Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday; The Bells

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.  What are you anxiously waiting for?

I've been thinking about this book lately:



The Bells; Richard Harvell
(Sept. 14 - Crown Pub.)

(amazon).......I grew up as the son of a man who could not possibly have been my father. Though there was never any doubt that my seed had come from another man, Moses Froben, Lo Svizzero, called me “son.” And I called him “father.” On the rare occasions when someone dared to ask for clarification, he simply laughed as though the questioner were obtuse. “Of course he’s not my son!” he would say. “Don’t be ridiculous.”

But whenever I myself gained the courage to ask him further of our past, he just looked sadly at me. “Please, Nicolai,” he would say after a moment, as though we had made a pact I had forgotten. With time, I came to understand I would never know the secrets of my birth, for my father was the only one who knew these secrets, and he would take them to his grave.


The celebrated opera singer Lo Svizzero was born in a belfry high in the Swiss Alps where his mother served as the keeper of the loudest and most beautiful bells in the land. Shaped by the bells’ glorious music, as a boy he possessed an extraordinary gift for sound. But when his preternatural hearing was discovered—along with its power to expose the sins of the church—young Moses Froben was cast out of his village with only his ears to guide him in a world fraught with danger.

Rescued from certain death by two traveling monks, he finds refuge at the vast and powerful Abbey of St. Gall. There, his ears lead him through the ancient stone hallways and past the monks’ cells into the choir, where he aches to join the singers in their strange and enchanting song. Suddenly Moses knows his true gift, his purpose. Like his mother’s bells, he rings with sound and soon, he becomes the protégé of the Abbey’s brilliant yet repulsive choirmaster, Ulrich.

But it is this gift that will cause Moses’ greatest misfortune: determined to preserve his brilliant pupil’s voice, Ulrich has Moses castrated. Now a young man, he will forever sing with the exquisite voice of an angel—a musico—yet castration is an abomination in the Swiss Confederation, and so he must hide his shameful condition from his friends and even from the girl he has come to love. When his saviors are exiled and his beloved leaves St. Gall for an arranged marriage in Vienna, he decides he can deny the truth no longer and he follows her—to sumptuous Vienna, to the former monks who saved his life, to an apprenticeship at one of Europe’s greatest theaters, and to the premiere of one of history’s most beloved operas.

In this confessional letter to his son, Moses recounts how his gift for sound led him on an astonishing journey to Europe’s celebrated opera houses and reveals the secret that has long shadowed his fame: How did Moses Froben, world renowned musico, come to raise a son who by all rights he never could have sired?

Like the voice of Lo Svizzero, The Bells is a sublime debut novel that rings with passion, courage, and beauty.

15 comments:

  1. It's look like a mystery but i like it ;p

    Here's mine;

    http://darlynandbooks.blogspot.com/2010/07/www-wo-wednesday-2.html

    Happy Wednesday!

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  2. Thanks for dropping by. =) The synopsis is quite a hook. What happen to his real father?

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  3. Sounds great :-) you always come across such interesting books!

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  4. I'm really curious about how they're related now.

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  5. This one looks so spell-binding and unusual. Thanks for sharing, and also for visiting my blog.

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  6. This sounds like a really intriguing book and like one that would really keep me interested. Thanks for sharing it. You always pick the best books!

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  7. Great pick. This one sounds like something I might like.

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  8. This one sounds deep and emotional---I hope you enjoy it!

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  9. ooooooohhhh!!! It sounds awesome!

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  10. I want to eat this one it sounds so amazing. Great pick!!! Thanks for visiting The Crowded Leaf.

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  11. This sounds like an excellent book!

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  12. I am currently reading this (got it via NetGalley and so far I think it's beautifully written. I definitely recommend it :)

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  13. This sounds terrific! You've whetted my interest in this one!

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  14. This sounds *really* good. I must have it!

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  15. That one sounds very interesting....and I would like to know who his father ends up being!

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