'All my life my Stradivarius had been waiting for me, as I had been waiting for her....'
At seven years old, Min Kym was a prodigy, the youngest ever pupil at the Purcell School of Music. At 11 she won her first international prize. She worked with many violins, waiting for the day she would play 'the one'. At 21 she found it: a rare 1696 Stradivarius, perfectly suited to her build and temperament. Her career soared. She recorded the Brahms concerto, and a world tour was planned.
Then, in a train station café, her violin was stolen. In an instant her world collapsed. She descended into a terrifying limbo land, unable to play another note.
This is Min's extraordinary story - of a young woman staring into the void, wondering who she was, who she had been. It is a story of isolation and dependence, of love, loss and betrayal, and of the intense, almost human bond that a musician has with their instrument. Above all it's a story of hope through a journey back to music.
Includes music from Gone: The Album.
Gone: The Album has been released on Warner Classics and is available for streaming and download and as a physical CD.
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By Struweltiger on 01-05-17
Clichéd and generalised
This is a wasted opportunity. Potentially fascinating, it wanes superficial about education and about music. And the writer can't communicate the inside of being a musician for toffee.
The reader has an affected accent and a chummy manner that does not suit the subject. She has not learnt to pronounce any of the foreign names, which means that every sentence jars as she tears apart the makers of violins, great pianists and the central repertory.
What happened to educated editors? Knowledgeable producers? Gone.
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By Sherry on 09-06-17
Beautiful but sad story about this young woman. Two people, in particular, are responsible for causing her so much ongoing pain and should be ashamed. Regardless of the ending of the book I hope she is one day able to buy back her violin, cruelly snatched from her, twice, the first time by thieves and the second by wolves.