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Grace Notes : A Novel

MacLaverty, Bernard

ISBN 10: 022404429X / ISBN 13: 9780224044295
Editorial: Jonathan Cape, 1997
Usado Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Stirling Books (Stirling, Reino Unido)

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Very Good Condition Hardback First Edition, Signed And Dated By Author (July '97). Unclipped Dust Jacket In Very Good Condition, And Has Been Maintained With A Removable Plastic Cover. Pages Remain Clean And Bright Throughout. Only Issue Is That One Top Page Corner Has Been Folded Over, But Other Than This The Text Appears Barely Read. Very Good Collectible Copy. N° de ref. de la librería 018037

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Título: Grace Notes : A Novel

Editorial: Jonathan Cape

Año de publicación: 1997

Encuadernación: Hard Back

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: 1st Edition

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Returning to Belfast after a long absence, to attend her father's funeral, Catherine McKenna - a young composer - remembers exactly why she left; the claustrophobic intimacies of the Catholic enclave, her fastidious, nagging mother, and the pervading tensions of a city at war with itself. She remembers a more innocent time, when the Loyalists' Lambeg drums sounded mysterious and exciting; she remembers her shattered relationship with the drunken, violent Dave; she remembers the child she had with him, waiting back in Glasgow. A novel about coming to terms with the past, and the healing power of music, GRACE NOTES is a master story-teller's triumphant return to the long form: a powerful lyrical novel of great distinction.

Review:

Composer Catherine McKenna has more of a gift for music than happiness, but she has long been driven beyond harmonies (musical and personal) that her Belfast family can understand. Bernard MacLaverty renders both sides of the equation: Catherine's feminist and aesthetic striving and her mother's more traditional grasp; it's hard not to sympathize with Mrs. McKenna's impatient rejoinder, "You don't cope with music, you listen to it."

Grace Notes, MacLaverty's first novel since Cal, is as much about Irish identity--and possibility--as it is about art. Catherine's newest piece, a mass, includes the huge drums Protestants play in parades. "It was a scary sound--like thunder. Like the town was under a canopy of dark noise." Though her fellow Catholics see the drums as instruments of threat, Catherine is determined to integrate them into her composition.

Her return to Belfast for her father's funeral brings back several ghosts, among them an influential professor who spoke of grace notes--"the notes between the notes." This novel is full of such instances, wry snatches of conversation and unforgettable observations: the new Chinese restaurant that has had to offer chips to stay in business, or the pub that's "on a slight hill. When dogs pissed at the door the dark lines ran diagonally to the gutter." These transcend the occasional passage in which MacLaverty tries too hard to see into the life and rhythms of a female artist. The final section, however, a live radio concert of Catherine's piece, is a triumph for both woman composer and male author.

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