attention by her forceful personality, her commitment to art, and the power her secret has over her (I love reading about older heroines and they're not that easy to come by). Ward's books have a movie-like quality to them: rich in drama, incredibly visual, and inhabited by engaging characters who are strong and unpredictable, yet always identifiable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay, So You Can't Sing . . ., 30 Aug 2012
This review is from: Vissi d'arte - Love and Music (Kindle Edition)
Some live for art. Not everyone can. We, as readers, however, are able to lose ourselves by and by in the richness of its world, to submerge therein and resurface with an uplifted spirit. As stress and strife intensify at crazier levels around the globe, how refreshing it is to find a book worthy of our full attention, especially when it is one that rewards us down to the core.
At the outset of Vissi d'arte, we are intrigued by Nicholas, as charismatic but sad young man. Soon, we become utterly fascinated by his mysterious Aunt Harriet, a gifted relative who had left England and later founded (fictionally) Melbourne's National Theatre, a lady whom Nicholas is driven to meet in hopes of unraveling a family mystery. Colorful characters with their operatic (and romantic) aspirations and disappointments, captivating atmosphere and surprising plot twists maintain our interest throughout the story.
Need an escape? Need a boost? Can't sing? Check out Joanna Stephen-Ward's Vissi d'arte.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and rewarding, 27 Oct 2011
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E J Miller (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Vissi d'arte - Love and Music (Kindle Edition)
I really enjoyed this book. Set in Melbourne against a background of opera and theatre, the story is about Harriet Shaw, the founder of an opera and theatre school, its teachers and pupils, their successes, failures, loves and obsessions.

The narrative is rich, the characters wonderfully drawn and the mystery, the unfolding of which brings the story to a dramatic climax, very cleverly constructed. I particularly like the way the author handles the complexities of the relationships between the students at the school.

This story, an original concept set against an intriguing backdrop, is very well-written and highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Joanna, 6 Jan 2014
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Once again Joanna has written a story full of intrigue. Twists and turns in the plot keeping you wanting to read on til the end. An excellent book which I highly recommend
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