Glenn Gould: A Life Off Tempo by Sandrine Revel (139)

This is a wonderful graphic novel about Glenn Gould.  He was a wonderful Canadian pianist. I just love to read stories about composers who needed so much solitude. People don’t understand the creative life and what it requires–except for a few that do a lot of writing, reading, and yes creating!

I love Glenn Gould because he just loved and craved solitude. He was a child genius who became a worldwide superstar of classical music. He was remembered for his unique interpretations of Bach.

Glenn Gould was quite eccentric. That is what made him interesting in his own right, and an interesting figure to explore as comics in this biographical graphic novel.

Not too many people knew all the recesses of Glenn Gould. He was a private man who remained a mystery throughout his life.

There were also many questions that people had about Glenn Gould. No one ever knew for sure why he abruptly ended his career as a performing musician? I always thought it may be because he was a solitary person who hated the public eye. Also, why did he become one of the very first of his peers to disappear from the public eye? Again, I think it is because he was a private person who wanted to keep composing. And maybe, just maybe, being in the private eye a lot, stifled his creative genius. These are only speculations of course.

I loved this book from beginning to end. I can’t wait to read more about Glenn Gould.

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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