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The Gustav Sonata

The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

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By Rose Tremain

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What is the difference between friendship and love? Gustav grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav’s father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav’s life is a lonely one until he meets Anton.


03 Nov 2017


Tremain creates a very visual novel with a range of characters (some likeable, others not) that guide us through Gustav's life. Parts one and two read with speed, and while section three is still good, it didn't capture me in the same way. The novel wasn't what I expected it to be, and I'm not sure the blurb suggests a true reflection either, but overall, I did enjoy it, and I think that's mainly due to the main character of Gustav, who is just a delight.

An interesting read that I would recommend.

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