The Rehearsal

by Eleanor Catton | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780771019838 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Pooker3 of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on 4/13/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by Pooker3 from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Tuesday, April 13, 2010
ARC received from It looks really intriguing!

Thank you McClelland & Stewart! And, thank you Tracey!

Journal Entry 2 by Pooker3 from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Tuesday, May 18, 2010
"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players;" ~~ Shakespeare

A very cleverly written book! I had the sense as I was reading it that I *was* watching a play, that I had paid my money to sit in the audience, that the lights were dimmed and the spotlight on.

*Enter the saxophone teacher.*

Her students are all girls who attend the same high school at which a scandal has recently erupted. A male jazz band teacher is said to have had a sexual affair with one of his female students. While there is a sort of feigned "counseling" or "safety training" conducted at the school for the students, the girls actually work through their take on things while talking to the saxophone teacher during their lessons. Indeed, one girl explains that her saxophone lessons are like therapy. And curiously, the saxophone teacher is a most attentive and interactive audience. It is as though each student's "lesson" is a performance.

There's actually two main stories unfolding in the book, the first involving the girls and the saxophone teacher and their connections to each other and the affair. One of the students, Isolde, is the sister of the scandalized girl. And the other story involves Stanley, an eighteen year-old wet-behind-the ears first-year student at the local acting academy. Stanley has some difficulty with his acting lessons because he realizes he does not have a lot of world experience upon which to draw. Mostly he relies on his impressions of his father.

One of the course requirements of the first-years is to put on an original play at the end of the year. There is a lot of pressure on the students to make this play bigger and better than those of the years before. Ultimately they decide to base their play on the school sex scandal.

Meanwhile Stanley has begun a tentative relationship with the sister, Isolde. Not having a lot of experience in the relationship department, he is quite concerned about the impression he is making (or trying to make) on her. Neither of them, Stanley or Isolde, happened to mention their own connection to "the scandal". Stanley is horrified when he learns who Isolde is and that she will be attending his play with her parents in tow.

As I say, a really well written book. I was particularly intrigued with the saxophone teacher and her sessions with her students. I've also decided that the saxophone is a very sexy musical instrument!

Journal Entry 3 by Pooker3 at cityplace Shopping Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Friday, June 25, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (6/25/2010 UTC) at cityplace Shopping Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada


on the tourist information cart near the lotteries kiosk.

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