The Silver Swan

The Silver Swan A debut novel about a daughter grappling with the legacy of her famous and imposing cellist father the secrets he has hidden from her and the fate of his great Stradivarius cello Alexander Feldmann

  • Title: The Silver Swan
  • Author: Elena Delbanco
  • ISBN: 9781590517161
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
  • A debut novel about a daughter grappling with the legacy of her famous and imposing cellist father, the secrets he has hidden from her, and the fate of his great Stradivarius cello Alexander Feldmann is a revered and sought after performer whose prodigious talent, striking good looks and worldly charm prove irresistible to all who hear and encounter him After years of sA debut novel about a daughter grappling with the legacy of her famous and imposing cellist father, the secrets he has hidden from her, and the fate of his great Stradivarius cello Alexander Feldmann is a revered and sought after performer whose prodigious talent, striking good looks and worldly charm prove irresistible to all who hear and encounter him After years of searching, he acquires a glorious cello, The Silver Swan, a rare Stradivarius masterpiece long lost to the world of music Mariana is Alexander s only child and the maestro has large ambitions for her By the age of nineteen she emerges as a star cellist in her own right, and is seen as the inheritor of her father s genius There are whispers that her career might well outpace his Mariana believes The Silver Swan will one day be hers, until a stunning secret from her father s past entwines her fate and that of The Silver Swan in ways she could never have imagined.

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    1. The Silver Swan by Elena Delbanco is a story about a beautiful cello called the Silver Swan. The Silver Swan is a Stradivarius with beautiful silver swans on the carved wooden scroll. Alexander Feldmann, a famous cellist, owned the instrument. Mariana, his daughter, was raised playing the beautiful cello and was always told that the cello would belong to her one day. Mariana takes care of her father when he gets older and needs assistance. After he passes away, she goes to the reading of the wil [...]

    2. Ах този Александър, дори и след смъртта си е по-споменаван Много съм разочарована. Корицата подвежда, че историята ще е красива. Нищо подобно. Единствената дума, с която мога да я опиша е скучна. А развръзката между Мариана и Клод Не искам да пиша спойлери, ноо. кръвосмешение W [...]

    3. Musical prodigy Alexander Friedman mesmerized all those he performed for --- none more than his adoring daughter and only child, Mariana. When he passes away a hole is left in her life. However, not nearly as much as when she learns his prized possession --- the Silver Swan violin --- is left to another relative instead of her. What proceeds takes a big step down from this interesting beginning. Where the Silver Swan could have been made more mysterious, possibly even supernatural, instead it is [...]

    4. A fascinating novel, this audiobook is narrated by Amanda Lee Cobb. Here is the very good review that says everything I need to say about it./review/showThe only thing I would have like included in the audiobook would be MUCH MORE CELLO PLAYING.Three stars, and recommended for lovers of romance novels, or classical music. Or cellists.

    5. Alexander Feldman is a virtuoso violinist and well regarded teacher who is sought after for his talents and revered by the music community. He is also volatile, passionate, and sometimes cruel. In the middle of his career, he bought the Silver Swan, a Stradivarius cello, to play for his career and pass on to his daughter, Mariana. She performs and teaches well herself, but abruptly quits her career after a failed concert and a scandal involving a years long affair with a married conductor. Now, [...]

    6. A mix of high-brow [distinguished cellists and a rare Stradivarius] and low-brow [affairs, questionable paternity, revenge] in a compact novel makes this an ideal summer read. Author Elena Delbanco knows the music world—her father was a prominent cellist who owned a Stradivarius—she knows this subject and utilized that knowledge to effectively advance the storylines. The only child of world-renowned cellist Alexander Feldmann inherits less than she expected when he dies. Instead his precious [...]

    7. A page-turner. It’s engrossing. It’s a fictionalized biography of the author’s family. Her father, Bernard Greenhouse, is recreated here as “Alexander,” a renowned cellist, as was Greenhouse, a member of the Beaux Arts Trio and owner of the “Silver Swan” – a 17th cello built by Stradivarius. It’s worth a fortune. Alexander, (presumably like Greenhouse), was a faithless, narcissistic bastard. Yet the daughter (the author) infuses the tale with genuine love and affection—this d [...]

    8. 4.5 starsDelbanco’s debut is full of passion, secrets and revelations, a concert for all senses. With music as her polestar, beautiful backdrops and a vividly descriptive dialogue she creates a masterful symphony of words. Her star(s) including the Stradivarius are interesting, eccentric and engaging and her chorus of co-stars give the read complexity. But it's the turbulence of emotions she puts Mariana and Claude through that make this a keeper! When cellist virtuoso Alexander Feldmann dies [...]

    9. Want a little high-brow mixed with low-brow? Turn on your favorite symphony, grab this book, and head for your favorite reading spot. Alexander Feldmann is one of the world's best, if not the best, cellists (although as an individual he's a despicable excuse for a husband, father, or friend). His daughter, Mariana, is his protege. The most important "being" in his life, however, is The Silver Swan, his beloved Stradivarius cello. Mariana puts her own career on hold to nurse her ailing and aging [...]

    10. This is a wonderful, literate soap opera. I guess it could be called How the Classical World Turns. The Silver Swan of the title is an exquisite cello made in the 18th century, a Stradivarius of the absolute highest quality. It is played by a world famous extremely handsome cellist, to be bequeathed to his ravishingly lovely daughter when he dies. There are affairs, emotionally neglected family members, and various secrets revealed along the way. I really liked this book, but I think by devotion [...]

    11. This was a beautifully written novel, but I confess that I found the cast of characters to be a little cold. I also predicted the book's twist extremely early, hoping all the while that I was wrong. Unfortunately, I wasn't. In truth, while the "twist" made sense (all things considered), I wanted more creativity from the big reveal. Overall, this is a book that will keep you reading, and while Mariana Feldmann is a well drawn protagonist, the Silver Swan itself does a pretty good job getting the [...]

    12. This was a giveaway I won. beautifully written. a predictable ending that was predicted from before the half way point which doesn't help. some good moments, but not enough to keep it interestinge other moments of the book were boring.

    13. As a former musician, I loved this book about musicians, their precious instruments, their life style, performance and practice. Set in New York, Europe, and the Berkshires (Tanglewood) this is the story of a young woman, Mariana, whose father, Alexander, was a world famous solo cellist. He also owned a world famous Stradivarius mentioned in the books title. Ultimately an self-centered, egotistical and fillandering man, he puts so much pressure on Mariana's musical career to follow in his footst [...]

    14. An interesting book where the cello is the main character. Said cello is a Stradivarius named Silver Swan, owned by Alexander Feldman, a famous cellist. His only daughter Mariana has given up her star cello career to take care of him in their Berkshires house. Mariana believes she will inherit the Swan, but a former pupil does. After several European trips, a secret is revealed, which surprises everyone. An enjoyable and somewhat suspenseful read.

    15. Историята започна добре - баща, известен музикант, дъщеря с талант, която в последните му години е останала да се грижи за него; смърт, завещание и един великолепен инструмент Сребърния лебед. И от там нещата не потръгнаха при мен, като така и не харесах нито един от героите.

    16. I went in hoping for a music plot and instead found a family drama. Pacing was very good and evocative settings, particularly her NYC descriptions, but I never heard the music. I came to the show for the music.

    17. I picked up the book for the music, but I discovered there was more love description than music. However, the raw emotions of betrayal and discovering the real truth of the past redeem the book in my disappointment of my expectations

    18. Easy to read and entertaining although formulaic. It has more of a love story thread than I thought it would have and the true relationship between Mariana and Claude came as no surprise.

    19. Romantic Music with a FlawAs a musician myself, I generally stay away from novels about music, because the authors so rarely get it right. But Elena Delbanco is the daughter of the late Bernard Greenhouse, the founding cellist of the Beaux Arts Trio, who played on a famous Stradivarius. So she should know about musicians, their egos, and their instruments. And as co-founder of the Bennington Writing Workshops, she can presumably write. At the beginning, I was seduced by Delbanco's smooth style a [...]

    20. The plot for The Silver Swan was a strange combination of the films Intermezzo and Serendipity. Being a staunch classic film admirer, I would never dream of pairing Kate Beckinsale and Leslie Howard together but in this case, with a crazed composer and the makings of a wrong place wrong time subplot I think it would work.While the story may have started out predictable it soon took a different turn. Greed was a major theme in Delbanco's plot. Marianna, unable to cope with the loss of the pricele [...]

    21. This was an enjoyable book simply because the subject matter, an invaluable Stradivarius violincello, is new and different.Alexander Feldman is an international performer. Very handsome and charming, Alexander spends years searching for the Silver Swan, a rare Stradivarius masterpiece. His only child, Mariana, is a star cellist in her own right. Mariana tends to Alexander in his waning days. When she arrives for the reading of his will, more secrets than she could ever have imagined are revealed [...]

    22. NOTE: To read the full review, visit my post.*Disclaimer: I received this e-galley from Netgalley and Other Press in exchange for an honest review.The first thing that appealed to me about the book was that it had nothing to do with what I normally read. I haven't read many books about musicians so far. And when I read an excerpt of this book something about the tone of the story and the narrative appealed to me.There's a cinematic feel to this book. The way the scenes are put together, with the [...]

    23. This book disappointed me on several levels. But first I'll preface this review by saying I love classical music. I go to the symphony often and have my girls involved heavily in music lessons and orchestra. With that being said, I was really excited to read this book about a famous cellist, his cellist daughter and a rare & valuable cello. But what was set up perfectly to be such an interesting story (the original silver swan cello and it's 9 replicas) could have made for an interesting min [...]

    24. If you are a cello enthusiast, this is the book for you! I know I would have enjoyed this book more if I had more knowledge of the stringed instruments in general, but enjoying string quartet music, at least gave me the impetus to finish this story. The Silver Swan of the title is actually the name of a fictional, rare Stradavarius, it's history, it's owner, and it's "would be" heirs. When the famous cellist/owner passes away, it is assumed the instrument is willed to his only daughter. That doe [...]

    25. I liked it right up until the true relationship of the characters was revealed . . . I'd half guessed that was the case, but then discarded it based on the way the two were interacting with each other. When it turned out I was right . . . . it just felt wrong. So maybe that means it was really well done, but mostly I just found it ooky. Plus, the write ups implied there'd be lots of cool stuff about symphonies and stringed instruments and, except for the cello which was the catalyst of much of t [...]

    26. I have very mixed feelings about this book. The writing is beautiful and very musical, befitting of the subject matter. It's a very quick read as I finished it in one sitting. However, I found the characters to be lacking and I didn't really feel sympathy for any of them. The few whom I did like didn't seem fully fleshed out. My biggest complaint would be the predictability of the final "shock" in this novel. I saw it coming a mile away and, while still disturbing, missed the mark. I was left ho [...]

    27. This was a tale of many relationships all started with Alexander Feldmann and his relationships with others.Some of them are legit and others are questionable.He is a very talented cello player and teacher of it also.The book centers around him and how he relates to others and ultimately how those relationships spread and connect to people he doesn't even consider most of the time-he is soo focused into music.Even when he dies,he has long term effects that are far reaching.It goes to show we don [...]

    28. Dear Book,I had high hopes. Very high hopes. As a musician myself, I was ready to embrace whatever adventures you would throw at me. Instead, I found myself halfheartedly wading through the first 50 pages. And then(view spoiler)[ you gave me a pathetic soap opera with incest mixed in for an extremely bitter aftertaste(hide spoiler)]. Did I mention that there was no character development? I could have cared less about any of them. There was nothing endearing or even slightly memorable about the s [...]

    29. I have very mixed feelings about this book. The writing is beautiful and very musical, befitting of the subject matter. However, I found the characters to be lacking and I didn't really feel sympathy for any of them. The few whom I did like didn't seem fully fleshed out. My biggest complaint would be the predictability of the final "shock" in this novel. I saw it coming a mile away and, while still disturbing, missed the mark. I was left hoping for more of a character study.Delbanco is obviously [...]

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