The Lost Stradivarius Paperback – 7 Apr 2014
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"Splendid edition of a key--if forgotten!--work."--David Gorman, Northern Illinois University --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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'Moonfleet, John Meade Falkners smuggling yarn, which was published in 1898, is celebrated, but The Lost Stradivarius, his first novel published in 1895 is a neglected Victorian minor masterpiece, waiting to be rediscovered.
'It is a deeply Oxford novel, which must appeal to all those who know and love this city a city that has taken so many to its heart and never let them go.' Tom Paulin --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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It is not a novel, strictly a long short story as it only runs to one hundred and thirty pages of text; it deals with the discovery of a Stradivarius violin and how this affects the central character, John Maltravers.
The story is written in elegant, matter of fact prose which serves to heighten the supernatural happenings and the fact that the narrators are recalling events which occurred fifty years previously, also adds to the sense of a mysterious tale unfolding from the depths of the past.
However, 'The Lost Stradivarius' is not scary; it won't keep you awake at night. It is, however, unsettling and is really about a man's obsession and the power of music, for good as well as evil.
The story starts off excellently with lots of atmosphere, but does tail off slightly halfway through before recovering to reach its conclusion. Some readers may find the use of coincidences unconvincing, but for me they added to the story's texture rather than detracting from it.
There are aspects of 'The Lost Stradivarius' which reminded me of 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' and indeed of its author Oscar Wilde, which Tom Paulin, in his introduction to the Hesperus edition, makes apparent.
'The Lost Stradivarius' would make an excellent Radio 4 'Book at Bedtime' and the producers of that series have my permission to take me up on the idea.
You can imagine how surprised & gratified I was when by chance I came across this book at Amazon.
This is a truly fantastic read & I would recommend it to anyone who wishes to be entertained but not terrified out of their minds. It is fascinating how everything comes together at the end & we are left with the true horror of the crime which befell both owners of the Stradivarius, & a warning not to indulge ourselves with things we do not understand & should not understand.....
I saw an exhibition about the author John Meade Falkner at the Dortchester museum whilst on holiday down in Dorset a couple of years ago. During the holiday I also visited the atmospheric and somewhat bleakly beautiful village of Worth Maltravers which is mentioned throughout this novel.
Whilst doing a bit of research (alright then just internet browsing) this book came up here in the Kindle store and gave me cause to remember the visits. The author seems a well regarded man so I saw no reason not to give "The Lost Stratavarious" a read.
The story commences in the form of a letter from the sister of John Maltravers (our main subject) as she writes to her nephew Edward on his coming of age at 21. The book moves along at a page turning Kindle clicking nicely descriptive dark atmospheric pace and I was very quickly enthralled.
I would put this book in the category of an historical ghost story. For me anyway it was a genuine classic which I was very glad to discover. I found the story easy to follow and to picture the described scenes page by page as the tale unfolded. It was without confusion or sideline plots which in my opinion is so often the unecessary case in many novels. This is a perfect treat for those that would like a moderately short "stay with you" spooky story.
Even though I finished reading "The Lost Stratavarious" a few days ago I am still thinking about how good it was and trying to shake it off. A sign of a good book to me is one that after you have read it you tell yourself you will read again one day. This is definitely the case here, even when you know the conclusion to this ghostly tale it is such a well constructed book it will be a pleasure to one day read again.
I LOVED this book... It's very dark, be warned, of madness, hysteria and very troubled times.. compared to the jovial beginning...
But you'll find yourself wondering the meanings of htis book for a long time..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The terrible mysteries that Temple and Maltravers indulge in are too vague to excite any terror in a modern reader or indeed a Victorian one. Read morePublished 2 months ago
Other reviews have the synopsis; I ordered it after reading Jonathan Meades - My Museum. So glad I did. And it is blimmin' free!Published 15 months ago by Corky
Found it sad but the story flowed well. A different story line to other books I have read. Great book!!!Published 20 months ago by J. C. Baker
I really love gothic horror or ghost stories and this one did not fail to please. It was dark and Falkner built the atmosphere and tension slow and kept me enthralled.Published on 9 Nov. 2013 by jam angel
Do not normally read these kind of books. Couldn't put it down. Scarey. Do not read or play violin at bedtimePublished on 27 May 2013 by Writer
One could not see where this plot was going. For some it may have seemed a difficult read, however, you have to concentrate and focus. Read morePublished on 17 April 2013 by Edward Beever