As a literature professor by day, by night I am an avid reader of Lauren Belfer’s novels – she never disappoints and I am always awaiting her next novel. Does this book contain any coarse or foull language (such as the "F" word) or graphic sexual scenes? AFTER THE FIRE is book four of the Contemporary Christian Romance Series, EMBERS & ASHES. The plot entails two converging chronological time lines, one starting with J.S. In the past we meet Sara Levy who receives the Bach cantata from her piano teacher Bach's son. Timeless. For me the highlight of the book was the survey of Jewish life in Berlin from time of Bach until WWII. This work and its disturbing message will haunt Sara and her family for generations to come. The premise is that an unknown Bach cantata has been found. It is rather creepy when an author makes money by defaming historical figures who are in no position to defend themselves. No glossed over or dismissed perching of children in this book, This was a hard book to review. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, + No Import Fees Deposit & $9.48 Shipping to Singapore. So much emotions and feelings packed into this novel! To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Nevertheless, this novel ended up being a big let-down for me. I read this book on a cruise ship last fall ... and left it behind for the ship library. Unable to add item to List. Beautiful writing, engaging characters, page turning story lines. Directed by Guido Verweyen. Bach's real-life music-teacher son and his harpsichord student, the later salon hostess, Sara Itzig Levy, and coming down the line through a series of generations entrusted to protect a "lost," potentially valuable and historically important, but scurrilously anti-Semitic, Bach cantata until it is taken at the end of WW II by a US soldier who later leaves it to his niece, Susanna Kessler, who in the second, and current time line, has to decide what to do with it. I knew nothing about this topic so I really found it fascinating, especially the life of Sarah Levy, the strong matriarch, and incredibly talented Fanny Mendolssohn. Filled with history, gorgeous descriptions of music, and people both real and imagined. The story was (for the most part) believable, and, as with other books I most appreciate, made me want to set off on research of my own. It's completely understandable that he shuts down and becomes sick both physically and mentally after learning Johnny died from his injuries during the fire and Dally was killed by the police. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Free UK p&p over £10, online orders only. “Between some of the lines of music, words had been written, hastily” as the person writing them was in a haste. 4.3 stars actually. Nothing especially detailed sexually - a couple of dainty sentences in the second half of the book, and there is a relatively mild description of a rape in the first half, so CW for sexual violence. It turned out to be a hitherto unknown cantata by Bach -- but the words are harsh and awfully anti-Jewish. I felt completely immersed in the life and times of Sara Itzig Levy and I was intrigued to learn about Fanny Mendelssohn. The manuscript is a lost cantata by none other than Johann Sebastian Bach. Be sure to read the author's notes at the end and listen to the playlist she created on Spotify that includes the music feature in the novel. She alternates the story smoothly between a contemporary woman in New York, and a Jewish family in Germany, following several generations, beginning in the mid 1700's. In the past we meet Sara Levy who receives the Bach cantata from her piano teacher Bach's son. AND AFTER THE FIRE has received the inaugural Book Club Award of the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards. He has… These is an undercurrent of the approaching doom woven into the story, in skilled and subtle ways. The only reason that I didn't give this book 5 stars was because I believe that by the last 80 pages , the composition took a bench seat and wasn't talked as much anymore , and that to me was surprising since I though that the book would be about that. Although this book is a little confusing at first, as Moonbeam reveals more and more about the compound and cult before and after the fire, the story becomes more clear. Keyboard player Peter Banks originally formed the band in 1972 in London, England. The author Lauren Belfer has written two excellent works of historical fiction; A FIERCE RADIANCE and THE CITY OF LIGHT. The book also has a useful section of Discussion Questions for study and teaching in schools. When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father's War and What Remains, The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction), Blindspot: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle), “[Belfer’s] virtuoso novel…epitomizes Faulkner’s epigram that the past is never dead―or even past. In America, in 2010, his niece, Susanna Kessler, struggles to rebuild her life after experiencing a devastating act of violence. Jojen and Meera Reed were significant characters on Game of Thrones, but one potentially very important character in the books was only seen once in a flashback on the show.. Howland Reed, father of Jojen and Meera, is the only living person who actually knows who Jon is, he was with Ned at the Tower of Joy so is likely the key witness who can actually prove that Jon is actually the … Please try again. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. After the Fire then went through several personnel changes before settling on Banks, guitarist and vocalist Andy Piercy, bassist Nick Battle, and drummer Ivor Twydell. Bach. A fascinating read illuminating a world where classical music was regularly performed in homes and concert halls. I loved the way Lauren Belfer handles difficult topics in history and the present. Nothing especially detailed sexually - a couple of dainty sentences in the second half of the book, and there is a relatively mild description of a ra. Very interesting book, bit lacking in drama, Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2020. WE DID NOT RECOGNIZE THEM AS OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS. Please try your request again later. They tease our minds so that we want to pursue further research about music, art, history, science, languages, and literature. While struggling to overcame the impacts of violence in her own life, wonders about the history of this manuscript and how it arrived into her uncle's hands, so hires an experienced professor to confirm the content determine any possible value. I know very little about musicology, Bach or authentication, so I learned a lot. [Sometimes the gaps in time are too much, like at the end. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. I knew nothing about this topic so I really found it fascinating, especially the life of Sarah Levy, the strong matriarch, and incredibly talen. She is a writer of acclaim, and the subject matter, or so I thought, is right up my alley. But home where? the phrase "after the fire" appe. Both center on murders related to important scientific discoveries, one deals with hydroelectric power outside Buffalo, and the other the development of penicillin during World War II. I found the subject matter intriguing, enjoyed getting glimpses into 18th and 19th century lives of beloved musicians and the mystery behind a (fictional) never-before-discovered Bach manuscript. As she researches the manuscript she meets Dan Eckhardt a professor and Bach expert and Scott Sittenfeld who is also a Bach specialist. As in her first book City of Light, Belfer grabs the reader from the beginning and holds on until the last sentence.” —Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore “‘And After the Fire’ is a bold and hugely ambitious novel with the transfixing appeal of a best-seller.” —The Buffalo News I have been a big fan of Lauren Belfer since reading her first historical novel, City of Light. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. The man. The novel swells with life’s great themes―love and death, family and faith ―and the insistent, dark music of loss.” (. This is a well-conceived, well-researched fantasy novel, peppered with enough factual information to make it plausible. Composing, seeking outlets for their creativity. Hoping my husband will love it as much as I did! An interesting idea, but in my opinion, poorly executed. But calling it that and comparing it to the light and fluffy (though still gorgeous and excellent) books of that genre does After the Fire a huge dis-service. “IN SHAME AND SORROW CHRISTIANS KEEP IN MEMORY THE JEWISH CITIZENS OF THIS CITY. Hill is clear that After The Fire is a fiction. However, this one, has a unique perspective in that it is also about Bach and Hensel and Mendolssohn and life in general in the musical community in Germany in the late 1700s/early 1800s. I love WWII historical fiction in general but I have read so much of it and they all start to blur together. He seems to be a young adult to middle-aged. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Belfer’s novels take us to different periods in history, to different continents. After the Fire is published by Harvill Secker. This”. The historical sections held my attention more raptly than t. After the Fire combines music history, especially in regard to the music of Bach, with the history of Jewish culture in Germany, for about 150 years prior to WWII. Bach. His description of the plot reflected and drew upon the infamous Waco siege in Texas in the 1990s. She becomes determined to discover what it is and to return it to its rightful owner, a journey that will challenge her preconceptions about herself and her family’s history—and also offer her an opportunity to finally make peace with the past. Lauren Belfer's book, And After the Fire, gets three stars mainly for what I learned about music history. However, he based the story of After The Fire on real events. A previously unknown manuscript of a cantata by the illustrious Johann Sebastian Bach is found by an American soldier at the end of WWII. We learn about a young contemporary woman who inherits what might be an original J.S. The story shifts between the past and present as the sheet music passes from one person to another and ended up in postwar Germany. This story is about much more than WWII and the holocaust. Refresh and try again. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. To order a copy for £15.29 (RRP £17.99) go to bookshop.theguardian.com or call 0330 333 6846. Interweaving the stories of Susanna and Sara, and their families, And After the Fire traverses more than two hundred years of history, seamlessly melding past and present, real and imagined. When I read the synopsis for this novel it caught my attention for two reasons: Firstly, I’m a musician with a love of both classical music and history. Jewish Book Council. I felt completely immersed in the life and times of Sara Itzig Levy and I was intrigued to learn about Fanny Mendelssohn. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 24, 2020. The heroine is gifted a manuscript by her deceased uncle who brought it back from Germany with him after the war. The historical sections held my attention more raptly than the comtemporary, although I enjoyed both. IN 1945 IT WAS 70. I was surprised by some of the things I learned about my own religion. When Henry’s niece, Susanna Kessler, inherits the manuscript in 2010, she discovers that it is a lost cantata by J.S. I highly recommend it. Timeless. Also, I felt the author had an agenda: to show the horrors of antisemitism throughout the centuries by highlighting the way Christians contributed to this, from Luther and Bach to German Christians who supported Hitler. As a literature professor by day, by night I am an avid reader of Lauren Belfer’s novels – she never. Couldn’t for the life of me figure out the title, but I may be a little dense. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. It calls up Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, the book's 50-year-old antecedent. But I still think about the story. His debut novel was Department 19, the first in a five book series which was a bestseller in the UK and translated into more than a dozen languages.