And The Music Room begs you to take your time as you read. Take this paragraph:
I didn’t question the world as I found it: our wide moat and gatehouse tower, the medieval chapel above the kitchen, the huge uninhabited rooms to the west and the parade of strangers that passed through them each year; the way our house was divided into two parts, one private, the other open to public view. I didn’t question my brother’s seizures or the frightening and unpredictable swings of his mood from gentleness and warmth to opposition and violence – these too were just facts I grew up among, how things were. (65)
Fiennes’ long sentences dappled with commas slow my internal breath as I read. I can sometimes inhale a book so quickly that I appreciate any book that forces me to move at its pace.
So while I spend the next train ride or two finishing The Music Room, I am also eagerly waiting for two books to arrive in the mail: The Vintage Caper by Peter Mayle and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson.
I have been looking forward to Mayle’s most recent novel for some time and when I read a review of Helen Simonson’s debut, I quickly added it to my list. Once I wrap up The Music Room, I’ll post more about the next two on my list.
It’s like Christmas in March knowing books are in the mail!