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Ult man conductor of the second rate Radio Orchestra and an assortment of musicians are left behind in Leningrad to face an unendurable winter and start rehearsing the finished score of Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphon. Although uigley s writing was eminently readable and even contained moments of really uite nice writing overall the book failed to have the impact that I think it was intended to have or at least the one that I thought it would have It was enjoyable but ephemeral I didn t particularly care when I reached the end nor feel any emotion positive or negative for the charactersPartially this may have to do with unmet expectations The book takes place in the context of the German siege of Leningrad during World War II and against the starvation death and misery of that time The dust jacket blurb makes much of the fact that the book is about the titular conductor Eliasberg preparing his second rate orchestra for the task of a lifetime He is to conduct a performance of Shostakovich s Seventh Symphony a haunting defiant new piece which will be relayed by loudspeakers to the front lines Eliasberg s musicians are starving and scarcely have the strength to carry their instruments But for five freezing months the conductor stubbornly drives them onwards to perfection depriving those who falter of their bread rations Slowly the music begins to dissolve the nagging hunger the exploding streets the slow deaths but at what cost Eliasberg s relationships are strained obsession takes hold and his orchestra is growing weaker Now it s a struggle not just to perform but to stay alive This is a profoundly moving novel about the resilience of the human spirit and the emotive power of great musicExcept it s notThe book is exactly 300 pages long Eliasberg is given the order to perform the symphony on page 248 The rest of the book is less a heart tugging paean to the power of the human spirit than an oddly insubstantial narrative hung on three oddly flat main characters of which the most opaue and seemingly least important is Eliasberg None of the characters are particularly well developed In fact the three main ones can be summed up in just a few words apiece Shostakovich selfmusic absorbed fickle Nikolai depressed Eliasberg resentful inhibitedThe descriptions of Shostakovich s drive for composition are engaging and give substance to his chapters that the other two main characters lack As a result I found myself regarding him as the primary character and certainly the most interesting despite the fact that he s not supposedly the main character We re supposed to feel deeply for these characters but they are just sketches really too two dimensional to carry our emotion Combined with some glaring examples of too obvious exposition As she disappeared from sight he felt a conviction stronger than he d ever felt that one day she would be his wife As an example the whole book ends up feeling sketchy as in it s a first attempt that needs further fleshing outSo I m left with a uestion was the decision to title the book The Conductor and bill it as being all about that performance of the Seventh Symphonya a reflection of the author s original intention which was never brought to fruitionb a reflection of a focus for the narrative that is somehow too subtle for the reader to grasp orc an attempt by the publisher to disguise the fact that this is mostly a book about Shostakovich and perhaps World War II era RussiaI d like to think that the answer is a Certainly there is promise to the book and I think that given a couple hundred pages and several revision sessions uigley might have gotten there As it is it feels like white bread nice to look at but insubstantial The Complete Idiots Guide to Twitter Marketing the second rate Radio Orchestra and an assortment of musicians are left behind in Leningrad The Complete Idiots Guide to Glycemic Index Snacks to face an unendurable winter and start rehearsing Freedom Hospital the finished score of Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphon. 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In June 1941 Nazi troops march on Leningrad and surround it Hitler's plan is to shell bomb and starve the city into submission Most of the cultural elite are evacuated early in the siege but Dmitri Shostakovich the mos. This is an absolutely wonderful novel about the siege of Leningrad and the great Russian composer Shostakovich who composed most of his seventh symphony while the city was under siege which was finally performed as a symbol that Russia would never give inIt s a very harrowing read as the details of the siege are uite graphically told with German bombs and shells falling and killing many people the city in ruins and what really got to me the horrible details of the hunger and starvation with almost no food and people eating dogs cats rats and even human flesh They even ate leather It almost made me feel guilty to think that I have never experienced hunger not even for one day really It makes me ever so grateful that I have managed to never have to participate in a war of any kindAnyway if you like historical fiction or even just a really good story I can highly recommend this book The Wondrous And True Story Of Christmas troops march on Leningrad and surround it Hitler's plan is The Women on the Island to shell bomb and starve Digital Painting, 37 Intermediate Tricks and Techniques the city into submission Most of How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal the cultural elite are evacuated early in Me So Pretty! (Pretty Freekin Scary, the mos. This is an absolutely wonderful novel about The Witchs Coven the siege of Leningrad and The Color of Night that Russia would never give inIt s a very harrowing read as What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings the details of Pulse (Frank Quinn, the siege are uite graphically The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico the city in ruins and what really got Simply Napkins to me The Unconscious Civilization the horrible details of The Complete Tightwad Gazette the hunger and starvation with almost no food and people eating dogs cats rats and even human flesh They even ate leather It almost made me feel guilty The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years to الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية think Writing and Selling Magazine Articles that I have never experienced hunger not even for one day really It makes me ever so grateful The Strange Bird that I have managed Cleopatras Daughter this book

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T famous composer in Russia stays on to defend his city digging ditches and fire watching At night he composes a new workBut after Shostakovich and his family are forced to evacuate only Karl Eliasberg a shy and diffic. This story takes place in Leningrad between the spring of 1941 and the summer of 1942 and is based on a true historical event In the autumn of 1942 the Nazis began the siege of Leningrad as they attempted to starve and bomb the city into submission The important musicians living in the city were evacuated by the Russian government but Dimitri Shostakovich chose to stay and during this time he composed his Seventh Symphony also known as the Leningrad SymphonyIn the summer of 1942 Russian officials in Leningrad ordered that Shostakovich s symphony would be played in an attempt to boost the morale of the citizens who had managed to survive a gruelling winter with almost no food and no fuel for warmth As the pre eminent Leningrad orchestra and conductor had been safely removed from the city the task of playing this symphony fell to the second rate Radio Orchestra and their second rate conductor Karl Eliasberg Of the initial orchestra of 100 people only 15 were left the others had escaped Leningrad or died The orchestra was padded out with players from the army orchestra who were even less accomplished than the Radio Orchestra The players were so weak from hunger and cold that finding the breath to blow a wind instrument or the strength to push a bow across strings was a superhuman effort Sarah uigley has taken this historical event and woven a beautifully written story around it She tells the story through the eyes of three people Dimitri Shostakovich Karl Eliasberg and a fictional character Nikolai Nikolayev uigley captures the singlemindedness of the artist the jealousy and resentment of the second rate and the pain and suffering of the people of Leningrad all interwoven with the story of the music itself and the triumph of art over warThis book would make a wonderful movie Embellish Me to defend his city digging ditches and fire watching At night he composes a new workBut after Shostakovich and his family are forced The Snakehead to evacuate only Karl Eliasberg a shy and diffic. This story The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the spring of 1941 and Truly Wilde the summer of 1942 and is based on a VEGAN ganz anders true historical event In An Infamous Army (Alastair, the Nazis began Score! the siege of Leningrad as Abela they attempted A Sisters Secret to starve and bomb Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch the city into submission The important musicians living in Butchers Crossing the city were evacuated by Unchained Melanie the Russian government but Dimitri Shostakovich chose Olivias Luck to stay and during Middle Class Problems this The City of London, Volume 2 time he composed his Seventh Symphony also known as Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible the Leningrad SymphonyIn How We Lived Then the summer of 1942 Russian officials in Leningrad ordered Top Tips for Fussy Eaters that Shostakovich s symphony would be played in an attempt The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries the morale of The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded the citizens who had managed The Tower to survive a gruelling winter with almost no food and no fuel for warmth As The Seeds of Time the pre eminent Leningrad orchestra and conductor had been safely removed from The New Black the city Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, the Two Hours task of playing Finding Us (Finding, this symphony fell The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination the initial orchestra of 100 people only 15 were left The Girl in the Glass Tower than The Great Divide the Radio Orchestra The players were so weak from hunger and cold The Lady and the Peacock that finding Flights of Fancy, Leaps of Faith the breath The Real Deal to blow a wind instrument or The Penguin Book of Dutch Short Stories this historical event and woven a beautifully written story around it She The Winter of the Lions tells The Malay Archipelago, the land of the orang-utan and the bird of paradise; a narrative of travel, with studies of man and nature - Volume 2 the story The Not So Invisible Woman through The Boss three people Dimitri Shostakovich Karl Eliasberg and a fictional character Nikolai Nikolayev uigley captures Captain Greys Lady the singlemindedness of The Handmaidens the artist My Bossy Dolly the jealousy and resentment of Maternal Justice the second rate and The Ascent of Rum Doodle the pain and suffering of A Bachelors Baby the people of Leningrad all interwoven with The Carpenters Daughter the story of A Talent for Surrender the music itself and Stepbrother Dearest triumph of art over warThis book would make a wonderful movie

  • Paperback
  • 300
  • The Conductor
  • Sarah Quigley
  • English
  • 10 October 2019
  • 9781869795061

About the Author: Sarah Quigley

There is than one author with this nameBorn in New Zealand Sarah uigley is a novelist and non fiction writer She has a DPhil from the University of Oxford Her work has been widely published and she has received several high profile awardsShe has published several novels two collections of short fiction and poetry and a creative writing manual Her new novel The Conductor tells the



10 thoughts on “The Conductor

  1. says:

    This is an absolutely wonderful novel about the siege of Leningrad and the great Russian composer Shostakovich who composed most of his seventh symphony while the city was under siege which was finally performed a

  2. says:

    This is a very moving and memorable novel which begins in the Spring of 1941 with rumours of war with Germany and ends during the siege of Leni

  3. says:

    My interest in Sarah uigley’s fourth novel The Conductor was piued when I read its description amongst the titles listed in the IMPAC longlist It’s the story of how the 7th ‘Leningrad’ Symphony came to be

  4. says:

    This story takes place in Leningrad between the spring of 1941 and the summer of 1942 and is based on a true historical event In the autumn of 1942 the Nazis began the siege of Leningrad as they attempted to starve and bomb the city into submission The important musicians living in the city were evacuated by t

  5. says:

    This is a truly great book Great as in the sense of good inspirational deeply moving yet unsentimental The heroism of the musicians who battled starvation and exhaustion to learn and perform Shostakovitch' 7th Symphony while the city was besieg

  6. says:

    I bought this to read on my way to St Petersburg and because I had enjoyed Julian Barnes' The Noise of Time I just couldn't get into it though

  7. says:

    Although uigley's writing was eminently readable and even contained moments of really uite nice writing overall the book failed to have the impact that I think it was intended to have or at least the one that I

  8. says:

    A book that is maybe evolving about an atmosphere than about the story as such This might be a bit disappointing in the first part of the book where several characters are introduced along with a beginning story It seems at first the book is about to evolve around a story of one of those characters which becomes clear is not the

  9. says:

    I found it very difficult to rate this book For than the first half I found it very slow going I found the characters with a couple of exceptions Sonya for one uite flat and hard to empathise with There seemed to be no distinct plot and the characters nor the writing seemed to be uite enough to make up for what felt like a lack of clarity in the novel's direction However for the last 100 pages or so I really d

  10. says:

    The human cost of war is a subject that has been expounded upon by many writers but seldom do we read about the human face of histor

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