Summer Symphony: A Novel in Four Movements

By: Duckworth, Colin

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1971. In London's Festival Hall Alan Scott's 'Symphony of Universal Healing' is first performed. Its mystic harmonics have extraordinary effects on the audience: an elderly woman stands up, exclaiming she has not been able to do that for years. Another, younger, woman, admits without embarrassment that the performance gave her an orgasm. In this predominantly English middle-class audience the unthinkable has happened. People start to talk openly about an unusual feeling of wellbeing. After the concert a stranger introduces himself to Alan and his wife as an old school friend, Keith Maxtel. From that point on, the disquieting past intrudes. The chequered love story of Alan and his wife Bella begins when they are fifteen and Hitler's bombs are raining down on England. Their musical quest (mystical to Alan, scientific to neuropsychologist Bella) is sparked by their experience of an inexplicable healing phenomenon in a Norman chbteau during the Liberation. It extends to the past and the future, from Paris in the 1890s to California in the early 21st century. Alan is determined to find out why he, a musically gifted but nondescript boy from a suburban background, became guardian of such powerful mystical harmonies. Harmonies which others might seek for their dark and destructive aspects. Alan and Bella's decisions will prove crucial. "Duckworth's pace and timing are just about perfect": The Weekend Australian

Title: Summer Symphony: A Novel in Four Movements

Author Name: Duckworth, Colin

Categories: Fiction,

Edition: First

Publisher: Melbourne, Mongrel Jazz: 2005

ISBN Number: 1876044993

ISBN Number 13: 9781876044992

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Fine - Brand New

Seller ID: 010485

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Keywords: Fiction,