Dead People's Music (2020)

Dead People's Music Sarah Laing Dead People s Music Wellingtonian Rebecca in New York City on her big Overseas Experience investigates her Jewish refugee heritage Great descriptions of neurotic Americans seen through the eyes of a NZer Bit shocking to
  • Title: Dead People's Music
  • Author: Sarah Laing
  • ISBN: 9781869791087
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
Dead People's Music Sarah Laing Wellingtonian Rebecca in New York City on her big Overseas Experience investigates her Jewish refugee heritage Great descriptions of neurotic Americans seen through the eyes of a NZer Bit shocking to hear one character description NZ as located at the arse end of the world.
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  1. Jess

    Excellent read I really enjoyed the multi generational journey Laing took me on I do wonder how much sense some of the flashbacks would make to a reader unfamiliar with Wellington, but overall it wasn t bogged down with Kiwi specific slang that would confuse international readers It was also pleasant to see two random references to my hometown of Pittsburgh in a novel largely about Wellington NYC.My only word of warning is there are a lot of needles and finger pricking in this book as the main c [...]

  2. Kathleen Dixon

    The author was coming to do an evening at the bookshop I work part time in I d seen her books on our shelves but, you know what it s like, despite saying that no I hadn t read her yet but yes I wanted to, that s as far as I d got Obviously, the but needed to be remedied So I went on a Sarah Laing blitz and read all but her latest The Fall of Light in the week leading up to the do.This book moves along in three concurrent timeframes There s Rebecca of now, going with her partner, Toby, to New Yor [...]

  3. Alumine Andrew

    This book took me by surprise I m not sure what I was expecting but it certainly delivered a great read The story is well structured and is told in three voices young Rebecca in Wellington, New Zealand, Rebecca a bit older in New York and Rebecca s grandmother Karla in New York and New Zealand from the 1930 s onwards.Rebecca is a gifted cellist who wants to become a concert performer She struggles with diabetes and the usual teenage angst as she trains and sits exams to study in London London is [...]

  4. Bianca

    In Sarah Laing s lovely, subtle and compelling first novel after a well received book of short stories two women in different eras take mirroring journeys Cellist Rebecca takes her boyfriend and punk musician dreams to modern day New York, where she hopes to track down her great aunt, Esther In the past, Esther s sister Klara, also a cellist, swaps a budding career in New York for marriage and motherhood in culturally barren 1950s New Zealand Laing is a wonderful and assured prose stylist and is [...]

  5. Emma Makes

    I loved Sarah Laing s first novel it trotted a long at a good pace, was written in an illustrative style that was descriptive and colourful and held my attention throughout.I m a similar age to the main character so the references to things we used to do say think in primary school especially, but in other times throughout the book, made a strong connection and had me laughing out loud at times.My problem was that while I thoroughly enjoyed the story, I had an issue not picturing Sarah herself a [...]

  6. Vicky

    Okay story but didn t grab me as much as I thought it would I m into music and history and thought this would be a winning formula but it was about the everyday life of female protagonist whose personality didn t engage me than either music or history.

  7. Mripma

    Honest and sometimes startling flashbacks to Wellington high school days and New York City life during the grandmother s flight from the Holocaust and the OE experiences of a likeable young NZer.

  8. Bettynz

    Excellent book I really enjoyed the flick between now and 9 or so years before with the main character, and also between her and her grandmother Set in Wellington and New York

  9. Chani

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book It s rare for an author to be able to write a book about nothing but still get away with it I don t mean that as an insult But I was a bit disappointed when all the questions that we are told will get answered aren t addressed until the last 20 pages I was taken on a journey a lovely one at that but there is no satisfaction and really no reason to have learned about these people s lives But I guess they wouldn t have been able to sell it if they we [...]

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