Today is my stop on the blog tour for J SS Bach by Martin Goodman! Check out my review and let me know what you think in the comments.
Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: Wrecking Ball Press; Hardcover edition (4 Mar. 2019)
J SS Bach is the story of three generations of women from either side of Germany’s 20th Century horror story – one side, a Jewish family from Vienna, the other linked to a ranking Nazi official at Dachau concentration camp – who suffer the consequences of what men do.
Fast forward to 1990s California, and two survivors from the families meet. Rosa is a young Australian musicologist; Otto is a world-famous composer and cellist. Music and history link them.
A novel of music, the Holocaust, love, and a dog. The author’s writing is a wonderland, captivating and drawing the reader in to the presented world. Time becomes no object as a literary universe unfolds and carries the reader through eighty years, where emotions are real and raw and beautifully given.
J SS Bach is a fascinating read full of history and hope. I made a challenge for myself to read books I wouldn’t typically read, this year, and I’m so glad I took a shot with this one.
Martin Goodman’s eye for detail is incredible. I could see very clearly where the characters were. I could almost smell what they smelled and feel what they felt. Which was difficult at times because the subject matter isn’t always pretty, but Martin Goodman’s beautiful writing style just earned him a new fan! This is the story of the most brutal time in history intrically woven in with beautiful characters and hope.
I highly recommend giving this one a shot. No matter what genres you typically read, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with J SS Bach!
Martin Goodman was born in Leicester, and has lived and worked in China, Qatar, the USA, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and France. Travel forms a large part of his writing: both for strictly travel-related books and also for novels and biographies. His first novel ON BENDED KNEES was shortlisted for the Whitbread prize, and his most recent biography SUFFER AND SURVIVE won 1st Prize, Basis of Medicine in the BMA Book Awards 2008. He is the Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Hull. He lives in Hull, London and the French Pyrenees. ‘Such narrow, narrow confines we live in. Every so often, one of us primates escapes these dimensions, as Martin Goodman did. All we can do is rattle the bars and look after him as he runs into the hills. We wait for his letters home.’ ~ The Los Angeles Times.
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