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Deep Purple: A Novel

by Mayra Montero

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"Deep Purple is a provocative, mischievously humorous new novel from Cuban writer Mayra Montero, author of the highly acclaimed "The Red of His Shadow, among other novels, all translated by Edith Grossman. Distinguished music critic Agustí n Cabá n has written for a San Juan newspaper all his life. Forced to retire, he continues to haunt its offices, encouraged by his former editor. Agustí n is writing his memoirs, and his editor can't wait to read each passionate and titillating installment. For Agustí n, music is indispensable to sexual emotion. In the course of a long career, he seduced the women and men who were among the most brilliant classical musicians in the world. These erotic encounters were shaped by the musical instrument as well as by the performer who had mastered it. The Australian pianist Clint Verret, with whom Agustí n spent three days in the Brown Palace in Denver, offered a passionate and tender interlude. Clarissa Berdsley, the French horn player, was submissive and playful. The flamboyant violinist Manuela Suggia turned out to be a vengeful and demonic lover. Through the adventures of her unusual protagonist, Mayra Montero explores the relationship between exual desire and music. Agustí n Cabá n ultimately finds in that deep and mysterious place that is the core of human sexuality nothing less than the meaning of life.… (more)
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I like the theme of this book. A retired music critic writes his memoirs which are actually his sexual adventures with musicians that he met and interviewed. Extremely sexual encounters that at times intermix violence and a the same time an over powering love. I have read other books by Mayra Montero and this is not the best but not bad either. ( )
  realbigcat | Jan 7, 2012 |
Agustin Cabán, music critic for a San Juan newspaper, has just retired, and is writing his memoirs and sharing them with his editor. These memoirs consist primarily of his sexual encounters with musicians, and Montero writes of the connections her protagonist finds between music and sexual desire.

I had read other books of Ms. Montero's, Dancing to Almendra, and The Messenger, both of which I enjoyed and found intriguing. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for Deep Purple. It's basically one sex act after another, and emotional content is lacking. I don't mind the descriptions of sex. I enjoy good pornography and I enjoy good writing about sex. But this wasn't either.
  lilithcat | Nov 11, 2009 |
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"Deep Purple is a provocative, mischievously humorous new novel from Cuban writer Mayra Montero, author of the highly acclaimed "The Red of His Shadow, among other novels, all translated by Edith Grossman. Distinguished music critic Agustí n Cabá n has written for a San Juan newspaper all his life. Forced to retire, he continues to haunt its offices, encouraged by his former editor. Agustí n is writing his memoirs, and his editor can't wait to read each passionate and titillating installment. For Agustí n, music is indispensable to sexual emotion. In the course of a long career, he seduced the women and men who were among the most brilliant classical musicians in the world. These erotic encounters were shaped by the musical instrument as well as by the performer who had mastered it. The Australian pianist Clint Verret, with whom Agustí n spent three days in the Brown Palace in Denver, offered a passionate and tender interlude. Clarissa Berdsley, the French horn player, was submissive and playful. The flamboyant violinist Manuela Suggia turned out to be a vengeful and demonic lover. Through the adventures of her unusual protagonist, Mayra Montero explores the relationship between exual desire and music. Agustí n Cabá n ultimately finds in that deep and mysterious place that is the core of human sexuality nothing less than the meaning of life.

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