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.
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...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.Read Full Review of The Blue Guitar | See more reviews from Globe and Mail
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.Read Full Review of The Blue Guitar | See more reviews from Toronto Star
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.Read Full Review of The Blue Guitar | See more reviews from National Post arts
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.Read Full Review of The Blue Guitar | See more reviews from National Post arts