He was no longer afraid of them, as he had been when he'd started school. They were, he realized, just kids, but there was something about them -- their easy spontaneity, their recklessness, their almost manic self-absorption, the way in which they seemed completely taken up in the present Body And Soul -- that made him uneasy. He did not for an instant think of himself as one of them. He sat with them only because the rules forced him to.
In an odd way he felt like an imposter. On the theater curtains a highly distorted image of the American flag appeared -- pulled, rolled, squashed, smeared, ballooned, and edgeless in the thick folds. As the curtains parted the image grew from the center out, crisp, bright, and perfectly focused. Old Glory against the sky. Everyone stood and sang the national anthem, following the bouncing ball at the foot of the screen.
Claude found a peculiar fascination in the bouncing ball. It seemed a persona, jumping deftly from syllable to syllable. The music was loud and satisfying. Followed by a newsreel, the narrator's voice both urgent and important, sounding over the flash of images. And then the first feature, about a tough sailor who marries a librarian but doesn't take life seriously until they have a baby.
The second feature described the adventures of a boy who could talk to horses. Claude watched them all with total attention, so captivated that it was a shock when the movies ended, as if his soul had been flying around in the dark and had now slammed back into his body.
Outside, the unnaturally still street and the implacable heat seemed to claim him, to smother the quicksilver emotions of the films and flatten him in his contemplation of the meaningless, eternal, disinterested reality of the street, of its enduring drabness and familiarity. To come out of the RKO was to come down, and he rushed home to the safety and company of the piano.
View 2 comments. Nov 02, Jennifer Landrigan rated it it was amazing. This should be required reading. It became a very emotional read once I became fully immersed around halfway. Amazing character development, and the relationship between Claude and his teacher was just touching beyond words.
This book will stay with me a long time. Aug 07, Rachael rated it it was amazing Shelves: on-a-desert-islandread What a wonderful read! This book was Body And Soul to me by a bookseller from Wellesley Booksmith, a local indi bookstore I am so grateful.
If you enjoy broad sweeping storytelling, Manhattan in the 40s,50s and early 60s, and music this is absolutely the book for you. The story follows the growth and emergence of Claude into a world renowned composer and pianist.
His beginning life is fraught with much difficulty and abandonment but through the kindness of others, particularly the ever so kind a What a wonderful read! His beginning life is fraught with much difficulty and abandonment but through the kindness of others, particularly the ever so kind and loving Mr.
Weisel, his talent is recognized and so begins his journey. As a reader you are completely immersed in Claude's love of music-the passages when he plays piano are amazing. The story flows effortlessly, and surrounds itself with wonderful loving characters that recognize his gift and nourish Claude in some way.
Even the characters that are flawed themselves bring a needed depth and richness to the story. Jun 06, Michael rated it really liked it.
A friend lent me this book, describing it as grotesquely uplifting. The style is very casual and easy to get through, reading like a novel directed towards teens, and does not generally stray into philosophical insight too often. However, I find a great number of the ideas useful, but to what is likely a minority audience. To me, the most important aspects are lessons that Claude Rawlings, the main character, has with Body And Soul piano teachers.
As a pianist, I am intrigued at how these may be applied a A friend lent me this book, describing it as grotesquely uplifting. As a pianist, I am intrigued at how these may be applied and if the technical ideas are legitimate. Along with a clear description of tone music, this book does well to give some insight into music theory and the process of practicing and composing.
The only qualm is that, by being a fiction novel, I am forced to question some of the legitimacy. Also, I am not convinced that someone not in my field could get out of the book what I have - indeed, a background in music theory is necessary to understand a good chunk of it. Overall, a very quick and indeed uplifting read, but possibly to a select audience.
Aug 11, Veronica rated it it was amazing. Its the coming of age story of 6 year old Claude Rawlings. He lives in a basement apartment in NYC with his taxi driver mother.
He's home along most of the time and watches the people's feet as they walk by the living room window. He starts playing the piano and that's when this story and his life begin.
There are several places where he really "gets into it", his music where only musicians would understand what he's referring to, but he does it with such feeling that you don't really mind that you don't understand all the technical terms. The people he meets, the loves he has pull you into his life and its a wonderful read. I highly recommend Body and Soul. It's another one of those books you'll never forget.
View all 4 comments. Jan 18, Trickywoo rated it it was amazing. I was recommended this book by an employee at Barnes and Noble, and it is the one worthwhile recommendation I've ever received there. I read this book usually twice a year, and bought a second copy because the first copy fell apart from lending it out so much. If I meet someone and find out they are a reader, I immediately tell them to read this book. It is such an involving and uplifting story that any person who can read English will enjoy it, regardless of whether or not you like music.
My ma I was recommended this book by an employee at Barnes and Noble, and it is the one worthwhile recommendation I've ever received there. My main difficulty in describing this book to people is that when you say 'it's about a child prodigy who becomes a successful piano player and composer in the mid 20th century' people start to think you are kidding about the quality of the story.
Amazing writer. Conroy is a writer I would read regardless of the story he's telling because his style is so wonderful. He wants to write about a genius musician growing up in the New York of the s? I'm there. He wants to write about walking down the street and catching a bus, I'll be there too. More than a few of the passages from the book had me re-reading them over and over.
Claude's story may not have been earth-shattering, but Conroy's technical skills with the written word deliv Amazing writer.
Claude's story may not have been earth-shattering, but Conroy's technical skills with the written word delivering Claud's story were phenomenal. May 10, Christopher Litsinger rated it really liked it Shelves: read-inread-inread-infavorites.
This book remains one of my favorite books. Conroy's ability to describe childhood is dead on, his descriptions of period New York City bring it to life, and the book has a reputation as being one of the finest descriptions of what it is like to be a musician. I love very nearly everything about the book. Even after reading it many times, I still have to pause and put it down periodically after a particular phrase or passage strikes me.
If the book has a weakness for me, it is in Conroy's inabilit This book remains one of my favorite books. If the book has a weakness for me, it is in Conroy's inability to let the story end. Rarely, but with increasing frequency as the book draws to a close, Conroy will give us a glimpse of what happens after the books conclusion. I often find these to be disappointingly trite observations, or in one extreme example, answering a question that the book would be far better leaving open ended.
If anyone paused he could see detail — straps, eyelets, a worn heel, or cracked leather with the sock showing through — but it was the movement that he liked, the passing parade of color and motion. Sep 29, Maryann rated it it was amazing. What a beautiful, beautiful book. Claude is a musical prodigy and is nurtured by some of the best teachers in the world, though he has little understanding of his talent or that he has happened into some remarkable luck.
He comes from nothing- his mother is a cab driver and he has no knowledge of who his father might be, and his talent takes him into worlds that wouldn't be accessible to him otherwise. He experiences the world with innocence and learns quickly that his life isn't necessarily lik What a beautiful, beautiful book. He experiences the world with innocence and learns quickly that his life isn't necessarily like others, but he adapts and isn't held back by the social isolation.
The story of his life is a song, full of emotion, connection, love, heartbreak, and, most of all, music. This story is well written and very well researched.
Most of the music talk goes over my head, but it wasn't frustrating or boring. The passion for the music comes through. Claude and the other characters are vivid and it's easy to become invested in them.
There's a line in the book about a review of a concert Claude played in, about words being insufficient to describe music. Well played, Conroy- you did an amazing job. Food: champagne. Clear, crisp, delightful, lively, and something one doesn't usually get much of on a regular basis, so it's meant to be savored.
Sep 11, Erin Eileen rated it it was amazing. Not just what it's like to listen to music -- although of course that's in there too -- but what it's like to be inside the music, learning to play it, playing it, mastering it, composing it. Conroy follows Claude Rawlings from young autodidact to superstar piano soloist and budding composer, and along the way draws a beautiful, gritty portrait of New York City in the 40s, London in the 60's and v "Body and Soul" is the first novel I've read that deftly and eloquently captures music on the page.
Conroy follows Claude Rawlings from young autodidact to superstar piano soloist and budding composer, and along the way draws a beautiful, gritty portrait of New York City in the 40s, London in the 60's and various places in between. This ambitious novel covers the development of classical music, its intersection with jazz, questions of race and identity, class, mental illness, the lingering effects of the Holocaust, Body And Soul, and gentrification of urban neighborhoods.
Oh yes, there's also some dipping into McCarthy-era Red Scare tactics. Should I mention the interesting sex scenes? Sexual identity is also part of the elaborate landscape Conroy paints. This is one to keep close by and read again and again. Jan 10, Teresa rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in It was a bit like being on a bicycle journey with a slow puncture and arriving with a totally flat tyre. It was the writing style - so dull and lack lustre.
It was easy to read but there was no passion. Here is a satire: Claude I am going to hit you around the head with a baseball bat "Oh right, okay".
Then Claude I am going to pull every single one of your fingernails out "You are, and then I will sit down and try to play the piano and will be mildly surprised that it hurts" His life changed for It was a bit like being on a bicycle journey with a slow puncture and arriving with a totally flat tyre. Then Claude I am going to pull every single one of your fingernails out "You are, and then I will sit down and try to play the piano and will be mildly surprised that it hurts" His life changed for ever.
Major things happen and nobody reacts, shouts, or gets angry or if they do manage to react it feels like a damp squib. It all just washes over them. As for a remarkable insight into the mind of a prodigy I felt the writer just didn't get there. Claude was, for me, boring beyond belief. I felt all the way through that we were on the verge of something happening but there was such a flatness to the writing which let you down every time.
In the end, for me, it was readable but quite unsatisfying. Mar 27, Laura rated it it was amazing. I loved this book! My test for a good book is that I want to read it quickly and then I don't want it to be over because I will miss it. It passed my test. I miss Claude and his world. I was given this book by an adult piano student years ago but never was in the right mood for it. I should not have waited so long to read it. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.
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