The Blue Guitar by Ann Ireland

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It may sound unlikely, but Ireland has managed to create a page-turner of a novel about a classical guitar competition: You want to know who will make it to the next round, and who will win.
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Synopsis

Nerves crunch at the international classical guitar competition in Montreal where musicians from all over the world fly in to compete. A career can be made or lost, and the slightest mishap - a lapse of memory, a shaking right hand - can ruin years of preparation. There is more than pretty music being performed on this stage.

 

About Ann Ireland

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Ann Ireland is the author of A Certain Mr. Takahashi (winner of the Seal Book Award and shortlisted for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award), The Instructor (shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award), and Exile (shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize). She lives in Toronto.
 
Published January 26, 2013 by Dundurn. 257 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 4 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 1

Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by Jessica Michalofsky on Feb 15 2013

...what Ireland does exceedingly well is mimic a creative mind under intense pressure. She has the ability to render acoustic sound in language that is beautiful and startling.

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Toronto Star

Above average
Reviewed by Robert Collison on Mar 01 2013

Ireland’s novel is unquestionably an engrossing read; one is unsure, until the end, who will win the competition. But one thing is certain, when you put down The Blue Guitar...you are confident that young Toby Hausner is free of his demons.

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National Post arts

Below average
Reviewed by Sarah Greene on Jan 31 2013

Unfortunately, the novel’s secondary threads...feel tacked on. If the virus was a central conceit in the book...it would be different, but Ireland should have integrated the virus sub-plot better...or removed it for a slimmer, tighter read.

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National Post arts

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Reviewed by Sarah Greene on Feb 01 2013

It may sound unlikely, but Ireland has managed to create a page-turner of a novel about a classical guitar competition: You want to know who will make it to the next round, and who will win.

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