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The Time of Our Singing

A Novel

A magnificent, multifaceted novel about a supremely gifted -- and divided -- family, set against the backdrop of postwar America
On Easter day, 1939, at Marian Anderson's epochal concert on the Washington Mall, David Strom, a German Jewish émigré scientist, meets Delia Daley, a young Philadelphia Negro studying to be a singer. Their mutual love of music draws them together, and--against all odds and better judgment--they marry. They vow to raise their children beyond time, beyond identity, steeped in song. But their three children must survive America's brutal here and now. Jonah, Joseph, and Ruth grow up during the Civil Rights era, come of age in the violent 1960s, and live out adulthood in the racially retrenched late century. Jonah, the eldest, "whose voice could make heads of state repent," follows a life in his parents' beloved classical music. Ruth, the youngest, chooses a militant activism and repudiates the white culture her brother represents. Joseph, the middle child and the narrator of this generational tale, struggles to remain connected to them both.
The Time of Our Singing is a story of self-invention, allegiance, race, cultural ownership, the compromised power of music, and the tangled loops of time that rewrite all belonging.
Portrait
Richard Powers, 1957 geboren, studierte Physik, arbeitete als Programmierer, bis er mit 32 seinen ersten Roman nach einer Fotografie von August Sander schrieb: »Three Farmers On Their Way To a Dance«. Seither entstanden sieben weitere Bücher, auf deutsch erschienen »Galatea 2.2« und bei S. Fischer »Schattenflucht« (2001).

Seine Bücher wurden mehrfach ausgezeichnet, seine Beiträge erschienen in der »New York Times«, »Esquire«, »Times« und »Harper's«.
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Seitenzahl 640, (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 01.01.2004
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9780374706418
Verlag Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Buchhändler-Empfehlungen

„Where there is song, you can safely stay, wicked people have no songs.“

Johanna Braithwaite, Buchhandlung Basel

This 600 page heavyweight of a book is not for the occasional reader, it takes dedication and determination to get through it. Nevertheless it was one of the most remarkable books that I have read this year!
The story is very dense and complex, but the author manages to paint a brilliant portrait of America and its racial and cultural
This 600 page heavyweight of a book is not for the occasional reader, it takes dedication and determination to get through it. Nevertheless it was one of the most remarkable books that I have read this year!
The story is very dense and complex, but the author manages to paint a brilliant portrait of America and its racial and cultural problems of the 20th century through the lives of three very musically talented siblings and their mixed-race parents.
I dare you to pick it up!

a quote from the book on page 385
„...Thats what being black in this country means. You'll never know anything. When they give you change and won't put it in your hand? When they cross the street a block down from you? Maybe they just had to cross the street. All you know for sure is that everyone hates you, hates you for catching them in a lie about everthing they've ever thought of themselves...“

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