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Body & soul

Author: Frank Conroy
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As A Boy, Claude Rawlings looks up through the grated window of his basement apartment to watch the world go by. Poor, lonely, supported by a taxi-driver mother whose eccentricities spin more and more out of control, he faces the terrible task of growing up on the margins of life, destined to be a spectator of that great world always hurrying out of reach. But there is an out-of-tune piano in the small apartment,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Musical fiction
Bildungsromans
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Conroy, Frank, 1936-2005.
Body & soul.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin/Seymour Lawrence, 1993
(OCoLC)622525627
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Conroy
ISBN: 0395519462 9780395519462
OCLC Number: 28294001
Notes: "A Portion of this book previously appeared in Gentlemen's quarterly"--Title page verso.
Description: 450 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Body and soul.
Responsibility: Frank Conroy.

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As A Boy, Claude Rawlings looks up through the grated window of his basement apartment to watch the world go by. Poor, lonely, supported by a taxi-driver mother whose eccentricities spin more and more out of control, he faces the terrible task of growing up on the margins of life, destined to be a spectator of that great world always hurrying out of reach. But there is an out-of-tune piano in the small apartment, and in unlocking the secrets of its keys, as if by magic, Claude discovers himself. He is a musical prodigy. Body & Soul is the story of a young man whose life is transformed by a gift. The gift is not without price - the work is relentless, the teachers exacting - but the reward is a journey that takes him to the drawing rooms of the rich and powerful, private schools, a gilt-edged marriage, and Carnegie Hall. Claude moves through this life as if he were playing a difficult composition, swept up in its drama and tension, surprised by its grace notes. Music, here, becomes a character in its own right, equaled in strength only by the music of Frank Conroy's own unmistakable and true voice. Bristling with character and invention, Body & Soul is Dickensian in its range and richness. This is a novel with all the emotional appeal and moral gravity of a classic bildungsroman, but with a tone as contemporary as a jazz riff - an unforgettable achievement by one of the great writers of our time.

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