[bksvol-discuss] Evening in the Palace of Reason approved!
- From: "Estelnalissi" <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 14:43:46 -0500
If you enjoy history, classical music, biography or meeting unique
characters, you might consider reading Evening in the Palace of Reason by
James R. Gaines which I uploaded yesterday with indispensable, patient help
from Gerald. It was approved today! Thank you Staff!!!
Here's a copy of the short synopsis.
Frederick The Great had a conflicted youth. His mother taught him to love
art, luxury and intrigue. His father beat him mercilessly and often as he
trained his son to be a dedicated leader and warrior. Bach knew and was
fulfilled by his lifelong career as a brilliant composer and performer,
though he often felt that he was underpaid and that the work he so loved
wasn't appreciated. This historic novel illuminates the motives and goals of
these major figures in the age of enlightenment. Fascinating and challenging
facts about music and history abound. The novel is followed by a discography
guiding the reader to J. S. Bach's recordings.
end of synopsis
Usually, though I'm interested in the topic of a nonfiction book, I surprise
myself by losing interest about a third of the way through the book. Not so
with Palace of Reason. The information about these men, Bach who made music
and Frederick who made laws and war and changed the map of Europe during the
age of enlightenment, the early 18th century, was so detailed and personal I
felt strong compassion and admiration for them. Grumpy Bach, extremely
fertile as a father and composer believed his music was meaningful,
worshipful and beautiful and it still is. Frederick was both pampered and
abused. Like his sometimes mad father, he had odd quirks, habbits both
courtly and crude, He enlarged Prussia and improved the lives of his
subjects. Thousands of them died in the battles he led. He had a sharp but
moody intellect and was both generous to and cruel to the artists and thinks
he admired most including writers like Voltaire and composers like Bach,
Telemann, and one of Bach's sons. Frederick worked at leading Prussia until
the end of his days but endured many years of deteriorating health and
respect from other world leaders and dignitaries and his subjects and died
unloved and unloving.
Speaking as a volunteer, having just skimmed the html download of this book,
I'm proud of the work I did based on a fine scan submission. I see areas
where I can improve, places where my being over caughtious caused some
repetition of page numbers, but all of the page numbers paragraphs, and
chapter names are there. I may have missed a few text glitches, but I think
your read will be smooth and the errors won't cause you to drop the book and
tear your hair.
Book-share has been a wonderful place for me to learn and improve my
computer skills from square one. The contradictory ideas can be confusing,
but ultimately I learn more and appreciate the work and contributions of all
Always With Love,
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