The Soloist

The Soloist

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
Renne Sundheimer, a thirty-six-year-old former cello prodigy, instructs a young Korean cellist and serves on a jury with a beautiful woman named Maria-Theresa, and he finds romance and a renewed sense of purpose

Blackwell North Amer
"I'll be thirty-six years old this spring, which is young for a retired concert soloist, but old for a virgin. I started out as a musical prodigy...."
So begins the third paragraph of the opening chapter of this incandescent novel. As an adolescent, Renne Sundheimer had the musical world at his feet; hailed as potentially the greatest cellist who ever lived, he toured the world's concert halls, basking in the adoration of his fans and the admiration of the critics. Then suddenly, at the age of eighteen, his gift deserted him, and for the last fifteen years he has made his living as a cello teacher at a large university in Southern California, practicing five or six hours a day in the hope that his gift will return.
Suddenly Renne's life is altered radically by two disparate events: receiving a summons to jury duty, where he unwillingly becomes a juror in a murder trial for the brutal killing of a Buddhist monk; and becoming the teacher of another cello prodigy, an unprepossessing nine-year-old Korean boy whose brilliant talent, potential and musicianship remind Renne of his own past.
The Soloist is an extraordinary achievement, and one that Random House feels privileged to publish.

Baker
& Taylor

Renne Sundheimer, a thirty-six-year-old former cello prodigy, instructs a young Korean cellist and serves on a jury with a beautiful woman named Maria-Theresa, and he finds romance and a renewed sense of purpose. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1994.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780394570105
0394570103
Branch Call Number: SAL
Characteristics: xi, 284 p. ; 20 cm.

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Jan 23, 2010

Beautifully written. Takes you into the life of a former child prodigy as he struggles with his own issues brought to the surface by a new prodigious student and by having to sit on a jury for a murder case. Makes you feel every twinge of sadness, flutter of infatuation, unsavory taste of disappointment, and intimate moment of bliss that he goes through. May not be a good read for those who do not like slightly awkward, pensive, introspective lead characters - ie if you prefer a strong, confident and decisive lead character.

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