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Winner of the 1999 Whitbread Novel Award

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To find a writer with such imagination and fierce intellect as Rose Tremain is a rare treat, though one should really read all of her works to genuinely appreciate her talent and breadth of vision. All share remarkable vibrancy and clarity of character, accompanied by fascinating narratives. However, if you are new to Tremain, the Whitbread Award-winning Music and Silence is one of the best places to start.

Her earlier novel, the Booker-nominee Restoration, was set during the 17th century in the court of Charles II and displayed Tremain's mastery of the historical novel. Music and Silence is also set during the 17th century, though this time the setting is Denmark and the court of King Christian and his consort, Kirsten. Christian's country is slipping away from him, and the sybaritic and adulterous Kirsten's behavior compounds his despair and humiliation. The only succor for Christian's situation appears to be Peter Claire (the new lutenist in the orchestra that plays in a freezing cellar below the King's comfortable chamber), whose outrageous beauty reminds the king of a boyhood friend. Tremain's trademark imagination and wit are as sharp as ever, and Music and Silence brims with acute characterizations. There are many layers to this compelling novel and many stories, stories of light and dark, debauchery and repression, all woven together with seductive grace. Georgie, Powells.com

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A bold new novel from the author of Restoration and The Way I Found Her.

In the year 1629, a young English lutenist named Peter Claire arrives at the Danish court to join King Christian IV's royal orchestra. From the moment when he realizes that the musicians have to perform in a freezing cellar underneath the royal apartments, he understands that he's come to a place where the opposing states of light and dark, good and evil, are waging war to the death. Designated the king's "Angel" because of his good looks, he finds himself falling in love with the young woman who is the companion of the king's adulterous and estranged wife, Kirsten. With his loyalties fatally divided, how will Peter Claire find the path that will realize his hopes and save his soul?

With a sure, alchemical touch and the narrative finesse that always turns her histories into a kind of magic, Rose Tremain has fashioned a rich, provocative historical romance as pungent as Denmark's salty air. This is a tale of opposites: light and darkness, tenderness and violence, music and silence.

Review:

"Music & Silence is intricately structured, not just in its action but in the elaborate pattern of imagery — to do with music, silence, and, more eccentrically, buttons — that Tremain twines around her narrative snippets." Michael Upchurch, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"A dazzlingly imaginative, powerfully atmospheric work...a triumph of storytelling by a master of the art." Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

"Fans of Tremain's historical fiction Restoration will delight in her new novel....Music & Silence plays both the high and low notes of humanity: it descends darkly with lust and betrayal and crescendos with the magic of love and romance." Booklist

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"Versatile British author Tremain's eighth novel is the stuff of which fairy-tales are spun, though it also exhibits a compelling psychological and moral density....[I]n a skillfully presented array of increasingly interlocking narratives (each keyed to a different character's consciousness), Tremain explores a considerable range of human responses to, and involvements with, the overt expressiveness of 'music' and the 'silence' that pervades hearts and minds given to introversion and secrecy....Tremain's deepening characterization of King Christian — both as an incarnation of acquisitiveness who believes in his own divine right, and a sensitive seeker of higher things — is masterly and, ultimately, very moving. Tremain studied with the late Angus Wilson, and the influence of his fertile imagination has clearly helped shape, and energize, her own. Music & Silence may be her best yet." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Review:

"A magical novel...which offers great beauty, great ugliness, great wisdom." Penelope Fitzgerald, The Spectator

Review:

"Remarkable....Tremain...uses the past as a fantastical world where the imagination has an almost hypnotic force." Polly Shulman, Newsday

Synopsis:

In the year 1629, a young English lute player named Peter Claire arrives at the Danish court where he must find the path that will realize his hopes and save his soul. Short-listed for the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award.

Synopsis:

A bold new novel from the author of Restoration and The Way I Found Her

In the year 1629, a young English lutenist named Peter Claire arrives at the Danish court to join King Christian IV's royal orchestra. From the moment when he realizes that the musicians have to perform in a freezing cellar underneath the royal apartments, he understands that he's come to a place where the opposing states of light and dark, good and evil, are waging war to the death. Designated the king's "Angel" because of his good looks, he finds himself falling in love with the young woman who is the companion of the king's adulterous and estranged wife, Kirsten. With his loyalties fatally divided, how will Peter Claire find the path that will realize his hopes and save his soul?

With a sure, alchemical touch and the narrative finesse that always turns her histories into a kind of magic, Rose Tremain has fashioned a rich, provocative historical romance as pungent as Denmark's salty air. This is a tale of opposites: light and darkness, tenderness and violence, music and silence.

About the Author

Music & Silence is Rose Tremain's eighth novel. Her previous work has been short-listed for the Booker Prize and has won the Prix Femina Etranger and the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374199890
Author:
Tremain, Rose
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Musicians
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
17th century
Subject:
Denmark
Subject:
Norway
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
1st Farrar, Straus, and Giroux ed.
Series Volume:
105-300
Publication Date:
20000406
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.4 x 1.75 in

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Product details 480 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374199890 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Music & Silence is intricately structured, not just in its action but in the elaborate pattern of imagery — to do with music, silence, and, more eccentrically, buttons — that Tremain twines around her narrative snippets."
"Review" by , "A dazzlingly imaginative, powerfully atmospheric work...a triumph of storytelling by a master of the art."
"Review" by , "Fans of Tremain's historical fiction Restoration will delight in her new novel....Music & Silence plays both the high and low notes of humanity: it descends darkly with lust and betrayal and crescendos with the magic of love and romance."
"Review" by , "Versatile British author Tremain's eighth novel is the stuff of which fairy-tales are spun, though it also exhibits a compelling psychological and moral density....[I]n a skillfully presented array of increasingly interlocking narratives (each keyed to a different character's consciousness), Tremain explores a considerable range of human responses to, and involvements with, the overt expressiveness of 'music' and the 'silence' that pervades hearts and minds given to introversion and secrecy....Tremain's deepening characterization of King Christian — both as an incarnation of acquisitiveness who believes in his own divine right, and a sensitive seeker of higher things — is masterly and, ultimately, very moving. Tremain studied with the late Angus Wilson, and the influence of his fertile imagination has clearly helped shape, and energize, her own. Music & Silence may be her best yet."
"Review" by , "A magical novel...which offers great beauty, great ugliness, great wisdom."
"Review" by , "Remarkable....Tremain...uses the past as a fantastical world where the imagination has an almost hypnotic force."
"Synopsis" by , In the year 1629, a young English lute player named Peter Claire arrives at the Danish court where he must find the path that will realize his hopes and save his soul. Short-listed for the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award.
"Synopsis" by ,
A bold new novel from the author of Restoration and The Way I Found Her

In the year 1629, a young English lutenist named Peter Claire arrives at the Danish court to join King Christian IV's royal orchestra. From the moment when he realizes that the musicians have to perform in a freezing cellar underneath the royal apartments, he understands that he's come to a place where the opposing states of light and dark, good and evil, are waging war to the death. Designated the king's "Angel" because of his good looks, he finds himself falling in love with the young woman who is the companion of the king's adulterous and estranged wife, Kirsten. With his loyalties fatally divided, how will Peter Claire find the path that will realize his hopes and save his soul?

With a sure, alchemical touch and the narrative finesse that always turns her histories into a kind of magic, Rose Tremain has fashioned a rich, provocative historical romance as pungent as Denmark's salty air. This is a tale of opposites: light and darkness, tenderness and violence, music and silence.

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