Body & Soul

Body & Soul

Large Print - 1994
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In the dim light of a basement apartment, six-year old Claude Rawlings sits at an old white piano, picking out the sounds he has heard on the radio and shutting out the reality of his lonely world. The setting is 1940s New York, a city that is "long gone, replaced by another city of the same name." Against a backdrop that pulses with sound and rhythm, Body & Soul brilliantly evokes the life of a child prodigy whose musical genius pulls him out of squalor and into the drawing rooms of the rich and a gilt-edged marriage. But the same talent that transforms him also hurtles Claude into a lonely world of obsession and relentless ambition. From Carnegie Hall to the smoky jazz clubs of London, Body & Soul burns with a passion and truth--at once a riveting, compulsive read and a breathtaking glimpse into a boy's heart and an artist's soul.
Publisher: Hampton, N.H. : Eagle Large Print, 1994, c1993
ISBN: 9780792720638
Call Number: LARGE PRINT F
Characteristics: 620 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Body and soul


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 27, 2014

This rags to riches story of a boy's New York childhood, coming of age and rise to musical fame was hard to put down. A good, traditional novel full of interesting insights into professional musicianship.

Jun 30, 2013

This is one of the best books I have ever read. It definitely gets a place on my 'desert island' list! Treat yourself and read this book.


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