It’s said that good things come in small packages. How true has that proven to be in this case.
In one of my previous posts, I had mentioned that I’m a student of violin. Violin is where I escape to, a place far away from my worries. So this book was a treat for me.
For this books protagonist is not a person, but a thing. If you can call a violin a thing, that is. The book revolves around a German family’s attachment to their heritage. They are especially attached to their violin which has been in their family for a hundred and fifty years. They lose it during the holocaust and due to an unexpected twist of fate and some expert writing, a reunion of the grandest kind happens.
The book truly manages to convey the importance of music in our lives, about memories that carry us through the tough times.
This book has so many goodies in it that I can’t even begin to tell you. Botticelli paintings, authentic Faberge eggs and how can I forget the music! The greats of orchestral music are brought alive through their works and the luthiers(Violin Makers) come alive through their instruments. I have learned so much about the history of violins by reading this book!
The description of concentration camps is heart wrenching!
Even if you’re not a fan of classical music, this is a must try. Would recommend it to everyone who has the fortune of reading the global language known as English!