Dig Through Our Books

Title
Author
Keyword
Advanced Search
 
 
Gift Cards
Checkout a Gift Card


 




Bookmark and Share




 
Browse By Category

View Other Categories
 
 
 
The Bells: A Novel, Harvell, Richard
Stock Image -May Not Reflect Actual Item

Author Name    Harvell, Richard

Title   The Bells: A Novel

Binding   PAPERBACK

Book Condition   Good

Publisher    Broadway Books

ISBN Number    0307590534 / 9780307590534

Seller ID   SKU201602240

0307590534 1st edition, 1st printing with full number line. Good. Light to moderate shelf wear to covers/corners. Trade paperback binding. Support Last Word Books & Press and independent booksellers.

Stock Description, May Not Reflect Item

I grew up as the son of a man who could not possibly have been my father. Though there was never any doubt that my seed had come from another man, Moses Froben, "Lo Svizzero," called me "son." And I called him "father." On the rare occasions when someone dared to ask for clarification, he simply laughed as though the questioner were obtuse. "Of course he's not my son " he would say. "Don't be ridiculous."
But whenever I myself gained the courage to ask him further of our past, he just looked sadly at me. "Please, Nicolai," he would say after a moment, as though we had made a pact I had forgotten. With time, I came to understand I would never know the secrets of my birth, for my father was the only one who knew these secrets, and he would take them to his grave.
The celebrated opera singer "Lo Svizzero" was born in a belfry high in the Swiss Alps where his mother served as the keeper of the loudest and most beautiful bells in the land. Shaped by the bells' glorious music, as a boy he possessed an extraordinary gift for sound. But when his preternatural hearing was discovered--along with its power to expose the sins of the church--young Moses Froben was cast out of his village with only his ears to guide him in a world fraught with danger.
Rescued from certain death by two traveling monks, he finds refuge at the vast and powerful Abbey of St. Gall. There, his ears lead him through the ancient stone hallways and past the monks' cells into the choir, where he aches to join the singers in their strange and enchanting song. Suddenly Moses knows his true gift, his purpose. Like his mother's bells, he rings with sound and soon, he becomes the protege of the Abbey's brilliant yet repulsive choirmaster, Ulrich.
But it is this gift that will cause Moses' greatest misfortune: determined to preserve his brilliant pupil's voice, Ulrich has Moses castrated. Now a young man, he will forever sing with the exquisite voice of an angel--a "musico"--yet castration is an abomination in the Swiss Confederation, and so he must hide his shameful condition from his friends and even from the girl he has come to love. When his saviors are exiled and his beloved leaves St. Gall for an arranged marriage in Vienna, he decides he can deny the truth no longer and he follows her--to sumptuous Vienna, to the former monks who saved his life, to an apprenticeship at one of Europe's greatest theaters, and to the premiere of one of history's most beloved operas.
In this confessional letter to his son, Moses recounts how his gift for sound led him on an astonishing journey to Europe's celebrated opera houses and reveals the secret that has long shadowed his fame: How did Moses Froben, world renowned "musico," come to raise a son who by all rights he never could have sired?
Like the voice of "Lo Svizzero," "The Bells" is a sublime debut novel that rings with passion, courage, and beauty.

"From the Hardcover edition."

Price = 7.00 USD


Related items brought to you by the miracles of modern technology:
Otherland, Vol. 1: City Of Golden Shadow, Williams, Tad
Otherland, Vol. 1: City Of Golden Shadow
Williams, Tad
16.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

River of Blue Fire (Otherland, Volume 2), Williams, Tad
River of Blue Fire (Otherland, Volume 2)
Williams, Tad
20.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Daddy's Little Girl
Clark, Mary Higgins
8.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Brain Storm: A Novel, Dooling, Richard
Brain Storm: A Novel
Dooling, Richard
10.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

A Rum Affair: A True Story of Botanical Fraud
Sabbagh, Karl
12.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

The Marketplace Experiment
Abram Tertz
14.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

The Eleventh Commandment: A Novel
Archer, Jeffrey
8.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up
Barry, Dave
10.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

All Dressed in White: An Under Suspicion Novel
Clark, Mary Higgins; Burke, Alafair
10.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Wrong About Japan, Carey, Peter
Wrong About Japan
Carey, Peter
9.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

Swing: A Mystery, Holmes, Rupert
Swing: A Mystery
Holmes, Rupert
9.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

The Orphan Queen
Meadows, Jodi
8.00 USD
Add to Book Bag

 


Questions, comments, or suggestions
Please write to lastwordbooks@gmail.com
Copyright©2018. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by ChrisLands.com

 

 

cookie