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Liszt's Kiss: A Novel Kindle Edition
At the height of the Romantic era in Paris, there was no bigger celebrity than the composer and pianist Franz Liszt. A fiery and gorgeous Hungarian, he made women swoon at soirees and left a trail of broken hearts behind him. Anne, a countess and talented young pianist whose mother has just died of cholera, hears Franz Liszt in concert and is swept up in his allure. The enigmatic Marie d'Agoult, a friend of Anne's late mother, takes her under her wing and introduces her to the artistic world -- despite the objections of Anne's sullen and sorrowful father.
Anne soon finds herself in the midst of dangerous intrigues, discovering a family secret so shocking that her father will go to any lengths to protect it.
With the ominous presence of Paris's most deadly epidemic looming over every turbulent event, Liszt's Kiss is a rich evocation of a remarkable period as seen through the eyes of a sensitive young artist.
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About the Author
- ASIN : B000OVLIJM
- Publisher : Atria Books (10 April 2007)
- Language : English
- File size : 923 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0743289404
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,050,443 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author's knowledge of the history, and particularly the music, of the day lures the reader into a vividly imagined world. If you've ever stared at the lush portraits of countesses by Ingres, lost in the details of their watered silks and mouth-watering jewels, you'll be be right at home in the sumptuous ballrooms and salons of Liszt's Kiss. Dunlap, a Ph.D. in Music who studied to be concert pianist, so beautifully evokes the emotions present in the music of the period that one only wishes the book came with underscoring. Maybe next time the publishers will make relevant selections available for download.
Unlike some novelists who violate the historical accuracy of their character's personality to supply a modern lust for melodrama, Dunlap carefully develops Anne as an authentic young woman of her time, someone just beginning to realize she has power as a woman. The novel leaves one wondering -- as all great novels do -- what this character is going to do next.