Thursday, September 16, 2010

BBAW: Forgotten Treasures

Ok, so I've been very bad at keeping up with BBAW this year. However, today's topic is one I can get in to.

We can choose either a forgotten classic or a current book that's flying under the radar. I decided to choose the latter.

The Bells by Richard Harvell

This sucker was just released two days ago, but I read it back in August. I haven't heard a peep about this book on any blog, which is disappointing because this is one fabulous book. The Bells is no doubt one of my favorite books read this year. Here's the summary:

Dazzling, enchanting and epic, The Bells is the confession of a thief, kidnapper and unlikely lover — a boy with the voice of an angel whose exquisite sense of hearing becomes both his life's tragic curse and its greatest blessing.
Moses Froben was born in a belfry high in the Swiss Alps, the bastard son of a deaf-mute woman banished to the church tower to ring each day the Loudest and Most Beautiful Bells in the land. His life is simple but he is content, until the day his father recognizes Moses's singular sense of hearing and its power to expose his sins. Cast into the world with only his ears to protect and guide him, Moses finds refuge in the choir of the great Abbey of St. Gall and becomes its star singer, only to endure the horrifying act of castration meant to preserve his angelic voice and turn him into a musico.

In a letter to his son, Moses recounts his humble birth in eighteenth-century Switzerland and his life as a novice monk, and tells of the two noble friends — and a forbidden lover — whom he cherished during his chaotic years in Mozart's Vienna as apprentice to the great Gaetano Guadagni, and even as he ascended Europe's most celebrated stages as Lo Svizzero. But in this letter he will also reveal the astonishing secrets of his past and answer the question that has shadowed his fame: how did Moses Froben, world-renowned musico, come to raise a son who by all rights he could never have sired?
My review of this spectacular book will be posted sometime soon.


Jenny said...

Hmmm, sound interesting.. and you're right, I haven't really heard about it either. Funny how some books get ALL the attention it seems and some don't get any!

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to seeing your review on this, Christy.

S. Krishna said...

I started this book, as I had an advance copy, but put it down because it wasn't capturing my attention. I guess I need to go back and give it another try!

Tribute Books said...

Never heard of it , sounds good.