Enduring Melody

The Prague Sonata by Bradford Morrow is historical fiction with a twist. As indicated in the title, this novel takes place in Czechoslovakia during and after World War Two.

Meta is a young female musicologist whose dreams of becoming a concert pianist where shattered after an automobile accident left her with a damaged hand. While doing a favor for a friend, she meets an elderly woman who entrusts her with a portion of a sonata which she received from a friend prior to escaping from Czechoslovakia during World War II. Meta takes the music with the intention of trying to locate its original owner whose whereabouts are unknown.

With endless questions and the belief that the music was perhaps penned by a famous composer, Meta drops everything and flies to Europe and back in search of a needle in a haystack sixty years after the musical score changed hands.

Pretty fantastic? I thought so! There’s so much more to swallow in this novel that I didn’t enjoy it. I didn’t feel anything for any of the characters, which is rare for me because I enjoy a good mystery in addition to historical fiction.

Sadly, this novel struck a sour note with this reviewer. It is more fantasy than fiction.

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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2 Responses to Enduring Melody

  1. Martie says:

    Wonderful review. My daughter, now 37, lived in Prague for one year in her twenties. So very beautiful.

    • dianeledet says:

      I have heard that about Prague! Friends of mine vacationed there last year. It is a place I would love to see. How fortunate it is that your daughter lived there! I appreciate your comments always. Hope things are getting better for you and yours. 🙏

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