The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez

The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music by Steve Lopez

I have heard about this in a few places, and am glad that I have finally read it. It has a good story and a good message even though at times it can be slow. This book is about Nathenial, who was a student at Juilliard, but due to a mental break down found himself playing the violin on the street. At columnist stumbles upon him, and takes an interest in him. This columnist doesn’t only just write a story about him, but develops a relationship that turns into a friendship. In this book Steve Lopez ( a columnist), tells the story of their friendship. This book had a good way of educating about homelessness and mental illness while not making the reader pity the person who is in that situation. One thing that I liked about the book was how it took place in California so I was able to recognize some places such as Benning Violins (where I got my violin and viola from). The writing was good, easy to read, but towards the end the book got slow and boring. The narrative style of this book makes it really slow towards the end. Overall it was a good book and I would recommend it to anyone who might be interested music, homelessness and mental illness. I gave this book four stars because it had a good story, but did not pull me in and had some slow bits.

 

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