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The garden where the brass band played

The garden where the brass band played

Author: Simon Vestdijk

ISBN: 978-954-320-292-8
Category: Novels and poetry
Cover: Paperback, Format: 14x21, Pages: 384, Weight: 298 g

Price: 15.00 lv

Votes: 2

To quite a few people, including Vestdijk, himself, The Garden Where the Brass Band Played is his best novel. The hero, Noll, remembers his youth in a provincial town. At the age of eight, his mother had taken to the town garden, where he had been fascinated listening to the brass band and dancing with Trix, the daughter of the tipsy orchestra conductor. That experience had been very powerful and years later, when Noll studied medicine and got mixed up in complicated interactions with Trix that memory was still to come back to him. Vestdijk tells the story in the midst of tempestuous youthful experiences, the growing love for music and the irreversible loss of the past spent in and around "the garden", which had turned into a mythical location. When at long last Noll overcomes his delusion, he finds himself surrounded by gloomy trees, with leaves the copper colour of autumn. A wonderful book: cruel and captivating. Claude Michel Cloony, Le Figaro

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