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I am of two minds about this book. Reading the story was for me similar to hearing a distant conversation, perhaps two rooms over, where the intonation and flow of words hints at a fascinating adventure but the words are not completely heard. Some aspects of the book were delightful—a clown on the run from the Ministry of Justice, the Tax Authority, and a mysterious group of monks! The idea of a person’s spirit being heard as music is lovely, and the references to many classical works made me long for a soundtrack to the novel. In the end, though, I had more a sense than I had dreamt of reading this book rather than actually being able to delve into the story.
posted Feb 10, 2010 at 10:32AM
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Passionate John Sebastian Bach fan; has a gambling debt; about to be deported for not paying his taxes; searching for a missing girl with psychic abilities.