Former New York Times reporter Ari L. Goldman is the author of three previous books, including the bestseller The Search for God at Harvard. He teaches at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
There are a lot of situations in this book and I guess it would make a great book for a book club to discuss. The not so discussable part is the history of the cello. It was interesting to read though a bit detailed at points. But for a total cello stranger it did give a nice idea about the instrument and why it is often an neglected one.
There is the story of Ari and what music means to him and how that changes after his voice breaks. How he picks up the instrument at 22 to get back into music and what it means. This did make me wonder why he ever stopped though there are some explanations given in the story. Him picking up the instrument now feels a bit like a midlife crisis to me but it did make for an entertaining story especially with all the research information about picking up an instrument at later age and so. I do like the idea he wanted to improve something he enjoyed when he was younger and lost overtime. It works kind of motivational too.
I loved the interaction between Ari and his son and how the music brought them together. Still at times I felt overwhelmed with all the various stories going on that I failed to really connect to the story.
The Late Starters Orchestra
Author: Ari L. Goldman
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Algonquin: various formats