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Mark Salzman

Forfatter af Lying Awake

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Mark Salzman is the author of Iron & Silk, an account of his two years in China; Lost in Place, a memoir; and the novels The Laughing Sutra, The Soloist, and Lying Awake. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their daughter

Omfatter også følgende navne: M. Salzman, Mark Salzman

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Værker af Mark Salzman

Lying Awake (2000) 1,089 eksemplarer
Iron and Silk (1988) 983 eksemplarer
The Soloist (1994) 746 eksemplarer
True Notebooks (2003) 672 eksemplarer
The Laughing Sutra (1991) — Forfatter — 371 eksemplarer
The Man in the Empty Boat (2012) 58 eksemplarer
March. Book one 1 eksemplar
Le verdict du soliste (1996) 1 eksemplar
SVD & SIDEN (1988) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Bad Trips (1991) — Bidragyder — 233 eksemplarer
They Went: The Art and Craft of Travel Writing (1991) — Bidragyder — 35 eksemplarer

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bookbox; second book with the same title - and that one featured a cello too. In this one, Renee is a child prodigy of the cello, home schooled and moved to Germany to pursue his studies. He doesn't know how to do anything except practice and do concerts, until his gift abruptly leaves him. Struggling as a college music teacher and privately teaching cello lessons, he's just marking time until two things redirect his life. First he is chosen as a jurist for a murder trial and he gives in to become the teacher/mentor to a Korean boy, who has the potential, like him in his early years, to be an extraordinary cellist. During the novel, Renne has some growth himself, no longer torturing himself for not being concert material any more. and strangely, tutoring the Korean boy who was not as limited as him, helps him move forward with his life.… (mere)
nancynova | 19 andre anmeldelser | Feb 11, 2024 |
An unflinching look at the paradox of redeemable human beings who commit unredeemable acts. The author develops as a teacher while we witness the challenges of the classroom. What is writing for? the book asks. It is for self-discovery. We cannot make the effort to write without revealing something about ourselves. What jumps out from these pages is the poignant relationships established between these desperate boys and their writing teacher. Also a sad commentary on the 1990s attitude toward criminal justice.… (mere)
itheodore | 22 andre anmeldelser | Jul 26, 2023 |
This is a beautifully written book that is ultimately sensitive and perceptive about the cloistered life. Yet, as much as it *is* about a nun, it is not. Salzman lets the universal truths of our humanity blossom throughout the book, without being preachy or cliché. Sister John of the Cross's waking dreams are the key not just for the protagonist, but for the reader as well. The end did seem to be abrupt, in terms of narrative flow, but it is one instance where the lack of conclusion seemed apt. A good read for anyone who is devoted to a passion and has crafted a life around that passion.… (mere)
rebcamuse | 26 andre anmeldelser | Jun 25, 2023 |
“What makes a life successful? I’ve always thought it boiled down to wisdom and effort—but mainly effort. You succeed when you make the right choices and muster up sufficient effort to do what you want to do, learn what you want to learn, and become what you want to become. What is always at stake when you set out to do something important is your integrity, which I define as how you measure up in terms of accepting responsibility for your own destiny—and then not screwing it up.”

Mark Salzman’s self-analytical and touching account of a stressful year in his life. He has always been anxious and consumed with finding meaning in human existence. At an early age, he explored Chinese philosophy and martial arts. He speaks of his relationship with his wife and the ups and downs of family life. He tells personal stories in an engaging way.

The bulk of the narrative deals in a forthright manner with his experience of panic attacks, the tragic death of his sister, and how he eventually finds a sense of acceptance. I appreciate his self-deprecating humor. It provides a needed respite from some of the more emotionally wrenching content. I think the first two sections are stronger than the third, but overall, it is a well written and thought-provoking memoir.
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Castlelass | 11 andre anmeldelser | Oct 30, 2022 |



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