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Book Summary of Clara

Janice Galloway's new novel is based on the life of Clara Schumann: celebrated nineteenth-century concert pianist and composer, editor and teacher, friend of Brahms - who was also the wife of Robert Schumann, the mother of his eight children, and the woman who cared for him through a series of crippling mental illnesses. Clara is a meticulously researched account of two remarkable and highly dramatic musical careers, but primarily it is a novel about timeless, common things: about the inescapable influences of childhood, about creativity and marital life, about communication and silence, about how art is made and how art, in turn, may erode or save the life that nourishes it. Clara takes as its heart an examination of the place of love in a life of increasing isolation and alienation.

About the Author

Janice Galloway's books include the novels The Trick is to Keep Breathing, which won the 1990 MIND/Allen Lane Book of the Year Award, and Foreign Parts, which won the 1994 McVitie's Prize. In 1994 she also won the E. M. Forster Award, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Glasgow.

Details of Book: Clara (BSID:10776)

Book Clara
Author Janice Galloway
ISBN 0099750511
ISBN-13 9780099750512, 978-0099750512
Binding Paperback
Publisher Random House Group
Publishing Date 20030306
Number of Pages 432
Language English
Dimensions 7.83 x 5.24 x 1.1 inches
Weight 356 grams

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Rachel February 10, 2010 review from Goodreads

This is a beautiful depiction of the life of Clara Schumann, the world-famous pianist made even more renowned through her marriage to the composer Robert Schumann. I enjoyed every moment of this book, more for Galloway's adroitness at capturing impressions than for a fast-moving plot. Clara's st...

Jen June 10, 2008 review from Goodreads

The Schumanns and their friends pretty much represent one of my favorite eras of classical music - the music was great, and the composers themselves yielded lots of sordid stories. This story, for instance, is about how the famous pianist Clara Weick (who, although you never hear about her due to...

Diane March 24, 2009 review from Goodreads

I give up. This book came with a good recommendation but it's not my cup of beer. The intriguing main character is Clara Wieck Schumman, a musical genius and extremely talented pianist. She is *so* horribly put upon by the men in her life, first her control-freak father/teacher and then her loony...

Kim January 03, 2010 review from Goodreads

Although I know that some readers find this book rather tedious and Robert Schumann insufferable (he was manic depressive and very hard to live with), I found the story of Clara Schumann very illuminating. Not only was she more popular and prolific during her heyday as a pianst, but she was the m...

Nicola November 05, 2009 review from Goodreads

Oneof my favourite books of all time- it just puts into words the feelings you have when playing the piano and why music is so beautiful and tragic. She also takes you straight into the heart of Robert and Clara Schumann's relationship and you come away feeling as though you knew them. A very bea...


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