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Re: [F_MINOR] The Song Beneath the Ice


I read the book a few months ago and was very pleased with the first half of
it. The second half the end last few chapters were unexpected for me and
less than pleasing, but I'd certainly recommend the book to anyone who'd
read something about it and felt like it would be something they were
interested in. The book is kind of tricky in that there are a few narrative
voices interwoven throughout the text. Some of it in the form of journal
entries, some in transcribed audio tapes, other in plain old regular first

Also, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition plays a significant role in the
novel. It's the work that the pianist is most famous for, ala Gould and the
Goldbergs.  I was constantly listening to Pictures during the time I was
reading the book.

And there's much more of the real Glenn Gould in this novel than in the

Anything else I can help you with concerning the novel, just ask.


> Hello all,
> Since this is truly high-season for books about Gould, I'd like to know
> if anyone has read Joe Fiorito's "The Song Beneath the Ice"?
> It seem to have an even closer relationship to Gould's world than "The
> Loser" since -- according to Amazon.ca -- the plot relies heavily on the
> contents of package of recordings. Also, Toronto and its cultural
> environment seem important to the novel.
> Is this essential reading for Gouldians?
> Regards,
> Jorgen