The Keeper of Secrets

The Keeper of Secrets

Book - 2013
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Beautiful and mysterious, The Keeper of Secrets by Julie Thomas follows a priceless violin across generations--from WWII to Stalinist Russia to the gilded international concert halls of today--and reveals the loss, love, and secrets of the families who owned it.

In 1939 Berlin, 14-year-old Simon Horowitz's world is stirred by his father's 1742 Guarneri del Gesu violin. When Nazis march across Europe and Simon is sent to Dachau, he finds unexpected kindness, and a chance to live.

In the present day, orchestra conductor Rafael Gomez finds himself inspired by Daniel Horowitz, a 14-year-old violin virtuoso who refuses to play. When Rafael learns that the boy's family once owned a precious violin believed to have been lost forever, Rafael seizes the power of history and discovers a family story like no other.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062240309
Characteristics: 358, 10 pages ; 21 cm


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Jan 02, 2014

This book is quite a roller-coaster of emotions. The opening chapter sets the Nazi anti-Jewish scene with a brief hark-back to the Kristalnacht attack on Jewish establishments. Then the first part of the book is about Daniel Horowitz , an extremely talented 14-year old violinist who refuses to play if he is not also allowed to play baseball and be a "normal" boy. It is not so easy to be engaged by this part of the book. However, the middle section of the book moves on to the holocaust and Dachau. From here on, it's a riveting read. The remaining section is concerned with a priceless violin that had belonged to the Horowitz family, how it was stolen by the Nazis and then by a Russian and what it means to the remaining family members. Julie Thomas is a NZ writer who has done her research. She said herself that she shed tears over some parts when writing the book so it is not surprising we feel emotionally caught up in the events.


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