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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
I really enjoyed this book and it was unlike any historical fiction that I have ever read before. The setting of this book has been chosen so well that the book speaks to you and I can really see myself standing there watching what is happening through the characters eyes.
I read this book in one sitting as I become so engrossed by it I just had to finish it to find out what was going to happen in the end. The setting and characters have been chosen so well that the book speaks to you as you are reading it.
The music is described all the way through the book. There is one particular ‘opera’ scene that left me with tears in my eyes due to the beautiful description of the music. All the way through the book I could here the music that was being described in the book.
Just like in the description of this book, it truly does do for music what ‘perfume’ does for smell. This book will surely become a modern classic.
This was such a good book that I truly hope it becomes a best seller when it is released. I will encourage everyone to pick up a copy of this book as this will surely become a modern classic.