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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Press; Reissue edition (July 1 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0939149699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0939149698
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,563,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this delightful novel, which won a Whitbread Prize in 1989, James Hamilton-Paterson joins celebrated British composer Edward Elgar on a cruise on the Amazon River and imagines what artists of the time may have pondered. "Oh Edward what a stupid doltish ass you've been to waste your life on the idea that art--in its small way--can make the least difference to things," he imagines Elgar as commenting. The book isn't merely a collection of questioning ruminations; the cruise is filled with a variety of comical and interesting passengers and crew members.

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This brillant winner of England's Whitbread Prize fictionalizes a documented but uncharacteristic Amazon cruise taken by celebrated British composer Edward Elgar.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Wistful, poignant and beautifully written, this is a touching and elegaic novel. Blending fact with imaginary events, Hamilton Paterson takes an extraordinary, but true, event from Elgar's life and constructs around it a simple but fabulous narrative about a man at a creative crisis. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa881f7b0) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa86555e8) out of 5 stars Nuance and compassion in imaginary Elgar biography July 25 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Music lovers as well as those who enjoy fine writing will find Hamilton-Paterson's imaginary account of a voyage up the Amazon by Edward Elgar not only entertaining and thought-provoking, but also ultimately very revealing of the contradictions and conflicts in Elgar's character. Hamilton-Paterson's research has been as thorough as his sympathy for his protagonist is obviously deep. This novel won the Whitbread prize for best first fiction
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa865c0f0) out of 5 stars Gerontius May 15 2001
By Bernard Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wistful, poignant and beautifully written, this is a touching and elegaic novel. Blending fact with imaginary events, Hamilton Paterson takes an extraordinary, but true, event from Elgar's life and constructs around it a simple but fabulous narrative about a man at a creative crisis. Thoroughly enjoyable.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8659168) out of 5 stars Skip first 13 pages Feb. 20 2005
By CXC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The initial section of this book has nothing to do with the plot and is very portentious and incomprehensible. Both I and my wife found it off-puting. However, starting on page 13, this is a superb, beautiful, and thought-provoking novel that I recommend unhesitatingly.
HASH(0xa86602c4) out of 5 stars Read about Elgar's trip to the Amazon and the surprise he found there. April 8 2016
By Elizabeth Arnott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is such a fascinating story about Edward Elgar in his later years, who traveled by ship across the Atlantic from England to the Amazon. Beautifully written, with obviously much knowledge about the life of one of England's greatest composers, it is a great read from start to finish.
HASH(0xa86605d0) out of 5 stars Travel with Elgar June 17 2016
By Ethyl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An imaginary trip taken by Elgar up the Amazon.


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