This week for my Friday meme combo I have chosen The Late Starters Orchestra by Ari L. Goldman. I just received this book in the mail today from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and it looks like one I’ll enjoy. GoodReads has the following description:
If you thought a fiddler on a roof was in a precarious position, imagine what happens when a middle-aged professor with a bad back takes up the cello. Ari Goldman hasn’t played in twenty-five years, but he’s decided to give the cello one last chance. He s not that good. But never mind. First he secures a seat in his eleven-year-old son’s youth orchestra, and then he s ready for the big time: the Late Starters Orchestra of New York City a bona fide amateur chamber orchestra for beginning or recently returning adult players.We accompany Goldman to LSO rehearsals (their motto is If you think you can play, you can ) and sit in on his son’s Suzuki lessons (where we find out that children do indeed learn differently from adults). As Goldman meditates on the mysteries of the cello itself, we wonder with him if he’ll be good enough to perform at his next birthday party. Coming to the rescue is the ghost of Goldman’s very first cello teacher, Mr. J, who continues to inspire and guide him about music and more through this enchanting midlife journey.The Late Starters Orchestra reminds us that with a band of friends behind us, anything is possible.
Now for this week’s excerpts:
Book Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post. If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’
The beginning of The Late Starters Orchestra:
Standing in a crowded elevator in midtown Manhattan with a cello strapped to your back is no way to win a popularity contest.
It’s not something I’ve ever tried, although I have been in possession of a tuba in some unusual places, which has not always been fun! This is an interesting beginning and I’m intrigued enough to go on.
The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
It’s that simple.
From page 56 of The Late Starters Orchestra:
The one bright spot in my young life was music. I sang. I sang on the streets and I sang in school and I sang on the subway and I sang in bed and I sang in the synagogue.
I can really identify with this in that I’ve always been around music. At the age of 7 a brass instrument was placed in my hands and I was told to learn it. For most of the time ever since, I’ve been playing some kind of brass instrument in various different bands. I still enjoy it and currently play tuba in a local concert band called Toot Suite. Anyway, I think I’ll take this book on holiday with me and write a review when I get back. I think it’ll be a good read.