Maurice Guest

It’s the 1890’s and Maurice Guest, an aspiring pianist, has moved from provincial England to the city of Leipzig in Germany.

Here he hopes to follow all the heroes of music on their path to greatness by studying at the Leipzig Conservatorium. He has big dreams and, if he studies hard enough, they may be realised. He becomes obsessed with an Australian girl that he glimpses for a second. Yet that brief moment is enough, and suddenly his studies are in danger of falling by the wayside.

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  1. Not for the faint of heart

    An amazing book, though a massive emotional rollercoaster to read and devour. Depressing, obsessive, uplifting and shattering - but not for the faint of heart.

  2. Love can be joy, or our undoing!
    /Stancy Merwin

    I read this book because I read that the movie RHAPSODY was loosely based on it, and I did enjoy that melodramatic film. The film is really not much like the book, except that in both, the hero has an obsessive love for the heroine, Louise, that proves very dangerous for him. I will say this: the movie RHAPSODY is more "FUN" than the novel MAURICE GUEST. Love is painful at times, and what is it really, anyway? That is part of what the novel is about. This is as good a book about jealousy and infatuation as you will find, certainly for its era, and there are different ways one could look at the hero, Maurice, and his "issues." The music provides more of a backdrop than it does in the film (in the film the music is "in your face" and a real high point), but it is a good backdrop. Richardson is a descriptive, flowery writer--very good, but if you are looking for a "quick read," this is not the book for you. If you want a succinct writer, try Henning Mankell, for one! If you have the time, though, and like novels with European settings that show the culture, values and tastes of an earlier time--and if you like detailed personality studies--then you will enjoy MAURICE GUEST. I did. This would be a good book to get into on a long train or plane ride, when you want to escape to an earlier time and ponder the mystery of love.