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The Music Room
by William Fiennes
When William Fiennes was a small boy, his parents inherited an extraordinary home: a castle full of history, the perfect hunting ground for child with a brimming imagination. The family set about welcoming visitors - actors, travelling fairs, members of the public - but behind these very public scenes a more intimate drama was taking place.
From the bestselling author of "The Snow Geese" comes a mesmerizing tribute to an adored older brother. When William Fiennes was a small boy, his parents inherited an extraordinary home: a castle full of history, secrets and strange artefacts, the perfect hunting ground for child with a brimming imagination. The family set about welcoming visitors - actors, musicians, travelling fairs, members of the public - but behind these very public scenes a more intimate drama was taking place. William's older brother, Richard, had been diagnosed with severe and debilitating epilepsy. Within the enchanted world of the house, Richard is a powerful presence: radiating wit, beguilingly eccentric, and yet also the victim of dark and violent moods. The two brothers are devoted, yet as William grows - ever more independent, ever closer to leaving this idyllic home - Richard's life becomes increasingly circumscribed. One day Will receives a phone call: 'Richard died this morning. Come and join us'. "The Music Room" captures a child's wide-eyed wonder and an adult's grief. Its incantatory prose builds a house that is almost sentient, a landscape bursting with life, and a family animated by generosity and strength. Utterly unique in its sensibility, minutely detailed and tenderly observed, it is not an elegy but a sensory tribute to home, to the workings of memory and imagination, and, above all, a transcendent lovesong for a brother.
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The Music Room has an elegiac feel, not least -because Mr. Fiennes writes about his family with such care and dignity. His descriptions of Richard's -outbursts and seizures have the brutality of truth -without any of the modern memoirist's tendency to sensationalize. We are brought deep into the castle that was a family's home, yet what we learn still has an air about it of privacy and restraint. -- Meghan Cox Gurdon
About William Fiennes
William Fiennes has contributed to Granta, the London Review of Books, the Observer, the Daily Telegraph and the Times Literary Supplement. He lives in Oxford, England. He is the author of the acclaimed The Snow Geese.
The Music Room by William Fiennes
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Short-listed for Duff Cooper Prize 2010 (UK) Short-listed for Costa Biography Award 2010 (UK)
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