- Taschenbuch: 640 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: New Ed (5. Februar 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0099453835
- ISBN-13: 978-0099453833
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 3,4 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 7 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 36.701 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Time Of Our Singing (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. Februar 2004
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Richard Powers' novel The Time of Our Singing has had the kind of pre-publishing hype that few literary novels enjoy. "One of the greatest American novels ever written" is the sort of praise that has been laid at the feet of this one, but this enthusiasm for the work of Richard Powers is nothing new. In books such as Plowing the Dark, Powers has shown himself capable of a remarkable balancing act: his books have had a strong scientific underpinning, carefully balanced with allusions to classical art and couched in narratives that have the sweep of the great nineteenth-century novelists. Here, the complex plot manages to take in the demands of artistic talent, familial conflict and a nation divided by racism.
The central character is Jonah Strom, a highly talented tenor of mixed-race born to Jewish physicist David Strom (who has fled Germany) and Delia Dailey, a middle-class black opera singer. The relationship of Jonah's parents began at the famous recital given by the great black soprano Marion Anderson when she was rejected by the classical music establishment. David and Delia are very different people, but their love of music becomes central to the lives of their sons; the singer Jonah and his younger brother Joseph, who becomes a pianist and accompanies his brother. While Jonah struggles for the acceptance of the white establishment, his rebellious younger sister Ruth takes a different path and confronts the issues of race in her life by marrying a Black Panther and taking on her enemies. It is left to Joseph to find an accommodation somewhere between these two extremes.
While all the younger characters here are drawn with the kind of lucid detail that is Powers particular speciality, the real skill of the narrative lies in the parents David and Delia. The former is, in fact, the most richly drawn character, with his humanity and intellect triumphantly brought to life. The discursive narrative needs careful attention from the reader, and this is not a book for those seeking undemanding reading. But the rewards here are many: this is a biting and exuberant novel that isn't afraid to tackle many uncomfortable issues. --Barry Forshaw -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
"There is no contemporary American writer quite like Richard Powers... It is rare to find a novel as intellectually and emotionally engaging as this" (Guardian)
"Formidable...rewarding" (Sunday Times)
"An epic novel of modern America that weaves ideas of race, music and science into a mysterious but satisfying tapestry... Endlessly fascinating" (Independent)
"I cannot think of any novel other than Thomas Mann's Dr Faustus that enters so fully into the musical mind" (Sunday Telegraph)
"A serious work, never less than considered and thought-provoking" (Daily Telegraph)
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There is no peace
Black and white is not complex enough; the original couple additionally brings the paradox of differing religions to the racial mix and then let these ingredients, that become demons when let loose, to burden their children. The meeting of the couple that catalyzes the tale takes place at a concert at The Lincoln Memorial, located there, for the female singer of color cannot perform elsewhere, a First Lady must step in and do what is right, what everyone else fails to do.
Race trumps love
Classical music, white European music brings this couple together that will start a family of unique and exceptionally gifted children. Yet no amount of talent, no shade of pigmentation however light, allows them the freedom to be judged, as one man who had a dream so badly wanted. A flawless voice cannot be so considered on its own because of the music it sings, when is white not white, one-half, one drop, is there anything that can lay claim to purely white?Lesen Sie weiter... ›
This book could have been great. The female characters are not developed beyond yawning stereotypes. I want the women to be delineated and breathed alive. This would put life into the men in the book.
In German Grosszuegig is generous. At times the translations are stilted. If you want to have more insight in multicultural Jewish/mixed families look at the work of Rebecca Walker and Jocelyn Segal.
I think that I never believe the choices and restraints of these people nor how violence is shown in the cities that Joseph and Jonah traveled and lived in. As for Ruth give her the awesome complexities that she is. It would take the story off if the ground.
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Dass Buch war so schwierig so lesen sodass ich es später in der Deutsche Übersetzung anfing - auch nicht leichter ! Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 29. November 2012 von Marie-louise Goeransson
very interesting topic, dealing with the situation of Afro-Americans in the U.S. from about 1940 on. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 6. April 2012 von Piza