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Mozart's Wife by [Waldron, Juliet]
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Giddy sugarplum or calculating bitch? Pretty Konstanze aroused strong feelings among her contemporaries. Her in-law's loathed her. Mozart's friends, more than forty years after his death, remained eager to gossip about her "failures" as wife to the world's first superstar.

Maturing from child, to wife, to hard-headed widow, Konstanze would pay Mozart's debts, provide for their children, and relentlessly market and mythologize her brilliant husband.

Mozart's letters attest to his affection for Konstanze as well as to their powerful sexual bond. Nevertheless, prominent among the many mysteries surrounding the composer's untimely death: why did his much beloved Konstanze never mark his grave?

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This is a multi-faceted novel which brilliantly joins the nomenclature of romantic and historical fiction. I would recommend this novel to lovers of music, lovers of history, and just plain lovers. --Knowbetter.com

Juliet Waldron brings Konstanze and her wayward genius of a spouse to vivid life. She avoids the pitfall of the biographical novelist by refusing to make either of them the villain, and her insights into character are extraordinary. --Liz Burton, The Blue Iris Journal

Mozart's Wife is a story of love, jealousy, grief and most importantly--forgiveness. ...Fastpaced; Ms. Waldron has exquisite, flowing prose. .. a must read... --Kim Murphy, Sime-Gen

Waldron's writing is humorous, erotic, and fluid. Her beautiful use of words reveals the delicate, volatile intimacy inherent in marriage. In the antagonist, Waldron characterizes a woman's quiet (and sometimes not so quiet) struggle to remain the dutiful wife while also protecting her children and herself from her husband's self-destructive behavior. Mozart's Wife is a consuming piece that reminds us that all humans, regardless of talent or skill, are within the boundaries of fault and outside the lines of perfection. I highly recommend this wonderful book. --Melissa Levine,

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3954 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (11 January 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XNZVXQ
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great historical fiction! 23 October 2014
By Darlene @ Peeking Between the Pages - Published on Amazon.com
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Mozart’s Wife by Juliet Waldron is a brilliant novel that weaves fact with fiction in the telling of what life with Mozart was like from his wife’s point of view. This novel is rich in historical detail and is one of those books to savor, not rush through. The writing is eloquent and the story intriguing. I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Celeste Lawson and she does a great job. I think she has the perfect tone of voice for this type of story and for me she just really brought Mozart and Konstanze’s world to life for me.

Konstanze falls in love with Mozart from a young age when he begins courting her sister and when that doesn’t work out she’s secretly happy. In a family of girls Konstanze doesn’t shine as her sisters do so she’s surprised and thrilled when Mozart confesses that he loves her and can’t live without her in his always over dramatic way. They marry and that is really where this story explodes as it delves into the marriage of Konstanze and Mozart which is sometimes happy and sometimes in turmoil.

Life with Mozart is definitely not always an easy one. Mozart is constantly creating his music and spending his time out among the people – especially those with praise for him. Mozart though has a hard time saving any money and whenever he has any he spends it. For Konstanze with the household to maintain and kids to care for this is more often a nightmare than anything else. Many, many times the family is much to close to the poverty line with Mozart lending out money they don’t have.

Mozart was a man who just lived day to day; never planning. As well Mozart seemed to be quite often unfaithful to his wife. While Konstanze didn’t believe it at first soon enough she does and while she scolds him for his philandering ways she certainly never leaves him for it. More often than not though she finds herself pregnant and with having troubled births and children passing from disease childbirth has turned into something to be feared for her.

The research that went into this novel shines through on every page. I didn’t know anything about Mozart apart from his music before reading this book and I really appreciate the knowledge I’ve gained through this reading. More than that it is always interesting to see the lives of the people behind the one who is famous. It is because of Konstanze that Mozart’s music is still as popular today as it was then because she made sure it would be. Despite the troubles in her marriage she loved her husband and I found her a fascinating character to read about.

For readers of historical fiction Mozart’s Wife is an excellent choice and one I enjoyed a great deal!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 8 October 2013
By BelleBooks - Published on Amazon.com
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I come to Mozart's Wife after having first read its companion novel, My Mozart, which I enjoyed very much. But this was even better. Right from the start, I was gripped by this tale what it might have been like to be courted by and married to a musical genius like Mozart. Nowhere near as idyllic a love story as some folks might imagine.

The greatest strength of this novel is the main character, who is not Mozart, but Constanze, his wife. Whether you like her or dislike her, in this novel she is not to be ignored. Stanzi's voice seems real and authentic (and quite different from the voice of Mozart's young lover in My Mozart, the story of a woman who only saw the part, not the whole).

I felt as if I were being taken into the heart of an 18th century marriage, which is not, after all, very different from a 21st century marriage--passion and foolishness, hope, delight and adoration followed by the almost inevitable disillusionment as the real world batters at the gates of romance. The Mozart of this novel is sensitive, kindhearted, sensual, and so eager to please that he can't say no, especially to a pretty or a talented woman. And yet he is so lovable and irresistible to his wife that she forgives him time and again, not only for his infidelities, but also for his complete idiocy with regard to their finances. But the anger slowly builds inside her until she, too, is willing to dabble in a discreet but forbidden romance.

Although I probably wouldn't have made the same choices as Stanzi does in this story, I can empathize with her, and even root for her when she does her best to put the broken pieces of her life back together. I can't even imagine how terrible it must have been to keep getting pregnant and keep losing one beloved child after another to death. Yet this was what most women endured before reliable birth control measures were invented. Anyone who romanticizes what it was like to live in the past will surely be brought up short when reading this account of what marriage and motherhood were really like for women in this era. And if you love Mozart and his music, there is a great deal to appreciate here, too, even though his music is not the primary focus of this book.

Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys lively, well-researched historical novels.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining perspective 3 September 2015
By Ubookquitous - Published on Amazon.com
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Waldron has done a fine job at immersing the reader in the late 18th C. Austria. A fascinating look at the famous composer from the perspective of his wife, while also being her own tale. Waldron chose to use some of the more scandalous, unproven rumors as her part of the plot, which is certainly the difference between novels and biography.

Constanze is a strong woman who loves Mozart deeply but must learn to deal with his flirtatious nature (is he faithful?), his drinking and partying, and his constant overspending. The novel deals with the reality of a woman's life - talented and intelligent in her own right - where the double standard was exacerbated by the Mozart's choices.

Both characters are complex - I found myself admiring them, yet annoyed with them at time. The life of the Mozarts as a couple and the complex society they lived in was well presented with a good balance between the exposition necessary to render the world well and the action that moved the story. My favorite parts were the dialog between Mozart and Constanze because they were so different, yet loved each other despite all they faced.
4.0 out of 5 stars Mozart's Wife compellingly tells all 1 July 2014
By Michelle A. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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Mozart. One of my most favorite composers in history and someone I think I would have very much liked had I met him. This is my second fictional account of Mozart, the first being the 1985 Best Picture Oscar winner, Amadeus. In that account and in this book, Mozart comes alive and the love between him and his beloved Stanzi is evident and endearing.

Told from the point of view of Konstanze "Stanzi" Weber (her surname before she became Mlle. Mozart), we learn early on that Mozart is likable and fall in love easily. He first courts Stanzi's older sister, Aloysia, who treats him most despicably and shuns him, but it seems that this was divine providence because who he was meant to be with was Stanzi all along. However, despite their great love, Mozart was a very difficult person to be married to. I think what comes along with genius a lot of times is a sense of entitlement and Mozart most assuredly had that. It was hard not to feel sorry for Konstanze with all she endured and yet a nod must be given to a woman who stood by a musical genius whose music perhaps may have taken a different turn if not for his marriage to this remarkable woman.

What most impressed me about this novel was how well the characters and dialog were written. It became very easy to get lost in the story and almost feel like I was right there. It takes a talent to pull this off, especially in historical fiction that is set in the past. The author has written many historical novels and now that I've read and enjoyed this one, I can't wait to discover her others.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magnificant job 13 October 2012
By Kim Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
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Before reading Mozart's Wife, I knew nothing about the man behind the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A splendid example of what fifteen years of research can create, Ms. Waldron has done a magnificent job portraying the man through the person who probably knew him best, his wife, Konstanze.

Konstanze's story progresses from a starry-eyed girl's adoration of the man she loves to a mature woman's wisdom, and ultimately, early widowhood. Being married to a creative, eccentric genius is a bumpy road that leads her along the path of debt and infidelity. To complicate matters, she endures multiple pregnancies with only two children surviving. Grief draws the couple closer together, then later serves as a wedge driving them apart.

The only constant in their lives is Mozart's music. During lean years, Konstanze grows to wonder why he keeps writing what no one wants to hear. But Mozart in his dying words promises her that his music will take care of her and the children.

Mozart's Wife is a story of love, jealousy, grief, and most importantly--forgiveness. A fast-paced read, Ms. Waldron has exquisite, smooth-flowing prose. I found myself reading more on Mozart, which attests to how much I was swept into the 18th century and the life of perhaps the most creative composer of all time. Mozart's Wife is a must read for classical music lovers and historical readers alike.

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