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Love is Blind

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I was resting on one stars, but I decided to give two, purely because the first half of the book did in fact, intrigue me, and the writing was good. Promoted to a post at the new Paris showroom, Brodie suggests that the company widen its name recognition by giving an instrument to a famous concert pianist, which is how he comes to meet John Kilbarron, 'the Irish Liszt,' and his lovely Russian girlfriend, Lika. I found myself pulled in to this story from the very first pages but it is safe to say that when the affair reaches it's conclusion, the story takes a shocking twist after both parties look to exact their revenge on each other by different means. I read about Chekhov’s elder brothers Kolia and Alexander being alcoholics and his father being an abusive boor, and the circumstances in which Chekhov took his last drink of champagne and wonder whether that is the reason for an apparent mirroring of all these things in Love is Blind.

On the surface Love Is Blind has all the hallmarks of a slow-burning thriller—the event-packed story of a single decade in Brodie’s life . This is the first in a chain of many travels that will see Brodie living in Nice, Biarritz, Geneva, Trieste, an estate in Russia and even the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean! Considering this was my first Boyd book, this doesn't give me much faith in trying any more of his works. Complicating matters is Brodie’s tuberculosis, a constant threat that dials up the book’s tension and, along with an old-fashioned duel in St. Brodie Moncur, a young man gifted with an extraordinary accurate musical ear, but not enough talent to become a concert pianist, is a resourceful and methodical piano tuner instead.Boyd has long been a master of the technical aspects of fiction-writing, and in Love is Blind this is again in evidence: plotting, pacing and historical detail are all adroitly handled, and he succeeds in making the world of piano tuning—as well as the wider milieu of fin de siècle Europe—come alive. It is the little details that provide the hook - like the skills of a piano tuner, and virtuoso pianist. And there are sufficient historical references and instances of casual name dropping to make the whole thing feel real. I enjoyed parts of Love Is Blind, but I found a good deal of it dull and I’m not sure that it added up to much in the end. Again, I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but the past catches up to them, and in their moment of panic, Lika leaves Brodie for another man.

Like the inner workings of a finely-tuned piano, the harmony of William Boyd’s Love is Blind is the work of true craftsmanship that is sensed more than outwardly observed. I suppose there must have been a constant demand for such experts in the days prior to radio and television. Twenty years ago, at a New York party hosted by David Bowie, William Boyd launched his monograph Nat Tate: An American Artist 1928-60 about the abstract expressionist who destroyed 99 per cent of his work before committing suicide by jumping off the Staten Island ferry. Love is Blind offers a fictional historical account of the emotion, madness and heartbreak involved when you love someone who is attached to another. I never felt, either, that these were people who had grown up in the Victorian period or late nineteenth century - the way they think, speak and act feels utterly contemporary.

In the past he’s given us, for example, the fictive autobiography of John James Todd in The New Confessions; the fake journal of Logan Mountstuart in Any Human Heart; and the invented life of the artist Nat Tate, in the hoax biography of the same name.



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