Gerontius

Gerontius Gerontius is the story of a real voyage in the life of Sir Edward Elgar the celebrated composer of the quintessentially English tune Land of Hope and Glory The cruise up the is a holiday for the disi

  • Title: Gerontius
  • Author: James Hamilton-Paterson
  • ISBN: 9780939149483
  • Page: 163
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gerontius

    Gerontius is the story of a real voyage in the life of Sir Edward Elgar, the celebrated composer of the quintessentially English tune Land of Hope and Glory The cruise up the is a holiday for the disillusioned music maker In telling the story of his journey, Hamilton Paterson explores the waning of creative genius, post war disenchantment and the effects of theGerontius is the story of a real voyage in the life of Sir Edward Elgar, the celebrated composer of the quintessentially English tune Land of Hope and Glory The cruise up the is a holiday for the disillusioned music maker In telling the story of his journey, Hamilton Paterson explores the waning of creative genius, post war disenchantment and the effects of the changing times on an artist imprisoned in his own immense reputation.

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    1. Bettie☯

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    2. Eleanor

      I loved this book. I am not sure how interesting it would be for someone with no interest in so-called "classical" music, with its references to Elgar's music and that of other composers. But as a study of a man who has almost lost his musical creativity, and has lived through the Great War and seen it shatter his world, it is very moving indeed.Hamilton-Paterson's writing is beautiful. Here is a description of night falling on the :It is the moment between dusk and dark when the forest stops br [...]

    3. Patrick Gibson

      I went on an Elgar jag in college. While my friends were toking and poking to Iron Maiden (or Simon & Garfunkel for the less adventurous), I chose the higher musical road of Elgar’s Cello Concerto. And the adagio from Bruckers 8th (one of the most sensual/sexual pieces ever written). For some reason (probably because the Cello Concerto is so amazing) I got it into my head to collect every Elgar opus number on CD. That would be impossible in the States, but since I was a hop away from Toron [...]

    4. Charles

      What a wonderful book this is, generous, thoughtful, unsentimental in its attitude towards creativity and value. It tells the story of a trip to the made by Elgar when he was 63, and if that puts you off, you'll miss an exceptionally stimulating read. The only reason I haven't give it five stars is that it's not quite as good as the same author's Loving Monsters

    5. LS

      I'm reading this now after enjoying the Fernet Branca trilogy so much. Completely different voice in this superb novel of 1923 journey by composer Elgar to River/Brazil. The descriptions reminded me of Ann Patchett's STATE OF WONDER, but GERONTIUS is more masterful.

    6. GBL

      James Hamilton-Paterson has used Sir Edward Elgar's trip to South America in 1923 as an opportunity to explore the character of the composer as he reflects on his life and contemplates the future.Elgar's six week trip to South America and the is a little known episode in the composer's later life and this has allowed the author to create a biographical fictional account of the journey. Elgar is portrayed as a grumpy, disillusioned man suffering in the aftermath of his wife's death and feeling t [...]

    7. Holly

      Historical fiction based on the life of Sir Edward Elgar, an English composer born in 1857; his Pomp and Circumstance is played every year as part of the British Proms. Edward is 66 years old; out of the blue, he decides to take a trip to the ; about this trip, very little is known, a blank slate for Hamilton-Paterson. The time is November, 1923. Edward had imagined an adventure, an escape from his life, as he boarded the Hildebrand. At his prime, married and settled, Sir Elgar was famous and re [...]

    8. Ian

      Rather wonderful. Elgar's mysterious and largely undocumented cruise is a gift for an imaginative writer like Mr Hamilton Paterson and he doesn't mess up the opportunity. There are rich and colourful descriptions of cruise life in the early 1920s and of life in Manaos and Cape Verde. There are also lengthy reflections of a successful composer nearing the end of his life and rather resenting his celebrity status.It's an absorbing read and recommended for any fans of Mr H-P and for lovers of evoc [...]

    9. Garreth

      Impressive, in many ways. The level of knowledge of Elgar is excellent: the journal entries in particular are so characteristic of the way he wrote his letters as is the understanding of Elgar's particular creative process and more generally there's a depth of characterization that's really most convincing. The fleshing out of a plot from a vague and almost unrecorded episode (I'd never heard of this trip to Brazil before coming across this novel) is well conceived. Finally the sheer poetry of t [...]

    10. Mikael

      this great fantasy bit at the start about a tiki dwelling at the top of a cliff standing in gumboots with wings of steel feathers neck of tangerine whatever its fantastic then splutters into the amazon and discovery travel & vicarious living travelogue

    11. Tim Atkinson

      Interesting concept - certainly hits the 'prickly' Elgar nail on the head, but inevitably much conjecture. Would an elderly Elgar really travel down a mountain on a sled?

    12. Alan

      A fictionalized account of a real cruise to the taken by Sir Edward Elgar when he was 65. Well written and an interesting commentary on genius.

    13. Philippe

      Marvelous story about the ageing Edward Elgar who's trying to recapture his muse in composing his elusive Third Symphony. The opening chapters of the book are unforgettable.

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