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Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland where the horrors of the Second World War seem only a distant echo An only child he lives alone with Emilie the mother he adores but who treats him with bitter severity He begins an intense friendship with a Jewish boy his age talente. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to BookendGustav Perle lives with his mother in a small town in Switzerland While the horrors of the Second World War are still a distant echo Gustav makes the acuaintance of a little Jewish boy named Anton Zwiebel initiating a friendship that is not supported by Gustav s openly anti Semitic mother but nevertheless lasts a lifetime The Gustav Sonata can be broken down into three section each with its virtues though the third section of the book leaves something to be desired The opening third of the book introduces young Gustav who makes for an adorable protagonist He is loyal to his mother though she is generally severe and short tempered due to the strain of their difficult financial circumstances There s an endearing degree of charm to be found in Gustav s naivety and limited understanding of the world Every year on August 1st Swiss National Day Emilie set posies of gentian flowers round the photograph and made Gustav kneel down in front of it and pray for his father s soul Gustav didn t understand what a soul was He could see only that his father was a good looking man with a confident smile wearing a police uniform with shiny buttons So Gustav decided to pray for the buttons that they would keep their shine and that his father s proud smile wouldn t fade as the years passed The way Gustav and Anton s friendships unfolds is particularly sweet Perhaps it was the idea of Anton playing the piano with his small hands or perhaps it was when Anton told him that his surname was Zwiebel which was identical to the word for onion and made you feel sorry for him whatever it was there was something about Anton which made Gustav feel that he had to protect him And this was the first time that he heard Anton laugh And it was the kind of laugh that couldn t be resisted you had to join in and suddenly the two boys couldn t stop giggling Travelling back in time the second section of the book explores the relationship between Gustav s parents before and leading up to the moment when he was born This section is emotionally fraught and reveals how Gustav s mother Emilie arrived at such a hateful and angry way of thinking however a strong argument could be made that her negative attitude is sorely misplaced Emilie s story allows readers to better understand why she s not the loving mother Gustav deserves though she continues to be a character that s easy to detest Where much insight is gained from the second section of the book it seems to have no bearing on the third and final section where the book arguably loses its way In the third section The Gustav Sonata shifts forward in time to examine the relationship between Old Gustav and his mother as well as between Gustav and Anton when they are both in their sixties Gustav comes to some startling realizations but otherwise the moment when everything in the book ought to have been woven together comes and goes without satisfaction and the book reaches a conclusion that is both somber and underwhelming And Gustav thought yes that is how life is always arranged with one living thing being chosen over another and the loser sent away to hunger and solitude The Gustav Sonata starts strong but ultimately presents itself as a disjointed story that may leave some readers feeling miffed

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The Gustav Sonata

Rd through the lives and careers of Gustav and Anton The Gustav Sonata explores the passionate love of childhood friendship as it's lost transformed and regained over a lifetime It's a powerful and deeply moving addition to the beloved oeuvre of one of our greatest contemporary novelist. This is a really beautiful and fragile story about Gustav and Anton who become best friends as five year olds It s a story about their friendship but it s also a story about the twists and turns life can take and how your destiny can change when you choose the wrong path I loved how this book takes place in Switzerland and for the most part during the cold autumnal and wintry months It added to the cold and reflective atmosphere that is prevalent throughout this novel The first part in which we get to meet Gustav and learn about his growing friendship with Anton was the strongest in my eyes We then go back in time to learn about Gustav s parents which was a very important part but not as special The ending of the book was enchanting yet heart breaking and Rose Tremain makes sure to wrap up their two lives beautifully over the span of only 240 pagesOverall I don t think I ve ever read a book uite like this before Its ambiance and its themes were something special and I definitely recommend it

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D and mercurial Anton Zweibel a budding concert pianist The novel follows Gustav’s family tracing the roots of his mother’s anti Semitism and its impact on her son and his beloved friend Moving backward to the war years and the painful repercussions of an act of conscience and forwa. The predominant theme of this novel is the containment of strong emotion Whenever someone attempts to make his or her feelings known disappointment seems the inevitable conseuence Fitting then that it is set in a small town in Switzerland the home of neutrality However the country s position of neutrality is severely tested during WW2 when many fleeing Jews cross her borders This novel is all about those moments when a position of emotional restraint is severely tested and no longer possible Also at the heart of the novel is the nature of the sonata a musical form containing three movements of conflicting emotional moods classified in one particular example as the goodbye the absence and the return The narrative begins in 1947 Gustav is five living in impoverished conditions and can t win the love of his mother who always smells of cheese thanks to her job at the local Emmental factory A sidenote emmental gets my vote for the worst cheese ever manufactured Only inside a baguette with jamon while sitting in the Jardin du Luxembourg does it not taste like processed vomit to me Gustav knows next to nothing about his father except that he is dead and a hero But because Gustav s mother isn t a trustworthy voice we re dubious about the nature of this heroism Especially when we learn this act of heroism led to the family s impoverishment And when we find out she doesn t like Jews we begin to suspect his heroism might have involved some reprehensible act in his role as assistant police chief towards the Jews entering Swizterland As in all good mysteries Tremain is tremendously clever in disclosing only teasers at encouraging us to read between the lines Part two flashes back to the war years before Gustav was born and we encounter a pivotal moment when Gustav s father angry at her refusal to educate herself about the war pushes his wife and she falls and loses her child From this point on Gustav s mother becomes a woman without ualities the portrait of her is very harsh while his father is chastened into a better version of himself The central narrative though concerns the friendship of Gustav and Anton The surface of this novel is great The writing is tremendously easy on the eye It s a novel you can skip through I was though a little confused about what was going on beneath the surface what it was actually trying to say I suppose it never really takes any position mirroring the neutrality of Switzerland It does a good job of showing characters buffeted by blasts too forceful to resist but for me it was set up much better than it was concluded Its concluding tidiness perhaps not uite ringing true I really enjoyed reading it upon finishing it I was a little confused why This could well be a flaw in my mental capabilities though


10 thoughts on “The Gustav Sonata

  1. says:

    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to BookendGustav Perle lives with his mother in a small town in Switzerland While the horrors of the Second World War are still a distant echo Gustav makes the acuaintance of a little Jewish boy named Anton Zwiebel initiating a friendship that is not supported by Gustav's openly anti Semitic mother but nevertheless lasts a lifetime The

  2. says:

    A beautifully written albeit melancholy story about the friendship of two men who first met when they were young boys Gustav and Anton first meet in kindergarten when Anton arrives crying pitifully The teacher asks Gustav to take Anto

  3. says:

    He thought that if he had been some other boy he would have begun crying or at least whimpering by now but he wasn't he was Gustav Perle He was going to 'master himself' for the sake of his Mutti for the sake of his dead father for the sake

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    The Gustav SonataWhat I most appreciate about The Gustav Sonata is how Rose Tremain tells a story that is at times cruel and morally complex and accomplishes this with surprising clarity and elegant simplicity This is a novel about relationships in all its different forms about the heartbreak of unreuited love about a country caught in a moral dilemma but fundamentally this is a story about two lifelong friends

  5. says:

    This is only the third novel by Rose Tremain that I’ve read but I’m already tempted to add her name to my short list of favorite writers One of the things that I most admire about her as an author is her chameleon like ability t

  6. says:

    The predominant theme of this novel is the containment of strong emotion Whenever someone attempts to make his or her feelings known disappointment seems the inevitable conseuence Fitting then that it is set in a small town in Switzerland the home of neutrality However the country’s position of neutrality is severely tested during WW2 when many fleeing Jews cross her borders This novel is all about those mo

  7. says:

    A tale of Friendship and Love that fell short for me as I felt it lacked a sense of time and place and the story was unconvincing for me What i

  8. says:

    This one was uite different from what I expected but in a good way The Gustav Sonata is told from three different perspectives Part one where Gustav is a small child and he meets his life long friend Anton But he learns some

  9. says:

    This is a really beautiful and fragile story about Gustav and Anton who become best friends as five year olds It's a story about their friendship but it's also a story about the twists and turns life can take and how your destiny can change when you choose the wrong path I loved how this book takes place in Switzerland and for the most part during the cold autumnal and wintry months It added to the cold and reflective atmospher

  10. says:

    This is not a World War II novel Some of it is set during World War II but that isn't what the book is about I'm saying this because I came a