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The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
One of my reading goals
this year is to get through more of the books on my shelves with music
as a theme. When I realized I had yet to do that and it's the 4th month
of the year, I decided to start with the cheeriest cover.
Along the lines of An Equal Music or even Daisy Jones & The Six,
The Ensemble is a very readable story of a string quartet that got
together during graduate pursuit of music and how their relationships
change over the years while still in the quartet. I loved that the
author included specific works for each section, because obviously it's
more enjoyable to listen to those pieces while reading. I felt some
resonance with some of the ways musicians can be highly tuned in to one
another and not be in a romantic relationship, but to people outside the
group it has the same kind of vibe (I spent my undergraduate years in
practice rooms by myself or accompanying others.)
writing is straightforward but it leans on some overdone sentiments and
it's too obvious when the author stops to try to say something poetic.
But I would read her next book.
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