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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (April 8 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345813324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345813329
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kit malo on May 15 2014
Format: Paperback
This novel manages to dance on the wire between sentimental and distant in a way that is compellingly unique, all the while carving out an impression of a very confused and fascinating time in both the United States and what was then the Soviet Union.

Based on Michaels' articulate, expansive, distilled and discreet (yes, all are possible at this feast!) telling of the story of Lev Theremin, I have now gone on to begin books on Soviet Gulags and other historical elements of this era. His storytelling is just that damn good - it opens up an entire landscape that calls to be discovered long after the last notes of his book play out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth in Ottawa on June 29 2014
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What a wonderful book. I was immediately drawn into the story, and wanted to learn more about this mysterious theremin, about which I knew nothing. Although Termen was famous in his own right, having him tell his own story made him seem much more ordinary - which made what he did and what he lived through seem so much more extraordinary. The author took me through historical times and places that were at times exhilarating, emotional, enlightening and always entertaining. Sean Michaels has a way with words that compelled me to reread several passages because I loved the way the words flowed and the images they created. I'm already anxious to see what his second novel will bring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Sherman on May 15 2014
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A true pleasure to read! I couldn't put it down. Us Conductor renders the world of early 20th century New York and Russia wonderfully, and creates a truly brilliant character in Leon Theremin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Lamothe on June 26 2014
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Sean Michaels has such as command of his writing style that you'd never know this was his first novel. Written in the first person, the story follows a slightly fictionalized version of inventor Leon Theremin's fascinating life and journey overseas to America. Themes of creativity, freedom, love, hardship, a love of music and the unrelenting need for people to apply themselves permeate this novel. The best book I've read this year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Toby Harper-Merrett on May 16 2014
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Love or life? Michaels whirls away at a mind always between ideals and the impossible, and comes through with crackle and pop, if not snap.
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