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The Resource The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain

Label
The Gustav Sonata
Title
The Gustav Sonata
Statement of responsibility
Rose Tremain
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
'It was a game of love and death. Neither of us will ever speak about it. It's locked inside us.' Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem distant. He adores his mother but she treats him with bitter severity, disapproving especially of his intense friendship with Anton, the Jewish boy at school. A gifted pianist, Anton is tortured by stage fright; only in secret games with Gustav does his imagination thrive. But Gustav is taught that he must develop a hard shell, 'like a coconut', to protect the softness inside - just like the hard shell perfected by his country, to protect its neutrality. But despite this hard shell, nothing in Gustav's life can be called neutral. Older, and increasingly curious about his absent father, Gustav discovers the traces of an erotic love affair - traces which still glow white-hot even now. Fierce, astringent, profoundly tender - and spanning the twentieth century - Rose Tremain's beautifully orchestrated novel explores the big themes of betrayal and the struggle for happiness, and above all, the passionate love of a childhood friendship as it is tested over a lifetime
Summary
Growing up in a small town in Switzerland where he is sheltered from the echoes of World War II, only child Gustav forges an intense relationship with a mercurial Jewish boy, Anton, a talented pianist who introduces him to the harsh realities of racism, tolerance and cruelty during a friendship spanning more than half a century
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, 2016.
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10524529
Cataloging source
WWBK
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Tremain, Rose
Dewey number
823.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Friendship in children
  • Male friendship
  • Friendship
  • Interpersonal relations
Target audience
general
Label
The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000057557494
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
241 pages
Isbn
9781784740047
Lccn
2016012494
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)919104245
Label
The Gustav Sonata, Rose Tremain
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000057557494
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
241 pages
Isbn
9781784740047
Lccn
2016012494
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)919104245

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