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    A magnificent, multifaceted novel about a supremely gifted - and divided - family, set against the backdrop of postwar America

    On Easter day, 1939, at Marian Anderson's epochal concert on the Washington Mall, David Strom, a German Jewish emigre scientist, meets Delia Daley, a young Philadelphia Negro studying to be a singer. Their mutual love of music draws them together, and - against all odds and better judgment - they marry. They vow to raise their children beyond time, beyond identity, steeped in song. But their three children must survive America's brutal here and now. 

    Jonah, Joseph, and Ruth grow up during the Civil Rights era, come of age in the violent 1960s, and live out adulthood in the racially retrenched late century. Jonah, the eldest, "whose voice could make heads of state repent", follows a life in his parents' beloved classical music. Ruth, the youngest, chooses a militant activism and repudiates the white culture her brother represents. Joseph, the middle child and the narrator of this generational tale, struggles to remain connected to them both. 

    The Time of Our Singing is a story of self-invention, allegiance, race, cultural ownership, the compromised power of music, and the tangled loops of time that rewrite all belonging.

    ©2003 Richard Powers (P)2018 Recorded Books

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    • Ocean
    • 20/04/2020

    Repetitive

    A long read, 34 hours.
    An intelligent, highly educated author, integrating different subjects: race, music, physics.
    It could have turned out a fascinating result, but the persons are lifeless, even the narrator. Situations and emotions are rubbed in as if the author was in doubt about the ability of his readers to comprehend.
    When the musical abilities of the family members are described - repeatedly - the author seems to forget that you cannot increase upon a superlative.
    Even though the racial situation seems to be described in a believable way, the whole book leaves a whining impression.

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