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    David Leavitt(Author)

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Paul Porterfield's dreams of becoming a concert pianist are spurred on when he acts as a page turner at a recital given by the brilliant, temperamental Richard Kennington. Months later, whileon holiday with his pushy mother in Rome, Paul meets Richard again. Their earlier attraction develops into an intense affair which is abruptly ended by Richard's return to America. Embittered, Paul throws himself into his studies at music school but soon realises that he cannot be just a page turner all his life.

With artful storytelling, wrenching honesty and arch humour, David Leavitt reveals the bittersweet truths of strained relationships and failed ambitions in his finest novel to date.

A beautifully written, elegant story ... perfect (TIME OUT)Gripping ... Leavitt has always been an erotic and erudite writer but in THE PAGE TURNER his elegance has acquired a greater emotional depth.Bravo (EVENING STANDARD)Shrewdly insightful ... Leavitt's deceptively easy style covers a lot of ground with seemingly little effort (GAY TIMES)Moving and thought-provoking (LITERARY REVIEW)

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  • PDF | 256 pages
  • David Leavitt(Author)
  • Little, Brown; Prima edizione (First Edition, First Impression) edition (26 Mar. 1998)
  • English
  • 8
  • Gay & Lesbian

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  • By Anakina on 15 September 2014

    One thing which I was pleasantly surprised by in this book is the extreme beauty of the prose. I came across it by accident and I was struck by the wonderful sound that seemed to come from the written words. I must admit that this aspect, coupled with the fact that in the particular moment when I read it I was just looking for such a reading, could replace something else that I liked less, including the plot that was not exactly in my comfort zone, even if, going forward with the reading, I found it at times very funny.The character of the mother of the protagonist is a wee bit stereotypical and over the top, to stretch a bit into becoming two-dimensional, like all women in this novel, while the male characters are much more credible.Perhaps another aspect that left me puzzled was the feeling of incompleteness that I got at the end of the reading. There are many opportunities to take advantage of to develop a much longer and more complex story, but just when things start to come to life, the story ends, leaving a bitter taste in your mouth. I wondered what would happen to the protagonist and the other main characters. I wondered what was the motivation behind the book, what the author had really wanted to tell. I got the impression that he did nothing but offer us a glimpse into a world, that of classical music (and all human affairs that go around it), but he didn’t really intend to show us a path that would go towards an end.There is also to say that sometimes it is better to end a story without completing it instead of giving it an ending running into banality. Also for this reason, the extremely open ending, although on the one hand it seems to be a lack, perhaps could become valuable.Of course the title is very fitting: it is a real “page turner”, that is a book from which is difficult to break away and that you can read in a flash, because it isn’t very long.Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli, author of Red Desert - Point of No Return


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