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by Richard Powers

  • ISBN: 0374704635
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Richard Powers
  • Subcategory: Literary
  • Other formats: lrf rtf lit lrf
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (T); 1st edition (January 28, 2003)
  • Pages: 289 pages
  • FB2 size: 1290 kb
  • EPUB size: 1622 kb
  • Rating: 4.3
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Also by richard powers. Additional Acclaim for The Time of Our Singing. But no one ever really knew that voice except his family, singing together on those postwar winter nights, with music their last line of defense against the outside and the encroaching cold

Also by richard powers. But no one ever really knew that voice except his family, singing together on those postwar winter nights, with music their last line of defense against the outside and the encroaching cold. They lived in half of a three-story Jersey freestone house that had weathered over half a century to a chocolate brown, tucked up in the northwest corner of Manhattan, a neglected enclave of mixed, mottled blocks where Hamilton Heights shaded off into Washington Heights.

Like Orfeo, this is a book which shines with a deep love and knowledge of music of all kinds. This one centres on a mixed race American family of musical geniuses. But where they gonna build their nest? The Time of Our Singing sings about the fortunes of a mixed American family from 1939 to the present day. A German-Jewish physicist marries a black singer and the uncommon couple gets three children. By making music and singing together, the family creates a world of its own in which race is an insignificant factor. Yet their family is inevitably marked by the prevailing racial inequality.

The Time of Our Singing. Last Updated: March 21, 2018 by semper2013. A magnificent, multifaceted novel about a supremely gifted-and divided-family, set against the backdrop of postwar America. of 2003, Newsday Year in Books Top Ten, Baltimore City Paper Best Fiction of 2003, January Magazine Best Books of 2003, Uncut Magazine (UK) Best Books of 2003, Time Out (London) Books of the Year, London Evening Standard Best Foreign Novel, 2006, Lire (France).

The Time of Our Singing (2003) is a novel by American writer Richard Powers. It tells the story of two brothers, Jonah and Joseph Strom, involved in music, dealing heavily with issues of prejudice. Their parents, David Strom and Delia Daley, met at Marian Anderson's concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after she had been barred from any other legitimate concert venue

Joseph, the middle child and the narrator of this generational tale, struggles to remain connected to them both

Joseph, the middle child and the narrator of this generational tale, struggles to remain connected to them both. The Time of Our Singing is a story of self-invention, allegiance, race, cultural ownership, the compromised power of music, and the tangled loops of time that rewrite all belonging. A magnificent, multifaceted novel about a supremely gifted - and divided - family, set against the backdrop of postwar America.

Richard Powers is a wonder. is beautifully, meticulously crafted. The New York Observer . I can think of no American novelist of his generation who makes a stronger -that the writing of novels is a heroic enterprise, and perhaps even a matter of life and death. One of our most lavishly gifted writers.

Richard Powers takes on music, family and race in The Time of Our Singing. There is no other contemporary American writer quite like Richard Powers. He is, as Sir Cliff Richard once said of Elvis, "a phenomena". The Time of Our Singing is his eighth novel since the boy-genius published Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance in 1985, and, just into his mid-40s, he is a long way from "dropping the feather", as they say.

In some respects, Richard Powers's The Time of Our Singing is just a big, absorbing drama about an. .A dazzling, dense, ingeniously constructed and beautifully written novel, The Time of Our Singing is, perhaps, the first truly great novel of the new century.

In some respects, Richard Powers's The Time of Our Singing is just a big, absorbing drama about an American family, with the typical ingredients of an immigrant. It tells the story of the black Philadelphian Daley family and the marriage of their daughter to a white Jewish emigre in the 1940s and charts the fortunes of their life together, and, most crucially their children.

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Early in Richard Powers's novel about race and music, physicist David .

Early in Richard Powers's novel about race and music, physicist David Strom takes his sons to the Cloisters museum in New York and shows them the unicorn tapestry. Jonah sees it as a representation of a magnificent beast; Joseph sees its pain in captivity. David makes them look more closely. The gradual revelation about the boy – one of the pleasures of the book's later stages – is earned by hard work and planning. Powers takes us through 50 years of activism, from the Anderson concert to Martin Luther King to the Million Man March, and through the particular take on 20th-century physics which is David's career.


Reviews about The Time of Our Singing (7):
Kalv
I purchased this novel on the basis of Richard Powers' skill. I was not expecting anything concerning the Civil Rights movement or the Holocaust but they were woven into the novel naturally and without fanfare. This is certainly not a typical story: there is nothing formula about it. The incorporation of the character's very divergent pasts into a completely believable narrative speaks to Powers' prowess as a novelist as the fiction becomes nonfiction in the reader's mind. I have read other books by Richard Powers but I think this one far surpasses anything he has written so far. I recommend it to anyone who likes a page turner that is not a thriller--the story itself keeps you enthralled.
Lightseeker
This is a powerfully written book. It is the story of a family inhabited by geniuses who suffer mightily because of the prejudice that exists in the USA. Three children,musical geniuses are raised by a Jewish father and African-American mother. The boys pursue their musical careers,all beautifully delineated by the author,but are plagued by racial hatred,blocked ambition and ultimate tragedy. Their sister leaves behind her musical talent in order to actively work for the Civil Rights Movement. This is a story of family building,legacy and conflict. It is as beautiful a book as a well-written and performed rhapsody. I will wax rhapsodic about it and recommend it to everyone who is interested in how the human spirit makes concessions to survive and how environment,cultural expectations and love yearned for forms people. Bravo!,Mr. Powers!
Ral
As sprawling, ambitious, and messy as a Russian epic, Richard Powers's "The Time of Our Singing" weds (literally) two of his early personal interests: his adolescent training as a musician and his collegiate work in physics. He has joined these two disparate halves in a married couple: David Strom, a somewhat befuddled and idealistic German Jewish scientist, and Delia Daley, an African American vocalist whose talents are thwarted by racism. The results of "their sovereign state of two"--this blending of white and black, science and art, theory and pragmatism--are three children: famed singer Jonah Strom, his older brother and erstwhile accompanist Joseph (who is the novel's narrator), and their hard-as-nails and rebellious baby-sister, Ruth. As the kids grow up, this "hybrid" family attempts to live "beyond race," which in the climate of the 1950s basically means that they are isolated: a sovereign state of five.

What Powers is trying to achieve is both awesome and overwhelming; while both music and time (in its scientific and everyday senses) are central to the plot, his aim (as in all of his fiction) is to show how everything is inter-connected. True, the novel strains with the effort of incorporating most aspects of the civil rights movement of the past 70 years: the Detroit riots, the Black Panthers, the Rodney King beating, the various marches--at least one family member manages to be eyewitness or participant in each historical moment. But, ultimately, events separated by quarter centuries are powerfully brought together: David and Delia meet over a lost boy on the Washington Mall at Marian Anderson's 1939 concert; David, with his daughter at the 1963 March on Washington, points out Anderson, now "an old woman, no voice left, years past her prime"; Joseph accompanies Ruth's two sons to the 1995 Million Man March, where the youngest of the three is momentarily lost. The beauty is how Powers warps time to bring together three events separated by decades, yet sharing a place.

While reading the novel, I was constantly reminded of James Baldwin's "Just Above My Head," which (by coincidence) I had just finished weeks previously. The surface similarities are quite astonishing: both feature musical prodigies who become internationally famous, who flee to Europe to advance their careers, and whose (tragic, lonely) deaths are revealed at the outset; both are narrated by the brothers of the singer-heroes; both feature families raised in Harlem, whose lives weave in and out of the turmoil of the 1950s and 1960s; both feature narratives that skip back and forth across the decades. Powers is able, however, to appropriate Baldwin's great, late work and make it all his own: while Baldwin's realism creates a novel of characters, Powers's formalism produces a novel of ideas. They resemble two movements of the same extraordinary symphony.
Steelcaster
I STILL cannot understand how, with all due honor and respect, a white man could have written such a sensitive, in-depth, culturally inclusive, novel about the Black/mixed-race experience. There are cultural subtleties I thought only we as Black people could experience. I still am incredulous! His technical power, breadth of knowledge and compassion are without equal.
Burisi
Outstanding story, but the author goes waaaaay overboard over-describing and over embellishing every single action and visual in the book. I wanted to put down the book out of frustration. It was as if the author wanted to prove that he has an expansive vocabulary and knew how to use a thesaurus ... because he drowned the reader in unnecessary words.
Nilarius
Prepare to look up words if you’re not a musicologist. Nevertheless, this is one of the most engrossing, if challenging, books I have read. The book deserves 5 stars; however, I reserve one of them for uncommon difficulty of musical terminology. The Time of Our Singing is more than worth the read.
MARK BEN FORD
An excellent book, which tackles both the development of the musical world in the post-war era and the ethnic problems in the US. And at the same time it is an amazing good read. One has to be a musician (preferable a singer of early music) to fully appreciate the descriptions of musical works and concerts, But then it is very rewarding, because they really make sense. The regular frustation of musicians is that when music is described in literature it generally is either superficial or totally beside the point.
Very long but good read, I'm not a trained musical person so much of the music related descriptions went over my head, however, the storyline and characters were well written and historical contexts were engaging! Overall, a good book. 1200 pages!

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