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A work of genius about a genius,
This review is from: Chopin (Hardcover)
I have just finished this unique biography and I am completly lost. The book has been my companion for a month and as a child with a boiled sweet,as they were rationed when I was one, I wanted the book to last and last. Sadly I came to the end just an hour ago.
To say the book is beautifully written is one undoubted fact but to bring me into the intimacy of Chopin's life and music in such a manner is genius. Beethoven has been my mentor and companion up till now but Adam Zamoyski has not dislodged him, he has produced for me an equal.
I played Chopin while reading and at times I was in another world wrapped in Zamoyski's prose and music both of genius.
If you are inert to music or an admitted literary philostine I still beg you to buy this book and also a CD of Chopin's work. There is something very fine about Chopin that the author has brilliantly brought to life. I feel that I am a better person for being associated with this legend....so rare that I have used the word unique.
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Initial post: 28 May 2011 00:07:47 BDT
Love your review. Just finished the book, played the music while reading and fully agree with "there is something very fine about Chopin that the author has brilliantly brought to life". To my own surprise, Chopin got under my skin.
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