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The Elgar Society Journal
unlike [some] other novelists, doesn't tamper with known events...
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... the story
becomes a marvel of delineation, with so many important characters
making up the puzzle that it is remarkable how Boswell develops them
all so well. ...
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... a stunningly complex plot that repeatedly defeats
expectations. [Boswell's] large cast of characters are lively, usually
sympathetic, and intriguing. This is a feast for anyone from a music
lover to an electronic whiz to anyone bemused by the occult, but
especially for anyone interested in knowing more about a great
composer, about autism and about savants.
I read the author's Seven Symphonies some time ago and
thoroughly enjoyed it, but to my mind this book is even more special...
it is a very accessible story and once
you begin it is hard to put it down.
This delightful and entertaining novel demonstrates Simon
Boswell's skills as an author of engrossing stories. The unusual
heroine ... is an autistic musical savant who authentically plays on
the piano any piece she has heard...
The Elgar Enigmas is a highly sophisticated romp through
the romantic interests and musical masterpieces of Sir Edward Elgar,
not exactly a household name in the U.S. but he is the composer of
"Pomp and Circumstance," the traditional triumphant march played at
every person's graduation ceremony in America. Many surreal happenings
occur, ranging from cell phones that "talk" while turned off, to
musical masterpieces that seemingly compose themselves in the style of
Elgar. Boswell's depictions of parts of Elgar's life and musical
accomplishments are based on extensive research and the composer truly
comes to life as he leaps off the pages of this book. Even those who
don't believe in the supernatural will enjoy the very involved
interplay between past and present, real and surreal, music and life.
The ending is a masterpiece of connecting the dots and tying up all the
Those who could not put down Boswell's first novel, THE
SEVEN SYMPHONIES, are in for an equally convoluted, unpredictable plot
in his second novel, this one without violence and with an even more
engrossing mystery... I was delighted to learn how intriguing Elgar was
-- a man ahead of his age, who adored tricks and puzzles... In the
pleasant English countryside [Boswell] lets us meet a young autistic
savant. At her piano, without speaking a word, she changes many
entangled lives and challenges everyone's pre-conceptions, especially
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REVIEW IN FINNISHDekkariseura: Ruumiin kultuuri 2/2009
(The Finnish Whodunnit Society Magazine)
... Tietopaketit säveltäjän elämästä ja tuotannosta istuvat kokonaisuuteen hyvin, samoin kiintoisat savantismin kuvaukset tai vaikkapa taideteoreettiset pohdiskelut aidoista teoksista ja väärennöksistä.
Kaiken kaikkiaan tuloksena on omaperäinen, sympaattinen romaani.
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REVIEW IN SWEDISHHufvudstadsbladet
(Finland's national Swedish-language newspaper)
The Elgar Enigmas är en faktaspäckad text med många berättarnivåer. Boken är en härlig blandning av klassisk mysterielösning, lätt övernaturliga element och rent anakronisktiska upptåg som epostmeddelanden mellan Elgar och hans bekanta under 1800-talets slutskede...
Förutom att bjuda på spänning och drama lyckas The Elgar Enigmas också peka på människans ständiga önskan att tro på det otroliga och hoppas på underverk. För att inte nämna människans formåga att ljuga och bedraga...
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