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T famous composer in Russia stays on to defend his city digging ditches and fire watching At night he composes a new workBut after Shostakovich and his family are forced to evacuate only Karl Eliasberg a shy and diffic. This story takes place in Leningrad between the spring of 1941 and the summer of 1942 and is based on a true historical event In the autumn of 1942 the Nazis began the siege of Leningrad as they attempted to starve and bomb the city into submission The important musicians living in the city were evacuated by the Russian government but Dimitri Shostakovich chose to stay and during this time he composed his Seventh Symphony also known as the Leningrad SymphonyIn the summer of 1942 Russian officials in Leningrad ordered that Shostakovich s symphony would be played in an attempt to boost the morale of the citizens who had managed to survive a gruelling winter with almost no food and no fuel for warmth As the pre eminent Leningrad orchestra and conductor had been safely The Cursed Hole of the Shinoda Family played in an attempt to boost the morale of the citizens who had managed to survive a gruelling winter with almost no food and no fuel for warmth As the Tusculan Disputations, I and Scipios Dream pre eminent Leningrad orchestra and conductor had been safely

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Ult man conductor of the second rate Radio Orchestra and an assortment of musicians are left behind in Leningrad to face an unendurable winter and start rehearsing the finished score of Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphon. I found it very difficult to rate this book For than the first half I found it very slow going I found the characters with a couple of exceptions Sonya for one uite flat and hard to empathise with There seemed to be no distinct plot and the characters nor the writing seemed to be uite enough to make up for what felt like a lack of clarity in the novel s direction However for the last 100 pages or so I really did enjoy this book I found the setting vivid the characters much three dimensional and easier to empathise with and I felt a desire to keep reading I still think the plot was a little lacking but I think that might be due to personal taste

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In June 1941 Nazi troops march on Leningrad and surround it Hitler's plan is to shell bomb and starve the city into submission Most of the cultural elite are evacuated early in the siege but Dmitri Shostakovich the mos. This is an absolutely wonderful novel about the siege of Leningrad and the great Russian composer Shostakovich who composed most of his seventh symphony while the city was under siege which was finally performed as a symbol that Russia would never give inIt s a very harrowing read as the details of the siege are uite graphically told with German bombs and shells falling and killing many people the city in ruins and what really got to me the horrible details of the hunger and starvation with almost no food and people eating dogs cats rats and even human flesh They even ate leather It almost made me feel guilty to think that I have never experienced hunger not even for one day really It makes me ever so grateful that I have managed to never have to participate in a w


About the Author: Sarah Quigley

There is than one author with this nameBorn in New Zealand Sarah uigley is a novelist and non fiction writer She has a DPhil from the University of Oxford Her work has been widely published and she has received several high profile awardsShe has published several novels two collections of short fiction and poetry and a creative writing manual Her new novel The Conductor tells the



10 thoughts on “The Conductor

  1. says:

    This is an absolutely wonderful novel about the siege of Leningrad and the great Russian composer Shostakovich who composed most of his seventh symphony while the city was under siege which was finally performed as a symbol that Russia would never give inIt's a very harrowing read as the details of the siege are uite gr

  2. says:

    This is a very moving and memorable novel which begins in the Spring of 1941 with rumours of war with Germany and ends during the siege of Leningrad The book involves many characters including Shostakovich ignoring warnings and trying to get his Seventh Symphony on paper his friend Nikolai and his beloved daughter Sonya and Karl Illyich Eliasberg the conductor of the title Eliasberg conducts the rather secon

  3. says:

    My interest in Sarah uigley’s fourth novel The Conductor was piued when I read its description amongst the titles listed in the IMPAC longlis

  4. says:

    This story takes place in Leningrad between the spring of 1941 and the summer of 1942 and is based on a true historical event In the autumn of 1942 the Nazis began the siege of Leningrad as they attempted to starve and bo

  5. says:

    This is a truly great book Great as in the sense of good inspirational deeply moving yet unsentimental The heroism of the musicians who battled starvation and exhaustion to learn and perform Shostakovitch' 7th Symphony while the city was besieged and cut off and of their conductor who inspired and cajoled them into achieving the impossible is

  6. says:

    I bought this to read on my way to St Petersburg and because I had enjoyed Julian Barnes' The Noise of Time I just couldn't get into it though

  7. says:

    Although uigley's writing was eminently readable and even contained moments of really uite nice writing overall the book failed to have the impact that I think it was intended to have or at least the one that I thought it wo

  8. says:

    A book that is maybe evolving about an atmosphere than about the story as such This might be a bit disappointing in the first part of the book where several characters are introduced along with a beginning story It seems at first the book is about to evolve around a story of one of those characters which becom

  9. says:

    I found it very difficult to rate this book For than the first half I found it very slow going I found the characters with a couple of exceptions Sonya for one uite flat and hard to empathise with There seemed to be no distinct plot a

  10. says:

    The human cost of war is a subject that has been expounded upon by many writers but seldom do we read about the human face of historical events and the art that transcends them Sarah uigly has created a ficitionalisation of Shostakovich's endeavour to compose his seventh symphony amongst the devastation of Hitler's invasion of Len

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