Love is Blind is William Boyd's sweeping, heart-stopping new novel. Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie's love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the nineteenth century becomes the twentieth.Love is Blind is a tale of dizzying passion and brutal revenge; of artistic endeavour and the illusions it creates; of all the possibilities that life can offer, and how cruelly they can be snatched away. At on...
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Love is Blind Reviews
In the late 19th century, Brodie Moncur is given the chance to move from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Paris, to be assistant manager of Channon’s piano store. This is a real promotion from his prior position as piano tuner at Channon’s in Edinburgh. In Paris, he meets a Russian singer, Lika, and is thunderstruck with love for her. Complication: she is the mistress of a prominent Irish pianist, John Kilbarron, whom Brady has persuaded to promote Channon pianos.
You know that the expression “love is bli ...more
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Description: Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life.
When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano ...more
Despite Alexander Larman’s (Guardian) health check assuring us of Boyd’s ‘rapturous return to form’ thus persuading me to read my first Boyd novel in a couple of decades or so I found a little too much hat tipping with nods to Chekhov, Joyce (Shem & Stan [Jim/Stan : Shem/Shaun]) in Trieste, Margaret Mead’s anthropological studies (I wonder if I have this right? Mead’s studies were 20 years later) and as like as not much that I have missed; along with various Scottish myths (Bobby, a Skye ter ...more
This novel took me almost completely by surprise. I've read Boyd in the past so the arc of the story was one I expected (the life of one man during his formative years to death) but the depth and richness of both the character and the setting made this a wonderful and I feel what will be an unforgettable read.
The one man—Brodie Moncur is a Scottish piano tuner. Brodie works for a large piano company in Scotland during the late 1800’s. His innovative ideas for piano sales and service have landed ...more
Brodie Moncur is our protagonist, a young man from a large family in Edinburgh, Scotland. Brodie’s father Malcolm, nicknamed by his children as Malky, is also the pastor of St. Mungo’s church. Brodie is a piano tuner, an excellent one, and is assigned by his employer to accompany the traveling concerts of John Killbaron who is known throughout Europe as the Irish Liszt.
Brodie joins the tour and finds his job of tuning John’s piano an enjoyable one. John is the performing pianist and musician ...more
William Boyd writes a story of love and great passion set at the turn of the last century. Brodie Moncur, son of an overbearing patriarchal clergyman, has a particularly musical ear. His work as a highly skilled piano tuner takes him to Paris and beyond, fine-tuning the instruments of the great concert pianists of their day. On one such occasion, he meets Russian opera singer Lika Blum, mistress of a now-fading Irish pianist, and falls madly in love with her. Their affair must be c ...more
For about 2/3-3/4 of this novel i thought it was truly excellent and would make my top 10 of the year, but then the author makes some choices with how to get to the end (which was always kind of clear) that just didn't work out for me so the last 1/4 or so of the novel became a bit of a slog
Overall excellent for most of it but loses energy in the last quarter or so and becomes a fairly banal story of failure after that; the writing and characters still keep it readable but it could have been so ...more
"'You could say,’ Vere mused, ‘that, looking at it from one angle, you’re having an amazing Russian literary experience.’"
In the TLS's recent Booker 50th anniversary edition, various past winners were asked about underrated authors that should have featured more in the prize's reckoning. Thomas Keneally suggested: "William Boyd is a consistently pleasing and illuminating writer. He made it onto the Booker shortlist once with An Ice-Cream War, and – to be honest – should have won it."