The Soloist
Mark Salzman
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Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM By Mark Salzman

As a child, Renne showed promise of becoming one of the world s greatest cellists Now, years later, his life suddenly is altered by two events he becomes a juror in a murder trial for the brutal killing of a Buddhist monk, and he takes on as a pupil a Korean boy whose brilliant musicianship reminds him of his own past.
  • Title: The Soloist
  • Author: Mark Salzman
  • ISBN: 9780679759263
  • Page: 436
  • Format: Paperback


Debbie Zapata Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
I've been in a musical mood lately. From a piano shop in Paris to a life of Beethoven (which is slow-going and a bit frustrating so far but stillBeethoven!) to Mark Salzman's novel about a child prodigy cellist and what happens to him when he loses the desire to play.Well, that is not exactly right. When we meet Reinhart Sundheimer he has not 'concertized' for many years, but he still practices daily, trying to recapture the magic of earlier years. But he lost the desire to play, the love for pl [...]
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La TonyaJordan Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
Renne Sundheimer was a child prodigy. His instrument of choice was the cello. Unfortunately, his gift deserted him at the age of eighteen never to return. He spent his life attempting to rekindle what he had lost until he was selected for jury duty. The trial made him open his eyes to what he had been missing in life and where he truly stood. The book is a slow read and drags in certain parts. But, it is a good story of overcoming a life disappointment and finally move on. Even, if it takes sixt [...]
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MaryAnn Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
4 stars for the beautiful references to music and its impact in our lives. How grateful I am to have music and music performance present in my life.
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Sufferingbruin Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
A very disappointing effort from Salzman. The plot is enticing: Reinhardt, a child prodigy cellist, loses his gift and spends years trying to get it back so he can live the life of a concert musician. After a decade of futile practice, he is asked to tutor another child prodigy; sullen, withdrawn nine-year old wunderkind Kyung-Hee. And if Salzman had just stayed with that, I think he would have written a fine book. There is the possibility of youth vs. age, the teacher craving the talent the stu [...]
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Tanya Peterson Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
"I've decided that we all crave a sense of dignity in our lives, but most of us find it an elusive goal." This is one of Reinhart Sundheimer's reflections on life and on himself. The Soloist is an endearing story that tells the tale of a man who hit his prime as a child. A musical prodigy, Reinhart was a world-class cellist from a young age. He was nurtured and encouraged (albeit a bit harshly when it came to his mother) -- and, sadly, isolated. He was kept away from age-mates so that he could c [...]
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Zach Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
This book was very interesting and loveable at the same time. It's hard not to read the whole book in one sitting. This non-fiction story will keep you wanting more and more. Steve Lopez the author as well as the protagonist in the story does a great job of portraying the connection between Nathaniel and himself, describing the severity of homelessness in Los Angeles, and re creating an inspirational story that actually happened. As I started to read the book I could see right away that somethin [...]
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Michael Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
Warning: Do not even think about reading this if you are not heavily into classical music/musicians, and the process of of the classical concertA friend lent me his copy for the book's paradoxical trial of a young man convicted of killing his Zen master. Sunheimer, a cellist since youth, is one of the jury members. The chapters in the jury room are a rehash of "Twelve Angry", as it could be told by Henry Fonda's character's inner monologue. Even a few of the less savory characters are cliches fr [...]
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Book Concierge Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
This is a novel (not to be confused withh the true story that has been made into a movie starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr). It is an incandescent work about personal growth. Renne is a former musical child prodigy now teaching music at a university - too young to be a retired concert soloist, too old to still be a virgin.
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James Chamerlik Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
This book had a great line up - A virtuoso musician, Buddhism and a Buddhist retreat, an interesting court case, and a man's frustrations with his life and lack of achievement as he gets older, an awkward relationship with a woman; What could go wrong? It is entertaining and it keeps you turning pages and wanting to come back, but it felt a tiny bit contrived in its effort to create some grandiose epiphany for the main character toward the end. I like to analyze fiction by how "real" it feels, e [...]
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Sheri Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
I would have liked to give this book a 3.5 star rating. It wasn't solidly good (which I require for 4 stars), but it wasn't just mediocre, there were a few good passages and it was certainly entertaining enough.Renne was an interesting narrator; he is removed from society and despite being mid-30s has the voice of a 60-something. He spends lots of time thinking about people and interactions and mourning his inability to create relationships since losing his ability to play, but he also enjoys hi [...]
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Sara Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
Great book! A child prodigy cellist loses his ability to perform due to a too perfect ear after he turns 18. He thinks of himself as a failure although he teaches both in college and cellist students. Not only do we learn of his odd upbringing with tutors as well as famous cellists for teachers but also the result being a difficulty relating to others. He is asked to teach another child prodigy, age 9, at about the same time as he is chosen for jury duty for a murder trial in which a psychotic m [...]
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Emily Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
I was well on my way to giving this book five stars. Alas! The ending was not as satisfactory to me as I had hoped it would be. I'm not sure what I was looking for - perhaps a more explosive epiphany like a grand final movement in an impressive symphony? I wasn't let down by any means, I was simply hoping for, well, more. My ability to identify and understand this character is what brought me such joy in reading this novel. I'm pleased I tried it out.
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Marcia Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
This book was like a piece of classical music interesting variety of voices and themes, all intersecting, with a logical, yet not totally final resolution. I loved the sensation of the cello resonating through the narrator's body!
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Sharon Pitchforth Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
I bought this book a few years ago after the movie came out. I'd heard good things, and the book was on sale. This isn't my typical genre. I finally picked it up, and, at first, was excited. I have a cousin that suffers from schizophrenia, he lived with us when he was in college, and again later when he was getting treatment. He has disappeared on the streets for years at a time and been assumed dead. Currently, we do know is whereabouts, which is great. I was excited for some additional incite, [...]
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Kailyn Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
I enjoy books that are divided into smaller chapters. It makes them a nice quick read, like a light snack. At first, I thought that a cellist involved in the trial of a Buddhist monk who was on trial for murder sounded like the cheesy, CSI-wannabe crime novels that I try so hard to avoid. But this novel actually weaved the two concepts together quite well. The only reason I can't give it more stars is because I felt absolutely nothing for the narrator. If anything, I found his lack of certainty [...]
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Karen Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
Renne Sundheimer is a 34 year old cello musician. Renne begins his life as a child prodigy and travels with world with his mother to perform. When Renne turns 18, his life takes a sudden turn, when his perfect pitch hearing goes away. Renne believes his life to be over. However when he is picked to be on a jury for a murder trial and he accepts a young musician to teach, his life takes another remarkable turn. I enjoyed this book's straight forward style and the character development. The ending [...]
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Mary Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
I loved the way Mark Salzman wrote about the way different music makes one see and feel it; also, how he could so well describe the composers, and the music's technicalities and technique. I wanted more music and less courtroom jury, but that part is what, in the end, helped him to see himself and his music better. It is good to read a book that entertains as well as leaves you thinking and asking questions along the way.
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Martha Richey Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
This was an interesting book to read. The intertwining of a young musician who experiences a profound change in ability to play public concerts, with the story of him teaching another young prodigy 20 years later, as well as a court case regarding a young man who has suddenly killed his Zen meditation leader keeps this a page turner.
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Kathryn Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
This book combined the early life of a cello prodigy with a debate on what constitutes an insanity plea at a murder trial. I really enjoyed the musical references and the exploration of thought about insanity.
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Susan Banner Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
I saw this book on the shelf at the library one week and left it there, though as I read the fly leaf I was interested. The next week, it came home with me and did not disappoint. The interweaving of past and present with hope for the future. I highly recommend this title!
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Thomas Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
I'm giving this one two stars because I am assuming I liked it on some level. However, I read it in 2002 and I have absolutely no recollection of it, even after reading the synopsis.
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Keshia Marie Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
"God tests us to make us stronger."
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Omasan Omatseye Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
Steve Lopez, a man who worked for the Los Angeles times as a journalist, walked on the streets of Los Angeles one day, he heard a beautiful sound of music from a distance and decided to find out who it is. It was Nathaniel Ayers, a black, homeless American man who finds his happiness through music. Steve wanted to find out more about Nathaniel, so he decides to study his background and write an article about him. It was then he was informed about Nathaniel’s love for the cello. Upon this reali [...]
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Stephen Gallup Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
It's not surprising that some of the other reviewers don't like this story's melancholy, brooding narrator. However, the point is that he's wrestling with some big issues, trying to make sense of the unexpected direction his life has taken. I'm a kindred spirit and identified with him very closely.Salzman seems to have strong feelings about how kids should be educated. It was a subtheme in his memoir Lost in Place, and is more obvious here. We can only speculate whether Renne might have been mor [...]
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Mary Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
I pretty much love everything Salzman has written. Here is why. He uses words well - his prose is clear and strong - and he has a self-deprecating sense of humor and considerable tenderness, particularly toward children and animals. This book wasn't quite as strong as his nonfiction, but I still really enjoyed both reading and rereading it.It tells three intersecting stories. The first is the life of the title character, a cellist and former child prodigy. The second is his experience as a juror [...]
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Francoise Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
A delightful easy-to-read tale about a cellist coming to terms with his concert-giving prodigy childhood, his parents, his teacher, his current students, his inability to play the cello anymore or successfully date women. He uncharacteristaically takes on a child prodigy student himself and has to figure out how to relate to the kid and his family. Does this sound like a book built around being on a murder trial jury? Well, that's how the book works. All of the attendant jury experiences -- dige [...]
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Peggy Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
I notice this book gets a very wide range of opinions and appreciation, from one to five stars. One reviewer speaks of starting off with thinking "5" but - quite disappointed - felt obligated to lower her rating. I was the opposite. Initially I felt very disappointed, perhaps a result of unconsciously comparing it to Salzman's nonfiction work I have read. I almost put the book down without getting into it very far, but thank goodness I didn't. I can't speak to similarity to "Twelve Angry Men" wi [...]
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Kelly Liu Jun 27, 2019 - 06:47 AM
Writing Assignment for the Review of the The Soloist Life always changes with any of the decisions we made. The main character Renne’s life has been changed three times by his own decisions: asked for changing the instrument; started having the lesson for a Korean boy Kyung-hee Kim as a student; and be involved in a murder trail by one of his students. By these three stories told me that people should be responsible to what they did or response for their decisions; the second one was the life [...]
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The Soloist By Mark Salzman As a child, Renne showed promise of becoming one of the world s greatest cellists Now, years later, his life suddenly is altered by two events he becomes a juror in a murder trial for the brutal killing of a Buddhist monk, and he takes on as a pupil a Korean boy whose brilliant musicianship reminds him of his own past.

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