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10 May 2015
A friend recommended this recently published book. It's a great story and the writing is engaging and varied, sometimes racy, sometimes poetic. It starts off by describing the terrible scenes that led to Anna, the heroine, being torn away from her son Alan by her jealous husband Alessandro. That separation was to last for 10 years...so sad! It then tells of Anna's early life, which is fascinating in itself because, after falling in love with classical music, she is inspired to rise above her fairly sordid background.. and of her marriage to Alessandro and how it all went wrong. Outraged by Alessandro's unfaithfulness, she eventually finds her soul mate in Aaron who is also a musician. Parallel to Anna's story is the struggle by Aaron to reconcile Alan with his mother, and for me that's the most fascinating aspect of this book. He has no qualifications to act as a counsellor or therapist but, because he loves Anna, he makes contact with Alan under a false name and over a period of months talks him into accepting his mom back into his life. His skill and dedication is really touching, and the conversations cover many topics. A touching intimacy grows up between them, all the more poignant because Alan has been brought up to believe his father is some kind of semi god and that his mother is evil. Aaron struggles to show Alan the truth about his parents. Anna comes over as a brave woman capable of poetic and moving thoughts about music, love and motherhood. I found the book compelling and moving, the triumph of action over being a bystander in a tragic situation. The two parts of the book are written in very different styles, which some may criticise, but to me the difference in styles is logical as two very different people are telling these 2 parallel stories. Alan is a thoughtful though bitter young man as he examines his past with the help of the man he has been reared to hate: his character is well drawn. I've never read anything quite like this and it moved me almost to tears: I highly recommend it!
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