English Music
Peter Ackroyd
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Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PMBy Peter Ackroyd

From the prize winning author of First Light, Chatterton, and Hawksmoor a dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving novel about the intricate ties between fathers and sons, between inheritance and culture, and between our understanding of the past and our grasp of the present In post World War I London, on the stage of the out of the way Chemical Theatre, Clement HarcoFrom the prize winning author of First Light, Chatterton, and Hawksmoor a dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving novel about the intricate ties between fathers and sons, between inheritance and culture, and between our understanding of the past and our grasp of the present In post World War I London, on the stage of the out of the way Chemical Theatre, Clement Harcombe and his young, motherless son, Timothy, perform acts of spiritual healing, their visionary skills lifting the weight of despair and failure from the shoulders of their small band of followers For Timothy, a boy with remarkable psychic gifts, it is a thrilling apprenticeship, a wonderful life with an adored father But in the eyes of the larger world, it is a wayward existence with a suspect parent And when Timothy is abruptly removed from his father s side, from the familiar twilit world of phantoms and ghosts, and thrust into the simple world of his grandparents home in the country, he is not too young to feel bereft of his past Yet nothing can remove him from the realm of his visions And as he passes from a difficult childhood into a troubled adulthood his father slipping in and out of his life it is this other, private world that provides him with his only certainty In his visions unanticipated and wholly enveloping Timothy is drawn into the creations of Charles Dickens and William Blake, Thomas Malory and Daniel Defoe, John Bunyan, Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Gainsborough and J.M.W Turner Accompanied by Merlin or Miss Havisham, William Byrd or William Hogarth, Crusoe s Friday or Wonderland s Alice, Timothy is swept across time and history And as his mysterious journeys begin to illuminate the ideas that have shaped them, Timothy comes to discern the power of the writer over his characters, the composer over what is heard, the painter over what is perceived learns, finally, to hear the English music his father described to him as a child It is the workings of the
  • Title: English Music
  • Author: Peter Ackroyd
  • ISBN: 9780345376138
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback

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Maggie Roessler Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
Before the book starts, Ackroyd leaves us a little note, saying that literary readers will notice he used material from a bunch of other English artists, while alert readers will understand why he did so Um, yeah, most understated preface EVER Ackroyd, you are not subtle Just as with Chatterton, you leave no space for the reader to pick up hints or put together pieces for herself In a series of pedantic conversations, you dunked my head repeatedly into your Theme and held it there.Happily, while [...]
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Tony Laplume Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
English Music is a sensational act of literary biography.Half the story concerns the life of Timothy Harcombe as he grows from boy to man and struggles to figure out the exact nature of his relationship with his father The other half is an unabashed ode to the English arts Where these two aspects meet can perhaps be a little hard to define, and perhaps easier to misinterpret Nonetheless they combine to great effect.Timothy s journey is a constant struggle of identity For most of the story he is [...]
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Make Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
Of the Ackroyd novels I have read, this is both the most ambitious and the most severly flawed Of the three stars I gave, two are for the immensely beautiful language that both soars poetic and chants in a trance inducing way The framing story is decent and has its heart in a good place But the clou of the novel, Tim s many dream travels into English art and litterature, is a pretty unstable device and often disrupts the flow of the human story I know Dickens and Defoe well enough to enjoy the d [...]
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Paul Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
Embedded in this experimental novel is a moving story about a son and his father The novel alternates between first person chapters showing Timothy Harcombe s coming of age and third person chapters making Timothy a character in works of English literature e.g Alice in Wonderland and dropping him into other works of English art Unfortunately for the overall novel, Timothy s coming of age is way compelling than the experimental chapters Ackroyd makes some interesting statements about English Art [...]
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Mazy Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
I read this book nice and slow so I could take in all the beautiful imagery and flowery language Purple prose Yes, in parts, and yes, sometimes it did get tedious, especially during the dream sequences But I loved it in spite of it I liked that it was very different from other novels, yet with an easily recognizable theme I liked the story I liked the overuse of literary devices I liked the imagry I loved the art used between each chapter I would highly recommend this book, but would also sugges [...]
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Fikri Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
Not my usual cup of tea, but got it off a friend s old metafictions class reading list There are two parts to the book, told in alternating chapters first, the story of a father son relationship punctuated with ghosts from the pasts and well, actual ghosts, and second, a series of dream sequences each self contained but tangentially related to the real world narrative the protagonist passes out each time these happen based on classic works of English literature, music, and art.I m not sufficient [...]
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Laura Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
I loved this the complexity, story world, structure Sadly I am not a scholarly enough reader to pick up on all Ackroyd s references, but surprisingly that didn t interfere with the enjoyment of the story for me Ackroyd s work is always clever, but this had good heart.
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Christine Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
I had already read this book, years ago, and could remember nothing about it except that it was rather special So I read it again, and am still of the same opinion On one level, the story of a boy and his relationship with his father, grandparents and friends On a different stratum, an examination of English Music which is the author s name for the great sweep of culture across the centuries music, art, and literature how we create these things, and yet are ourselves shaped by them He seems to s [...]
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Don Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
The permanent theme of every Ackroyd book, fiction or otherwise, gets the turbo treatment in this evocative novel There are things about England that ever was and the whisper to us on the street corners and down alleyways and always pull us back to what the Celt and the Saxon first saw in its grey meadows and translucent skies Every poet that ever was is compelled to set out a bit of this story and ditto all the painters and composers too.The tale is one of a boy s childhood, set in the 1920s, g [...]
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Tess Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
English Music Dreams are very particular things, Edward They can be real than anything in the ordinary world Have you ever considered that Edward simply looked at him And do you know why Because a dream brings out the secret life of the world It can reflect all the things we have forgotten we knew It can bring out the spirit of a place or a person, like music which no one has previously been able to hear This short passage brings out the overall sense of the book for me.There is a main narrativ [...]
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Alexis Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
I haven t read a novel in a while and was happy to settle into this simple and quick read that I picked up for a buck at a used book shop in Houston Then I remembered why I don t read Ackroyd novels I feel like he s trying to teach me a lesson I loved his book on Thomas More and liked other bios Here he has an idea about place, genetics and inheritance, and he writes his characters and plot in accordance with his idea Though I skipped some of the instruction filled dream sequences, I could not p [...]
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Lauren Albert Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
The book alternates between the regular narrative and the narrator s waking dreams I found myself looking forward to the end of the dreams and getting back to the main story It was obvious from the beginning that the narrator not his father was the bearer of the power of healing but perhaps it was obvious to everyone I ve been trying to work out the connection of that story to the stories in the waking dream but perhaps my English major mind has gone to sleep
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Georgia Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
I really enjoyed the central plot of this book and found the characters compelling Unfortunately the addition of the dream sequences was a bit contrived and the message of inheritance was overstated to say the least However, despite its faults, this book is an enjoyable read with a good story at its centre.
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Jason Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
a fairly odd book first impression of it was distinctly unfavorable was tedious and a bit too atmospheric and ethereal for mei m not entirely willing to stand by this.i ll need to read it again
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Fiona Robson Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
Another amazing book by Peter Ackroyd I was really disappointed to finish this novel as I have become completely wrapped up in the story and characters Especially loved the father son relationship This was such a heart warming read Crying out to be made into a film
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Alana Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
A weird one, a little hard to get into and very wordy Hard to follow if you re not so clued up on classical English literature but there is a great story underneath this if you can perserve with it.
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P. R. Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
As good as Hawksmoor, better than First Light, not as good as The House of Doctor Dee, but true Ackroyd, restoring the mystery to human life.
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Valerie Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
Very strange story of a boy growing up at the turn of the century in London, who has strong powers of healing.
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Erica Gregory Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
The author s usual high standard
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Jessie Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
I simply did not have the rich literary history to adequately enjoy this book but if it is so derivative, would I have enjoyed it anyway
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Amy Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
I like this book, but it has suffered the fate of so many books that ended up at the bottom of a pile Shelved to be picked up again in the future.
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Leslie Graff Sep 29, 2020 - 22:49 PM
Nicely written but I m just not a dream sequence person
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English Music By Peter Ackroyd From the prize winning author of First Light, Chatterton, and Hawksmoor a dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving novel about the intricate ties between fathers and sons, between inheritance and culture, and between our understanding of the past and our grasp of the present In post World War I London, on the stage of the out of the way Chemical Theatre, Clement HarcoFrom the prize winning author of First Light, Chatterton, and Hawksmoor a dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving novel about the intricate ties between fathers and sons, between inheritance and culture, and between our understanding of the past and our grasp of the present In post World War I London, on the stage of the out of the way Chemical Theatre, Clement Harcombe and his young, motherless son, Timothy, perform acts of spiritual healing, their visionary skills lifting the weight of despair and failure from the shoulders of their small band of followers For Timothy, a boy with remarkable psychic gifts, it is a thrilling apprenticeship, a wonderful life with an adored father But in the eyes of the larger world, it is a wayward existence with a suspect parent And when Timothy is abruptly removed from his father s side, from the familiar twilit world of phantoms and ghosts, and thrust into the simple world of his grandparents home in the country, he is not too young to feel bereft of his past Yet nothing can remove him from the realm of his visions And as he passes from a difficult childhood into a troubled adulthood his father slipping in and out of his life it is this other, private world that provides him with his only certainty In his visions unanticipated and wholly enveloping Timothy is drawn into the creations of Charles Dickens and William Blake, Thomas Malory and Daniel Defoe, John Bunyan, Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Gainsborough and J.M.W Turner Accompanied by Merlin or Miss Havisham, William Byrd or William Hogarth, Crusoe s Friday or Wonderland s Alice, Timothy is swept across time and history And as his mysterious journeys begin to illuminate the ideas that have shaped them, Timothy comes to discern the power of the writer over his characters, the composer over what is heard, the painter over what is perceived learns, finally, to hear the English music his father described to him as a child It is the workings of the

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