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The Novel In The Viola

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It's the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna Nineteen year old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to be. I've just turned the last page and I am buzzing with the particular ache that you get when you finish a great book and you suddenly wish the whole world had read it so they'd understand The Novel in the Viola is in short spectacular The language the intricate characters that grow and grow and grow and the story itself that says what it has to say and says it simply and elegantly it is a masterpiece At its core The Novel in the Viola is just a story about a girl that loves and loses and loves and loses and it is a story that drags you in A true gem

characters ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Natasha Solomons

Come a parlor maid in England She arrives at Tyneford the great house on the bay where servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn But war is coming and the. I very much enjoyed this It's imperfect sure the author is a little obsessed with foreshadowing to such a degree that almost nothing is a surprise but it has the most beautiful sense of place Tyneford is lovely and it's not just the description of the town but the characters within it I see a lot of people complaining that this is NOT Downton Abbey esue as the jacketmarketing promised and I guess it isn't in the upstairsdownstairs sense but I thought this did a beautiful job of outlining how the wars impacted that lifestyle something Downton touched on a great deal in season 2 albeit with WWI and maybe season three I know tiny violins and all but I think both illustrate the old money can't buy you happiness adageYou know as I'm writing this I bumped it up from three to four stars based purely on my enjoyment I don't want to raise expectations this isn't great literature or even the best book I've ever read but it was a nice little treasure that I enjoyed very very much and a place I looked forward to visiting every night Don't miss the author's afterword about the influence her own family had on the story Night Dogs the great house on Bridges of Madison County the bay where servants polish silver and serve drinks on Cities of the Red Night the lawn But war is coming and The Odin Mission (Sergeant Jack Tanner, the. I very much enjoyed The Odin Mission this It's imperfect sure Torpedo Run the author is a little obsessed with foreshadowing Krishna: The Beautiful Legend of God: (Srimad Bhagavata Purana Book X) to such a degree The Third Parent that almost nothing is a surprise but it has The Girls in the Picture the most beautiful sense of place Tyneford is lovely and it's not just Çanlar Kimin İçin Çalıyor the description of His Boy Next Door: Season Three the Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat town but Gron's Fated the characters within it I see a lot of people complaining The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America that The Mortal Word this is NOT Downton Abbey esue as Harbor Me the jacketmarketing promised and I guess it isn't in The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert the upstairsdownstairs sense but I Teach Yourself Arabic thought The Last Queen of Sheba this did a beautiful job of outlining how The Last Queen of Sheba the wars impacted Not Your Nest! that lifestyle something Downton Global Forensic Cultures: Making Fact and Justice in the Modern Era touched on a great deal in season 2 albeit with WWI and maybe season Using Artificial Intelligence in Marketing: How to Harness AI and Maintain the Competitive Edge three I know The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent tiny violins and all but I Cracking The Code: My Journey To Bollywood think both illustrate Baby-Led Weaning, Completely Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition: The Essential Guide—How to Introduce Solid Foods and Help Your Baby to Grow Up a Happy and Confident Eater the old money can't buy you happiness adageYou know as I'm writing Black Reign Saga this I bumped it up from Captured by the Alien Savage three Bayou Bad Boys to four stars based purely on my enjoyment I don't want Bayou Bad Boys to raise expectations Just the Way You Are this isn't great literature or even The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century the best book I've ever read but it was a nice little Our Gandhi: Child of Fear to Man of Freedom treasure Driven To Murder that I enjoyed very very much and a place I looked forward Driven To Murder to visiting every night Don't miss Beg for Mercy the author's afterword about Jack-in-the-Box the influence her own family had on Wojna polsko-jaruzelska: stan wojenny w Polsce 13 XII 1981-22 VII 1983 the story

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World is changing When the master of Tyneford's young son Kit returns home he and Elise strike up an unlikely friendship that will transform Tyneford and Elise forev. I loved The Novel in the ViolaIt is one of those books in which everything – characters emotions settings writing period storylines – is right And everything works together beautifully to produce a book that is far than the sum of those partsAt heart though The Novel in the Viola is the story of a life The life of Elise younger daughter of Anna and Julian Landau Opera singer and novelist respectively Elise worries that she is not as talented as her sister Margot but that casts just a very small shadow on a wonderful life Because Elise is loved and because she loves her family she is happy and she is secureBut the year is 1938 The Landaus live in Austria in Vienna And they are JewishAnna and Julian realise that their family is at risk and take steps to flee Margot and her husband secure American visas and they hope that they will be able to do the same But they know that they will not be able to secure a visa for Elise and so she writes an advertisement VIENNESE JEWESS 19 seeks position as domestic servant Speaks fluid English I will cook your goose Elise Landau Vienna 4 Dorotheegassee 305A position is secured and Elise is despatched to London A temporary arrangement to keep her safe until things change until the family can be reunitedElise her family her world were alive for me and I felt her sorrow as she was separated from them I admired her character as she coped with the journey the things she had to do in London I empathised with her as she worried about making her money last as she devoured the chocolate her sister tucked into her luggage as she struggled to cope with the separation from her family and her homeOr to put it simply I grew to love EliseShe becomes a parlour maid at Tyneford House on the Dorset coast During her life there she will experience both love and loss She will make friends and grow to love the house and the surrounding countryside But she will also suffer slights and setbacks as she tries to find her place in the world and reunite her familyThe slights come because Elise doesn’t uite fit She plays the part of a parlour maid but she comes from the world of the family The butler observes that after Elise Tyneford would never be the same again and he is right for reasons than he knowsIt would love to write about so many wonderful details characters and events but I mustn’t This is a book that needs to unravel slowly so that you can watch over Elise as her life progressesThe settings from Vienna to London to Dorset are wonderfully painted and the sense of period and the point in history too are never lost The characters and their relationships are fully and beautifully drawn I believed in them utterlyThat meant that I was completely involved as Tyneford House and its occupants faced both war and the end of an era Things would never be the same againI knew that I had the benefit of hindsight and that made the story so much movingIt was such a wonderful story so beautifully written and with such a range of emotions I think I felt every emotion that a book can inspire before I reached the endThat end came uickly Maybe a little too uickly though it might have been that I just didn’t want to leave Elise and her world It was unexpected and yet completely right and it was given extra poignancy by the very real events that it mirroredA few small things didn’t uite workMaybe a few too many nice understanding characters One or two modern idioms slipped in And the story of the actual novel in the actual viola didn’t uite work for meBut they were small things and I could happily let them pass by because the many delights of this novel made them seem unimportantAnd because The Novel in the Viola really is a book that can touch your heart if you only let itAnd as I said I loved it


10 thoughts on “The Novel In The Viola

  1. says:

    I've just turned the last page and I am buzzing with the particular ache that you get when you finish a great book and you suddenly wish the whole world had read it so they'd understand The Novel in the Viola is in short spectacular The language the intricate characters that grow and grow and grow and the story itself that says what it has to say and says it simply and elegantly it is a masterpiece At its core The Novel in the Viola is just a story about a girl that loves and loses and loves and loses and it is a story that drags you in A true gem


  2. says:

    AudiobookThis might take a while My damage with this book beginning with the most egregious issues1 The main character Elise is absolutely unlikable Her own family kind of doesn't like her and it's not in that heart wrenching Jacob Have I Loved way where you feel like shaking them and yelling she's better than the lot of you you idiots No I don't blame them for not liking her She whines about her lack of musical talent in an exceptionally musical family She calls her parents by their first names sorry I never got over that not through the whole book She doesn't like her sister and then is surprised that her sister doesn't like herOutside of her family Elise continues to be unlikable I felt like all she ever did was shriek at other people and expect them to help her and save her and love her when she had done nothing to deserve it For example her only chance at getting out of soon to be German occupied Austria is to sign on as a housemaid at an estate in England Her Austrian housekeeper gives her a treasured English language housekeeping manual in the hopes that it will help Elise learn both the language and some essential housekeeping skills If I were her and my physical safety and well being depended on my being able to hold down a job in England you can be dang sure I would be reading that book every single night until I had it memorized Elise though? She just tosses it aside Whatevs no biggie She is both stupid AND lazy UGH2 The two central relationships in this book fall flat flat flat With all her shrieking and being stupid and lazy I could never figure out her feelings regarding Kit She was always wavering and stuttering and tripping over her poor English grammar and as a result I never knew if I was supposed to be rooting for her or not I get the idea of understated affection but yeesh this was like dealing with an annoyingly passive aggressive friend who expected you to figure out her every whim and emotion just by reading into her sulky moods3 Not once but TWICE in this book people declare that someone else is dead without having any evidence whatsoever that this is so They just know it or feel it Not good enough book4 On the other hand sometimes people in this book just know something good is going to happen or feel it against humongous piles of evidence to the contrary Humongous Piles Of evidence5 Sometimes things in this book that were written on the page were not actually happening This got really annoying really fast6 Can someone please explain to me what was with the novel in the viola? The author herself seems unable to do so I do not understand a why Margot was so upset about it; and b how the pages came to be blank?7 The descriptions of the English countryside were lovely They really were But there were far far too many of them The action of this book moved in fits and starts something relevant would happen and then paaaaaaages of nothing Repeat repeat repeat8 Finally I found this book to be very predictable From the first time a certain two people met I knew exactly what was going to happenLook some of these issues might be because I listened to it as an audiobook Sometimes I get frustrated with audiobooks because they move very slowly when I could be reading the book much uicker So this book tried my patience in its audio format than it would have in print Still though


  3. says:

    Spoiler alert I loved this book the characters the time period everything I fell in love with Elise and Kit The ending was a bit disappointing though I feel like the author had written such a detailed book and then she got to the end and rushed it The ending just seemed a bit vague and I'm not sure how much I liked Elise marrying Daniel The whole time I was reading the end I was trying to put myself in Elise's shoes but I just couldn't I know I could never marry the love of my life's father Haha To tell you the truth up until they had to move away I was really hoping that Kit would come back into the story I was hoping he had disappeared for so long because he was out finding Elise's parents such the optimist Even if he never found them or at least found some information about them I would've liked it if he came back and married Elise I loved when Elise and Margot were reunited in the end but by 1984 wasn't Daniel REALLY old? Haha That kind of threw me off a bit But overall I loved the book and fell in love with the characters and the house


  4. says:

    I very much enjoyed this It's imperfect sure the author is a little obsessed with foreshadowing to such a degree that almost nothing is a surprise but it has the most beautiful sense of place Tyneford is lovely and it's not just the description of the town but the characters within it I see a lot of people complaining that this is NOT Downton Abbey esue as the jacketmarketing promised and I guess it isn't in the upstairsdownstairs sense but I thought this did a beautiful job of outlining how the wars impacted that lifestyle something Downton touched on a great deal in season 2 albeit with WWI and maybe season three? I know tiny violins and all but I think both illustrate the old money can't buy you happiness adageYou know as I'm writing this I bumped it up from three to four stars based purely on my enjoyment I don't want to raise expectations this isn't great literature or even the best book I've ever read but it was a nice little treasure that I enjoyed very very much and a place I looked forward to visiting every night Don't miss the author's afterword about the influence her own family had on the story


  5. says:

    I loved the detailed writing in this book I could feel the cold and hear the waves crashing I felt like I was at Tyneford House I did not like the ending though I was a little disappointed I will read by this writer though her descriptions of the scenery were beautiful


  6. says:

    This book is one of the ones where I can't decide whether to rush through the book to find out what happens vs wanting to read slowly so the book and the fictional world inside it never end Set in Europe in the days leading up to during WWII the book follows Elise the teenage daughter of upper middle class cosmopolitan Jews living in ViennaOh no Jews in Austria you know it can't end wellElise manages to get a work visa to Britain where she works as a servant The majority of the novel occurs at the great house where she goes to work The author does an amazing job describing the house all that it entails the servants surrounding village etc Very Downton AbbeyI actually kept imagining the butler in this story as Carson Whereas Downton Abbey explores the beginning of the end for that way of life The House at Tyneford is all about the final death knell of Britain's great houses The lack of money for the house's upkeep the lack of servants why scrap grovel as a scullery maid when you can have an exciting Rosie the Riveter lifestyle? and the blurring of class boundariesElise is the classic fish out of water neither the servants or the family can accept her for one of their own But as the story progresses really all the characters experience a sort of fish out of the water moment Can you still be part of the upper class landed gentry without the land or house? if your whole life has been devoted to being in service what are you once you are no longer a servant? Village boys go off to war village girls off to either the military of the factory everything is in flux not just Elise I don't want to say for fear of spoilers so I won't Just go read this book


  7. says:

    Why would I give this seemingly well written novel only 1 star? The heroine deserved to be written correctly for her timeI love reading CLEAN and HIGH STANDARD moral novels I ENJOYED the over all story but was so disgusted in the eventual trashiness of the heroine When this AUTHOR took the key heroine of the story and had her SCREAM aloud every filthy word she could express during a low point of her lifeI thought WHAT in the world is this author thinking? The heroine was reared with a high moral standingof yesteryearbut then the author ends up bringing the character Elise down to the level of TODAY'S worldly standard for women I don't buy it There is no way that a high bred woman out of Austria would have stooped to this level of speaking the f word and many other degrading termsWhy in the world was that even necessary? There was NO REASON to degrade the morals of this woman to having pre marital sex in the end? WHY? I am not naive enough to believe it didn't happen in those daysbut really? It didn't FIT at all with the character of the story I could never recommend this novel Very disappointingBy the wayThe f word was written into the book many timesespecially towards the end Again TODAY'S worldly standardNOT back thenIt could have been a nearly 3 4 star rating but the author destroyed its creditability


  8. says:

    I loved The Novel in the ViolaIt is one of those books in which everything – characters emotions settings writing period storylines – is right And everything works together beautifully to produce a book that is far than the sum of those partsAt heart though The Novel in the Viola is the story of a life The life of Elise younger daughter of Anna and Julian Landau Opera singer and novelist respectively Elise worries that she is not as talented as her sister Margot but that casts just a very small shadow on a wonderful life Because Elise is loved and because she loves her family she is happy and she is secureBut the year is 1938 The Landaus live in Austria in Vienna And they are JewishAnna and Julian realise that their family is at risk and take steps to flee Margot and her husband secure American visas and they hope that they will be able to do the same But they know that they will not be able to secure a visa for Elise and so she writes an advertisement VIENNESE JEWESS 19 seeks position as domestic servant Speaks fluid English I will cook your goose Elise Landau Vienna 4 Dorotheegassee 305A position is secured and Elise is despatched to London A temporary arrangement to keep her safe until things change until the family can be reunitedElise her family her world were alive for me and I felt her sorrow as she was separated from them I admired her character as she coped with the journey the things she had to do in London I empathised with her as she worried about making her money last as she devoured the chocolate her sister tucked into her luggage as she struggled to cope with the separation from her family and her homeOr to put it simply I grew to love EliseShe becomes a parlour maid at Tyneford House on the Dorset coast During her life there she will experience both love and loss She will make friends and grow to love the house and the surrounding countryside But she will also suffer slights and setbacks as she tries to find her place in the world and reunite her familyThe slights come because Elise doesn’t uite fit She plays the part of a parlour maid but she comes from the world of the family The butler observes that after Elise Tyneford would never be the same again and he is right for reasons than he knowsIt would love to write about so many wonderful details characters and events but I mustn’t This is a book that needs to unravel slowly so that you can watch over Elise as her life progressesThe settings from Vienna to London to Dorset are wonderfully painted and the sense of period and the point in history too are never lost The characters and their relationships are fully and beautifully drawn I believed in them utterlyThat meant that I was completely involved as Tyneford House and its occupants faced both war and the end of an era Things would never be the same againI knew that I had the benefit of hindsight and that made the story so much movingIt was such a wonderful story so beautifully written and with such a range of emotions I think I felt every emotion that a book can inspire before I reached the endThat end came uickly Maybe a little too uickly though it might have been that I just didn’t want to leave Elise and her world It was unexpected and yet completely right and it was given extra poignancy by the very real events that it mirroredA few small things didn’t uite workMaybe a few too many nice understanding characters One or two modern idioms slipped in And the story of the actual novel in the actual viola didn’t uite work for meBut they were small things and I could happily let them pass by because the many delights of this novel made them seem unimportantAnd because The Novel in the Viola really is a book that can touch your heart if you only let itAnd as I said I loved it


  9. says:

    Book Review The House at Tyneford by Natasha SolomonConfession I was in one of my favorite bookstores Denver’s The Tattered Cover AKA A piece of heaven One of the things that I like about the Tattered Cover is that it always has interesting displays that piue my interest—even if the display is on a subject that is not usually of interest to me So when I saw the display of books that said “If you loved Downton Abbey you’ll love these” or something like that I was there I loved Downton Abbey despite the fact that my brother and sister in law accuse it of being boring That doesn’t hurt me My brother rarely likes what he calls “good books His denigration actually makes me want to read or watch something than I otherwise would have Maybe I’m just contrary ProbablyAnyway I was ready to devour Natasha Solomon’s novel about a Jewish girl from the Austrian bourgeoisie set who takes a job as a maid in 1938 She makes her way across the sea to a remote part of England and tries to make herself at home in the “downstairs” section of an English country manor She finds this difficult having ordered around servants herself at one time I don’t want to give away too many details but I did enjoy this world It literally portrays the fall of the minor English aristocracy The book is full of dark shadows juxtaposed with the last pulse of light from an era that has been slowly expiring for the last three decades I love Solomon’s characters Elise is likable even when she pouts Kit is intense in his boyish playfulness but has an unwavering dedication to duty The Landaus were the most interesting couple of the story; she an opera singer he a novelist I would have liked to have spent time with them in Austria I liked the novel very much but for me it was not like “Downton Abbey If I were to compare this to a novel I would say that in some ways it reminded me of Daphne DuMaurier’s “Rebecca but only nominally This is not a mystery but it is a memoir; both books open with a dream of a grand old manorThere is not that strict delineation between aristocracy and the house that is usually seen Not because of the way they relate to each other but because of the way Solomon tells her story This is a grand house but even in the beginning the staff seems very small The story focuses on just three people and the thing that I liked about Downton Abbey is the nature of it ensemble cast That said I would recommend this story to anyone interested in the beginning of WWII and the plight of the Jewish refugees at that time The story took me in and wrapped around me The families surrounded me and I became a part of them Solomon’s talent in doing that is tremendous indeed


  10. says:

    In general I'd say it was a disappointment mainly because the story was highly predictable and not original in its set up at all The gist of this story has been written before much better and enthralling Think Jane Eyre for exampleThe protagonist EliseAlice is an omniscient narrator who gives away clues about events that will take place 100 pages later in such a way that even a mildly experienced reader knows exactly what's going to happen The three main events that carry the story were all three clear to me after about 80 pages Why?? Why does the author break up the story and take away every dynamic within the story by making it so utterly and irritatingly predictable? It beats meThe only reason I continued to read scan the book is because I warmed to the characters and enjoyed the ample descriptions of the beautiful English countryside Not a book I would recommend to anyone though it redeemed itself a little thanks to the beautiful surroundings the story was set in


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