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The Secret Life of Glenn Gould: A Genius in…

The Secret Life of Glenn Gould: A Genius in Love

by Michael Clarkson

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This book is very well written--so much so, that at times I found myself falling in love with a pianist who was known for his neuroses. It's obvious that the book was well researched, and that Clarkson took a sensitive approach to a very private side of a very quiet person.

The book's major shortcoming is the angle from which it is written, or perhaps even the subject matter, itself. It presents Gould as a serial monogamist, and we have the misfortune to watch him fall in love and build up tentative relationships only to destroy them with his foibles and fastidiousness. He does this over and over and over again with a laundry list of women of varying degrees of fame, and as a result the book becomes tedious. There is not enough focus on Gould's other goals and achievements to keep it from also being, in my view, rather depressing. ( )
  karhne | Dec 11, 2011 |
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"Of the dozens of books and documentaries by or about the most compelling virtuoso of the twentieth century, none has contained details about Gould's many love affairs and how they affected his life, his music, and his filmmaking. Until now, biographers have tried to explain what came out of the music box, not the engine that drove it. The vault to his private life has remained locked since his untimely death in 1982 because of his obsessions with privacy and controlling his image, the loyalty of his carefully chosen friends and lovers, and the choice that biographers made to focus safely on his music and eccentricities." "The Secret Life of Glenn Gould is the first true look at the private life of Gould - who, until now, has been assumed to be asexual, lonely, and egocentric - by examining his love and soul-mate relationships through interviews with the several women Gould dated behind the scenes. From casual flirtations to full-blown affairs, Gould's relationship with many women helped shape the genius that he was famous for. His music was twelve-tonal and his documentaries "contrapuntal." Both were filled with overlapping voices - and so was his private life."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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