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by Doris Grumbach

eBook Chamber Music epub
  • ISBN: 0525079203
  • Author: Doris Grumbach
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literary
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: E. P. Dutton; 1st edition (March 20, 1979)
  • Pages: 213 pages
  • ePUB size: 1128 kb
  • FB2 size 1374 kb
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Doris Grumbach's Chamber Music has made a considerable impression on m. The book "Chamber Music" was very touching. It takes one back into the life of Caroline Maclaren as she tells her story of the most important people to her, throughout her whole entire life

Doris Grumbach's Chamber Music has made a considerable impression on m. .It is a haunting story, all the more powerful because of the elegant economy of the writing. It takes one back into the life of Caroline Maclaren as she tells her story of the most important people to her, throughout her whole entire life. She tells of the the life behind marrying a composer who puts everything into music, and cares nothing of his surroundings. Later in her years, she has learned to love someone unexpectedlyl.

From the first day, Robert loved the house I had leased. He settled into his quarters at one end of the rambling farmhouse and began at once to work. Some of his best music was to be written here. Some of his best music was to be written here e house stood at the edge of a large farm property, seventy acres of lovely woods and meadows. The original fields, which had once been cultivated, now were almost returned to high weedy places where insects and bees lived and where new birches and maples were beginning a wild reclamation

Doris Grumbach is an American novelist, biographer, literary critic, and essayist

Doris Grumbach is an American novelist, biographer, literary critic, and essayist. Since 1985, she has had a bookstore, Wayward Books, in Sargentville, Maine, that she operates with her partner, Sybil Pike. Books by Doris Grumbach. Mor. rivia About Chamber Music.

Chamber Music: A Novel. This masterful tale of loneliness and of passion late in life is widely considered to be Grumbach’s finest work. Bittersweet, touching, and profoundly resonant, Chamber Music is captivating. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: Open Road MediaReleased: Nov 11, 2014ISBN: 9781497676701Format: book. carousel previous carousel next. Fifty Days of Solitude: A Memoir.

In 1979, Grumbach published the novel Chamber Music, which was .

In 1979, Grumbach published the novel Chamber Music, which was critically well received and helped establish her reputation as a novelist. In six years, three more books followed: The Missing Person (1981), The Ladies (1984), and The Magician's Girl (1987). In 1985, Grumbach resigned her professorship at American University but remained in Washington, . for five more years.

This masterful tale of loneliness and of passion late in life is widely considered to be Grumbach’s finest work.

The moving portrait of a woman stranded in her lonely fame Franny Fuller, blond, buxom, and beguiling, is the sort of woman who harnesses a power that can enthrall a nation. The legendary movie star has captured the imaginations of audiences, men, and columnist Mary Maguire, who is writing her biography.

ISBN 13: 978-1-4976-7670-1. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. Grumley Michael C. Год: 2014.

"I believe Chamber Music will be a classic. It deserves to be." â?Alice Walker

Caroline Maclaren, the ninety-year-old widow of a famous American composer, reaches back into her memories to tell the story of their life together. In setting the stage for her extraordinary tale, she recreates the aura of turn-of-the-century Frankfurt, Boston, and Saratoga Springs and of an age when private passions were hidden below the surfaces of private selves. She recalls her marriage as a sheltered young woman to the brilliantly promising Robert Maclaren, his swift rise to international musical fame, the darker story of his angry silences, and eventually, the grim details of his illness and death. In the final phase of her story she tells of the late-blossoming passion she discovers with Anna, the serene nurse who tended Robert in his dying days, and about the artists' colony they found as a tribute to his life and work.
Comments: (7)
Querlaca
Doris Grumbach, who was born in 1918, is a respected journalist, teacher, and author of novels, memoirs and biography. Her fiction is not that well known despite critical acclaim. CHAMBER MUSIC, like most of her other novels, is a work of historical fiction. Using real people from the past as her jumping-off point, Grumbach creates novels of uncommon dignity, detail, subtlety and pathos. CHAMBER MUSIC is loosely based upon the lives of American composer Edward MacDowell and his wife Marian. Grumbach incorporates real events into the plot, such as Marian's founding of the MacDowell Artists Colony. Edward died in 1908, and Marian in 1956. What was Marian's life like prior to, during, and following Edward's death? CHAMBER MUSIC imagines the answers to these questions by having Marian's fictionalized counterpart tell the story.

Without giving away the plot, which is well worth discovering as you read, I will say that Grumbach has drawn a very sad and realistic portrayal of a couple trapped in a marriage of convenience and the toll it takes on them both, especially the wife, due to her lack of options at the time.

One of Grumbach's great strengths is her ability to illustrate underlying political realities in a way that focuses on plot and characters, rather than ideology. Her message, such as it is, is woven into the story and never feels didactic. In this manner, she brings to life the reason why politics matters in the first place. In CHAMBER MUSIC, Grumbach tackles the issue of homosexuality in turn-of-the-20th-century America, when people were forced to hide their sexual preferences as a matter of life and death. CHAMBER MUSIC illustrates concretely how "being in the closet" destroyed peoples' lives.

However, there is another, more universal message in CHAMBER MUSIC: the healing power of love, which can come unbidden and in unexpected forms, if we are open to receiving it.

This is a heartbreaking gem of a book, and one of my very favorites.
ladushka
An absolutely beautiful book - the best I have read for ages. Doris Grumbach is a wonderful writer and the characters are complex and intriguing. The story has so many surprises and it seems as if there is so much fitted into this novel. I am on the last pages now and will be so sorry when I have finished.
Dobpota
A beautiful historical novel.
Kamick
Caroline is ninety and looks back on her life, especially her married life with a world famous music composer. Very matter of fact and written starkly the emotional feel of Caroline's feelings come through very strongly without the gushing sentiment.

Robert is a clever man but with many eccentricities that the naive Caroline as a young woman cannot see and does not understand till very much later. She adopts an attitude of servitude to him, giving in to his needs, his orders and most importantly his way of life. Everything seems subject to this.

Caroline goes from a sheltered childhood to this life as a wife - a wife more in name than in anything else. Her passionate feelings only surface with the finding of a companion who comes in as a nurse when Robert is dying and this relationship is the only bright spark in her life. Caroline comes to life during this phase of her life story and the contrast of this short period as against her previous life seems so bright and vivid as against the dullness of all that goes before.

A bit slow at the beginning this is a story you have to persevere at, the rewards of reading this is right at the end.
Hilarious Kangaroo
I found this book to be very interesting. It is a fictional memoir about a young woman who marries a man who becomes a famous composer and musician but their life together is not filled with the excitement she expected from her early knowledge of him. It is a portrait of a woman who learns many lessons in life and who is now in her nineties sharing that wisdom.
Despite the fact that the book was written decades ago and talks of long gone limitations on how people in society live their lives, I felt that many of the revelations that happen to her are still part of the difficulty of living life today. Most prevalent is the subject of same sex attractions.
I also found the writing to be very beautiful. The personality of the narrator and main character is felt as well as described by the author's skillful way of crafting her story.
Kizshura
Doris Grumbach is a hidden treasure a beautiful writer,this novel is narrated by Caroline a 90 year old woman looking back on her life &particularly of her unhappy marriage,.highly recommend to all who love true literature.
Hono
The book "Chamber Music" was very touching. It takes one back into the life of Caroline Maclaren as she tells her story of the most important people to her, throughout her whole entire life.
She tells of the the life behind marrying a composer who puts everything into music, and cares nothing of his surroundings. Later in her years, she has learned to love someone unexpectedlyl. The later years in her life, were the happiest yet, because she has learned to love someone, and that someone wasn't her husband, the composer, but a companion and friend she has made through caring for her husband before he died.
Doris Grumbach has worked wonders with this book. Her writing is very strong and caring. She wrote with feelings as if her, herself, was in the body of Caroline Maclaren. This book is worth it! It will shock you and touch your heart at the same time!
Great book with an unexpected ending. Sad but full of love.
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