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Aloha, Mozart par [Williams, Waimea]
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Born into an impoverished Hawaiian family, Maile Manoa dreams of leading a life in music. It is an ambition that will lead her to the high-stakes world of 1960s European opera. In Salzburg, Austria, she attracts the attentions of powerful men and falls in love—with a troubled young musician, with the city, and with the intrigue that surrounds her. When Werner von Wehlen, the renowned conductor of the city’s glamorous music festival, taps her for a leading role, Maile is forced to confront the Nazi heart of the classical music scene and von Wehlen’s treacherous past. On the evening of her brilliant premiere, with Soviet tanks threatening to invade the city, Maile must choose between recognition on the world stage or escaping the city with her life—and her conscience—intact.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 283 pages
  • Editeur : Luminis Books, Inc.; Édition : 1 (1 novembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00IC8UHF0
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HASH(0x8fbca0d8) étoiles sur 5 Sweet Hawaii 6 décembre 2012
Par J. J. McInerney - Publié sur
Format: Broché
What if you had a great singing talent and, after years of hardship and grueling training, you had the opportunity to achieve international fame and fortune? What if you had to compromise your integrity and moral conscience to become a star? Would you?

This is the dilemma of Maile Manoa, the heroine of this sweet historical novel set in the 1960s. An impoverished native-born Hawai'ian of mixed heritage, Maile is gifted with a full-range contralto singing voice that is conducive to any musical genre. But when, in sixth grade, she hears a recording of "Aida" by Giuseppe Verdi, she realizes she was meant to sing opera--virtually unheard of in her home. She sings for a living at weddings, church functions, on a radio show, and in a Honolulu hotel--secretly squirreling away part of her earnings. When she is "discovered" by an international diva on tour, Maile studies under Madame Renska in New York, then continues her training in Salzburg during a time of tense Austrian political unrest and turmoil. There, Maile finds love and betrayal with a fellow student, corruption in diplomatic circles, and deeply rooted Nazism underscoring the world of classical music. When she is offered a starring role by a world-renown conductor with a nefarious past, she is forced to choose between her "me, me, me" diva's desire for recognition and her own innate moral convictions.

This was a really pleasurably eye-opening read. Williams, a native Hawai'ian, brings to her debut novel a first-hand knowledge of the history and culture not only of her home, but that of Austria and Germany, where she sang opera for ten years. A talent, accomplished writer, she graces her story with lilting phrases--"...caught in their own history like bugs in amber."-- and stunning word chords that musically captivate the reader's imagination. Reading Aloha, Mozart is like listening to a symphony by Mozart, so lightly flowing and delicately intricate are the author's prose, plotlines, scene descriptions, protagonist development, and character interactions. However, the basic plot punches more like an opera by Wagner.

While this is a sweetly sinuous read, it is not sugar-coated. The author pulls no punches when relating the harsh realities of Hawai'ian native life; Soviet tanks at the Austrian border; the staunch strictness of Salzburg police; and the corruption, betrayal, and stark cynicism underpinning what seems at face value to be the glamorous world of classical music. She is straightforward and brutally frank about each of her characters, especially Maile, whom I cheered for in the beginning, was concerned about in the middle, and almost angrily chided at the end. Well, almost.

This medium-length, 275-page novel transports the reader across three continents and two oceans, immersing one's imagination in the myriad intricate nuances of two cultures that are bridged together through Maile's great talents and her sometimes misguided ambition.

Aloha, Mozart is great literary fiction; a book that should be well noted and added to everyone's reading repertoire.

This review was written by Literary Blogger, June J. McInerney, who is also the author of a number of collections of short stories, including "The Basset Chronicles".
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HASH(0x8fbca12c) étoiles sur 5 The picture of life among the poor Hawaiians was a revelation to me as I must ... 10 octobre 2015
Par James Mishima - Publié sur
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I read this novel mainly because it was written by a Hawaiian and dealt with a local Hawaiian. The picture of life among the poor Hawaiians was a revelation to me as I must have lead a very secular life while growing up in Hawaii not to be aware of it. I didn't realize how limited their economic opportunities were and how they were viewed by the rest of Hawaiian society. That was the only redeeming factor for me as I found the writing, as another reviewer noted, rather disjointed.
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HASH(0x8fbca408) étoiles sur 5 A charming book that needs more attention 24 mai 2013
Par P. Taylor - Publié sur
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This is a unique book with great characterization, colorful settings, and a fascinating plot. I am no musician, but loved the intricate journey that a native girl makes to accomplish her dreams. I learned a lot about classical music, while following the young woman's desire to have a personal life, which includes a complicated love affair. Who knew what struggles await any young prodigy trying to become a successful classical singer?

This book deserves more promotion, as it is much better than many on the best seller list.
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HASH(0x8fbca300) étoiles sur 5 The Singer and her Song 21 avril 2013
Par Lorisa A. Marshall - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Williams' novel about the journey of a young Hawaiian singer who studies Opera at the famous Mozarteum in Salzburg is exciting and passionate, yet full of sincerity and the knowledge that comes with experience. The contrasts between the two cultures and the young woman trying to bridge them are felt thoughout the novel giving the book a depth and quality which I found very appealing. The book is excellently written, the story pulls you along, the characters so well developed that I connected with them all. If you understand that music can touch parts of the soul where nothing else can, you will enjoy this read.
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HASH(0x8fbca4ec) étoiles sur 5 Aloha, Mozart! Hallo, Salzburg! 14 février 2013
Par Jennifer Seaver Stokes - Publié sur
Format: Broché
The story of a young Hawaiian singer with an extraordinary musical gift makes for a wonderful story of determination, artistic passion and serendipity! Ms. Williams beautifully crafts the inner dialogue of the singer with her thorough knowledge of music and the art of music making. The autobiographical connection is very compelling. A wonderful read and thought provoking insight into the Hawaiian culture.
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