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Love is Blind

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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ISBN : 9780241295939
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 384 pages
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Love is Blind Reviews

  • Robert Boyd

    I've been a fan of Boyd since the early 90s, and at first I thought this might be one of those books where the protagonist experiences the century as in The New Confessions or Any Human Heart. But it wasn't--instead it is a love story set at the turn of the last century in Scotland, France, Russia, Italy (briefly in an interlude) and finally in the Andaman Islands. The peripatetic protagonist is a gifted piano tuner named Brodie Moncur. He falls in love with a Russian opera singer and this leads ...more

  • Sam

    William Boyd's latest novel Love is Blind is aptly named. It shows us what people will do for love, the secrets they keep and what they choose not to see. Like Any Human Heart, this epic takes us around the world as it emerges into the twentieth century. Horse-drawn carriages make way for motor cars, but love affairs are as complicated as ever.

    Brodie Moncur is a gifted piano tuner and a romantic. He longs to leave his dour upbringing behind for a life of possibilities in Paris. Brodie goes to wo
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  • Bettie☯

    Penguin Books (UK)

    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

    Port Blair

    Andaman Islands

    Indian Empire

    11 March 1906

    Dear Amelia,

    [...]

    In the meantime, with my love as always, your sister, Page


    Part One opens in Edinburgh 1894, and Brodie Moncur is looking out through the windows of Channon & Co, over the bustle and dreck of daytime George Street.



    I make no secret of my appreciation of this author.

    5* Any Human Heart

    5* Sweet Caress

    4* Ordinary Thunderstorms

    4* Restless

    4* Brazzaville Beach

    4* Love is Blind

    3* A Haunting

    3* Armadillo

    2* Solo

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  • Joanne Cameron

    This is an enjoyable page turner of a book. The narrative follows Brodie Moncur, a bright 24 year old with very poor sight and a troublesome cough who is the son of an abusive, alcoholic but charismatic Scottish preacher. He becomes an expert piano tuner. This gives him the opportunity to go to Paris as Deputy Manager of Channon’s piano company. Through this work he meets and starts working for the “Irish Listz”, John Kilbarron – a piano playing prodigy who is now having problems with pain in hi ...more

  • SueKich

    Boyd’s vision.

    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
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  • BiblioPhil

    Me no Lika. (not really true but couldn't resist.)

  • Ian Brydon

    In my opinion, William Boyd is probably the finest living British writer … indeed, perhaps the finest living writer from anywhere, and this novel is a worthy addition to his canon. He seems capable of taking on any genre and in his previous works has served up intricate espionage thrillers (Restless or Waiting for Sunrise), bildungsroman works (The New Confessions), or often hilarious comedies such as A Good man in Africa or Stars and Bars. He has also excelled in the pseudo biography, such as S ...more

  • Michael Cayley

    An engrossing novel by one of the best living novelists.

    It is the tale of a Scottish piano-tuner, Brodie Moncur, son of a brutal alcoholic church minister, who is sent by his employer to Paris, where he meets the love of his life, a Russian singer living with a virtuoso Irish pianist, John Kilbarron. As Brodie’s life takes him on to Russia, other parts of France, elsewhere in Europe and finally the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Indian Ocean, we see the role that chance plays in it and the d
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