By Julie Thomas
Beautiful and mysterious, The Keeper of Secrets by way of Julie Thomas follows a helpful violin throughout generations—from WWII to Stalinist Russia to the gilded foreign live performance halls of today—and unearths the loss, love, and secrets and techniques of the households who owned it.
In 1939 Berlin, 14-year-old Simon Horowitz’s international is stirred by way of his father's 1742 Guarneri del Gesu violin. whilst Nazis march throughout Europe and Simon is distributed to Dachau, he reveals unforeseen kindness, and an opportunity to live.
In the current day, orchestra conductor Rafael Gomez reveals himself encouraged by means of Daniel Horowitz, a 14-year-old violin virtuoso who refuses to play. while Rafael learns that the boy's kin as soon as owned a worthy violin believed to were misplaced endlessly, Rafael seizes the facility of historical past and discovers a kinfolk tale like no other.
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Title. 92舒dc22ŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠŠ2010033472 ISBN 978-1-4391-5278-2 ISBN 978-1-4391-9934-3 (ebook) For Kim Wilkins, who encouraged me to start; and Darin Patterson, who was with me to the last full stop CONTENTS Š PART ONE PART TWO PART THREE PART FOUR PART FIVE Acknowledgments Hush 舰 Can you hear him? The trees can. They are the first to know that he is coming. Listen! The trees of the deep, dark wood, shivering and jittering their leaves like papery hulls of beaten silver; the sly wind, snaking through their tops, whispering that soon it will begin.
Before her eyes, he changes. She sees through the layers of mud, through the generations of darkness and rage and sorrow, to the human face beneath. A young man舗s face. A forgotten face. A face of such longing and sadness and beauty; and she reaches, unthinking, to unlock the window. To bring him in from the rain. Raymond Blythe, The True History of the Mud Man, Prologue PART ONE Š A LOST LETTER FINDS ITS WAY Š 1992 IT started with a letter. A letter that had been lost a long time, waiting out half a century in a forgotten postal bag in the dim attic of a nondescript house in Bermondsey.
The first child of Robert and Athena Blythe, he was named for his paternal grandfather, whose fortune was made in the goldfields of Canada. Raymond was the eldest of four brothers, the youngest of whom, Timothy, died tragically during a violent storm in 1876. Athena Blythe, a poetess of some note, was heartbroken by her youngest son舗s death and is said to have descended, soon after the boy was laid to rest, into a black depression from which there would be no return.