Vienna Nocturne

A Novel

Shotwell, Vivien

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Vienna Nocturne
"Vienna Nocturne tells the story of the turbulent life and brilliantly successful career of young British opera singer Anna Storace, a child prodigy who is taken by her parents to Italy at age thirteen to advance her career. In love with life and wildly ambitious, Anna wants everything--to be famous, to be loved--and this leads her to make some fatal choices. We watch her turn from a carefree young girl to a passionate young woman, and it is during this transformation that her affair with Mozart blossoms"-- Provided by publisher.

Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0345536371
Branch Call Number: FICTION SHOTWELL 2014
Characteristics: 289 pages ;,25 cm


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"A deeply moving debut novel that brings to life two extraordinary figures--a thirty-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a young English soprano, Anna Storace, who was his muse--in prose as spirited, timeless, and touching as Mozart's greatest compositions."

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May 28, 2014
  • KarenW rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

For someone who loves music and especially Mozart, I was really looking forward to this novel. Disappointingly, it did not live up to my expectations. As a historical novel it falls flat on the details, which is what I love about historical fiction. And as a romance, it lacks passion. What it gives instead is a bland portrayal of a time period that is full of color and exuberance that should ultimately shine through. The author seems to have that in her own love of music, she just cannot share that with her reader.


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