The Gustav Sonata

The Gustav Sonata

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Random House, Inc.
The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award

What is the difference between friendship and love?

Gustav grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav’s father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav’s life is a lonely one until he meets Anton. An intense lifelong friendship develops but Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav’s are entwined until it is almost too late...

‘This is a perfect novel’ Observer

'The Gustav Sonata is beautifully rendered, and magnificent in its scope. It glows with mastery' Ian McEwan



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The Sunday Times Top Ten BestsellerShortlisted for the Costa Novel AwardWinner of the South Bank Sky Arts AwardLonglisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for FictionShortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje PrizeWhat is the difference between friendship and love?

Publisher: London :, Vintage,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781784700201
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 20 cm

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empbee
Jun 21, 2017

Simple but engaging style; interesting story. A rare, for me at least, view of a small town in wartime Switzerland. I found the natural presentation of not unusual but still interesting characters fascinating.

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marynz
Mar 20, 2017

A very beautiful book that has stayed with me months later.

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santiano9
Dec 22, 2016

Had to check the inside flap to make sure I was not reading a young adult's book. Thin plot and characters. Too simplistic. Did not finish and would not recommend.

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uncommonreader
Dec 19, 2016

Like a sonata, this novel about the complexities of friendship moves backward and forward in time. Subtle. Tremain writes with a soft sensibility.

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laphampeak
Nov 05, 2016

The story line of Gustav and his friend Anton spans time. We experience how relationships are effected by Hitler's Germany on those who took refuge in Switzerland and the police officer that protected them. The author takes us into the families of the main characters and the relationships that interconnect one another - most of all Gustav and Anton and their struggles with identity.

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