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The gustav sonata, Rose Tremain
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Author: Tremain, Rose
Publication year: 2016
Language: English
Category: Fiction
ISBN: 9781784740030
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It is the tutor who tells the young Gustav that he must try to be more like a coconut - that he needs a hard shell to protect the softness inside. This is what his native Switzerland has perfected - a shell to protect its neutrality, to keep its people safe. But his beloved friend, Anton, doesn't want to be safe - a gifted pianist, he longs to make his mark on the world outside. On holiday one summer in Davos, the boys stumble across a remote building. Long ago, it was a TB sanitorium; now it is wrecked and derelict. Here, they play a game of life and death, deciding which of their imaginary patients must burn. It becomes their secret. 'The Gustav Sonata' begins in the 1930s, under the shadow of the Second World War, and follows the boys into maturity, and middle age, where their friendship is tested as never before.
Audience: Teen readers
Additional information: 256 pages
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Talking book - CD:The gustav sonata:2016:Unabridged ed
Large print:The Gustav sonata:2017:Large print ed.
Paperback:The Gustav sonata:2017
Available: 6
No. of reservations: 1
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London, Chatto & Windus, 2016
16.99

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The report of Milebush book group: We all enjoyed this book which expanded our understanding of the consequences of Switzerland's neutrality in WW2 and provoked a good discussion.
10/10/17
Milebush reading group
Bedford
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