Thousand Perfect Notes Played Like a Dream

A thousand perfect notesI’m so excited to talk about this book today! Especially because it was written by a fellow blogger- the incredible Cait from Paper Fury. I actually bought this book the second it came out- however, it’s taken me so long to read it- partly thanks to, ya know, falling off the face of the earth for a few months last year, but also because it takes me a while to psyche myself up to reading books with extremely dark subject matter.

Cos, fair warning, this deals with domestic abuse and is not an easy read. Now, I’ll be the first to admit, I’m very picky when it comes to books on this topic, but I think Cait did an incredibly sympathetic job. It never shied away from the grim reality and exposed hard truths. There were points when there could have been more build-up and consequently the heightened drama occasionally hit a false note for me- yet anyone that knows music will also know that this makes not an iota of difference when the end result is raw, passionate and beautiful. Looking back on the piece in its entirety, this emotionally charged book reaches sublime heights, delivers a tremendous symphony of action, ultimately flowing to a harmonious conclusion. The whole experience was a spectacle, which explains why most of my notes are simply oohs and ahhs!

Without a doubt, the writing was excellent. I loved the writing style- it was very much in the unique vein of her blog and held so much personality. The language was gorgeous and measured. I really admired the use of fragmentation- it reminded me of Lockhart’s poetic We Were Liars. And most importantly, the descriptions of music were exquisite. Every bit of the sound imagery came together and contributed to the story- creating a resonant narrative about being made to hate the thing you love.

I really liked the characterisation as well- especially of August, whose presence brightened up the novel. I also appreciated the little details, like the Maestro’s nickname, which brought the story to life.

All in all, it was wunderbar (I only know compliments in German 😉 )

Rating: 4½/5 bananas

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So have you read this? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

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29 thoughts on “Thousand Perfect Notes Played Like a Dream

  1. Lovely review!! I enjoyed this book a lot too, and I agree with so much of what you said. Although it was dark at times, Cait did a fantastic job creating emotionally charged scenes to tie everything together, especially with the beautiful prose. ❤

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  2. I need to read this since I enjoy Cait’s blog, and it’s been on my TBR for a while. Your review reminded me I need to push it up, especially since you loved it! I think I was avoiding it because of the content, but I appreciate knowing it’s a beautiful read. Wonderful review!

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  3. Great review 🙂 I’ve been thinking about reading this book ever since it came out, and you make it sound so incredible, but I’m hesitant because generally I don’t respond well to books that are too dark :’) so maybe one day! Definitely keeping it in the back of my mind

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    1. Thank you!! 🙂 Ah I completely understand that- I also tend to avoid books of this sort, so maybe try out a sample and see if it works for you? I think you’ll know pretty soon from the first chapter. But hopefully one day you’ll pick it up and like it!

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