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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. My interest in Sarah uigley s fourth novel The Conductor was piued when I read its description amongst the titles listed in the IMPAC longlist It s the story of how the 7th Leningrad Symphony came to be composed by Shostakovich and then broadcast on August 9th 1942 by a raggle taggle orchestra during the 900 day Siege of Leningrad in the Second World WarIt s well written historical fiction shedding light on the interior lives of three main historical figures composer Dmitri Shostakovich the conductor of the Radio Orchestra Karl Eliasberg and the musician Nikolai Nikolayev The story begins with the rumours that Hitler might be about to renege on the pact he had with Stalin when life among the cultural elite is a m lange of backstabbing jealousies and gossip and Eliasberg is only on the fringes because a radio orchestra is not in the same league as the Philharmonic led by the great MravinskyWith the outbreak of war civilians are enlisted to erect defensive measures and there is the rush to enlist The Philharmonic is evacuated to Siberia while Shostakovich takes up fire watching duties by night while trying to compose by day uigley s portrait of a creative driven soul trying to find solitude to in order to compose is heart wrenching he is always torn between the urgent need to record the scraps of music in his brain and the need to be there for his family He has two irrepressible children and a long suffering irritable wife and his position as an eminent musician means that unlike most citizens of the city when conditions deteriorate further he is offered evacuation He has to choose between loyalty to his city serving it both creative and practical ways and loyalty to his family and his obligation to protect themTo read the rest of my review please visit

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The Conductor

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. 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 If it makes sense it was too fictionalised for me The conversation seemed banal at times and although I was interested in a couple of the characters I didn t much care for them Back on the shelf Maybe I ll manage to finish it one day

Sarah Quigley ô 6 Summary

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. 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 would have It was enjoyable but ephemeral I didn t particularly care when I reached the end nor feel any emotion positive or negative for the charactersPartially this may have to do with unmet expectations The book takes place in the context of the German siege of Leningrad during World War II and against the starvation death and misery of that time The dust jacket blurb makes much of the fact that the book is about the titular conductor Eliasberg preparing his second rate orchestra for the task of a lifetime He is to conduct a performance of Shostakovich s Seventh Symphony a haunting defiant new piece which will be relayed by loudspeakers to the front lines Eliasberg s musicians are starving and scarcely have the strength to carry their instruments But for five freezing months the conductor stubbornly drives them onwards to perfection depriving those who falter of their bread rations Slowly the music begins to dissolve the nagging hunger the exploding streets the slow deaths but at what cost Eliasberg s relationships are strained obsession takes hold and his orchestra is growing weaker Now it s a struggle not just to perform but to stay alive This is a profoundly moving novel about the resilience of the human spirit and the emotive power of great musicExcept it s notThe book is exactly 300 pages long Eliasberg is given the order to perform the symphony on page 248 The rest of the book is less a heart tugging paean to the power of the human spirit than an oddly insubstantial narrative hung on three oddly flat main characters of which the most opaue and seemingly least important is Eliasberg None of the characters are particularly well developed In fact the three main ones can be summed up in just a few words apiece Shostakovich selfmusic absorbed fickle Nikolai depressed Eliasberg resentful inhibitedThe descriptions of Shostakovich s drive for composition are engaging and give substance to his chapters that the other two main characters lack As a result I found myself regarding him as the primary character and certainly the most interesting despite the fact that he s not supposedly the main character We re supposed to feel deeply for these characters but they are just sketches really too two dimensional to carry our emotion Combined with some glaring examples of too obvious exposition As she disappeared from sight he felt a conviction stronger than he d ever felt that one day she would be his wife As an example the whole book ends up feeling sketchy as in it s a first attempt that needs further fleshing outSo I m left with a uestion was the decision to title the book The Conductor and bill it as being all about that performance of the Seventh Symphonya a reflection of the author s original intention which was never brought to fruitionb a reflection of a focus for the narrative that is somehow too subtle for the reader to grasp orc an attempt by the publisher to disguise the fact that this is mostly a book about Shostakovich and perhaps World War II era RussiaI d like to think that the answer is a Certainly there is promise to the book and I think that given a couple hundred pages and several revision sessions uigley might have gotten there As it is it feels like white bread nice to look at but insubstantial


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 Russ

  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 tryin

  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 longli

  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 eve

  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 a story that richly deserves to enter into the stuff off legend Sarah uigley might just have helpe

  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 If it makes sense it was too fictionalised for me The conversation seemed banal at times and although I was interested in a couple of the characters I didn't much care for them Bac

  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 would have It was enjoyable but ephemeral; I didn't particularly care when I reached the end nor feel any emotion positive or negative for the charactersPartially this may have to do with unmet expectations The book take

  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

  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 di

  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 histori