The Music Room

The Music Room

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WW Norton
William Fiennes spent his childhood in a moated castle, the perfect environment for a child with a brimming imagination. It is a house alive with history, beauty, and mystery, but the young boy growing up in it is equally in awe of his brother Richard. Eleven years older and a magnetic presence, Richard suffers from severe epilepsy. His illness influences the rhythms of the family and the house’s internal life, and his story inspires a journey, interwoven with a loving recollection, toward an understanding of the mind. This is a song of home, of an adored brother and the miracle of consciousness. The chill of dark historical places coexists with the warmth and chatter of the family kitchen; the surrounding landscapes are distinguished by ancient trees, secret haunts, the moat’s depths and temptations. Bursting with tender detail, The Music Room is a sensuous tribute to place, memory, and the permanence of love.

Baker & Taylor
Describes the author's childhood in an ancient family home with an epileptic older brother whose illness influenced the rhythm of the family's life, in an account that explores such topics as consciousness and the sensory existence of indoor and outdoor life.

Norton Pub
A bittersweet description of an ancient family house in an enchanted setting, and of growing up with a damaged brother.
William Fiennes spent his childhood in a moated castle, the perfect environment for a child with a brimming imagination. It is a house alive with history, beauty, and mystery, but the young boy growing up in it is equally in awe of his brother Richard. Eleven years older and a magnetic presence, Richard suffers from severe epilepsy. His illness influences the rhythms of the family and the house’s internal life, and his story inspires a journey, interwoven with a loving recollection, toward an understanding of the mind.This is a song of home, of an adored brother and the miracle of consciousness. The chill of dark historical places coexists with the warmth and chatter of the family kitchen; the surrounding landscapes are distinguished by ancient trees, secret haunts, the moat’s depths and temptations. Bursting with tender detail, The Music Room is a sensuous tribute to place, memory, and the permanence of love.

Book News
British writer Fiennes recalls his childhood in a castle, pivoting, like the family's life, on his epileptic much older brother and the wonders of a mind that worked a little differently than anyone else's. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
William Fiennes spent his childhood in a moated castle, the perfect environment for a child with a brimming imagination. It is a house alive with history, beauty, and mystery, but the young boy growing up in it is equally in awe of his brother Richard. Eleven years older and a magnetic presence, Richard suffers from severe epilepsy. His mind influences the rhythms of the family and the house's internal life, and his story inspires a journey, interwoven with a loving recollection, toward an understanding of the mind.
This is a song of home, of an adored brother and of the miracle of consciousness. The chill of dark historical places coexists with the warmth and chatter of the family kitchen; the surrounding landscapes are distinguished by ancient trees, secret haunts, the moat's depths and temptations. Bursting with tender detail, The Music Room is a sensuous tribute to place, memory, and the permanence of love.

Baker
& Taylor

Describes the author's childhood in an ancient, moat-surrounded family home with an epileptic older brother whose illness influenced the rhythm of the family's life, in an account that explores such topics as consciousness and the sensory existence of indoor and outdoor life. By the Somerset Maugham-winning author of Snow Geese.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2009
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780393072587
0393072584
Branch Call Number: 942.5708 FIENN FIENN
Characteristics: 215 pages ; 22 cm

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