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The Music Room [BOOKS] ✪ The Music Room Author Dennis McFarland – Thomashillier.co.uk In an incredible novel of devastating beauty, Martin Lambert must come to terms with the aftermath of his brother s suicide Replaying sad melodies of his affluent youth, Martin embarks on a poignant j In an incredible novel of devastating beauty, Martin Lambert must come to The Music PDF \ terms with the aftermath of his brother s suicide Replaying sad melodies of his affluent youth, Martin embarks on a poignant journey through his family s haunted past an unforgettable voyage of self discovery that leads him from a childhood tainted by shocking parental abuse to a present clouded by alcoholic despair and desperate love and, ultimately, toward a future of understanding, redemption and hope.


About the Author: Dennis McFarland

A Brooklyn College graduate, McFarland also attended and later taught at The Music PDF \ Goddard College and Stanford University At Stanford, McFarland worked as teacher of creative writing from to His fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories and The New Yorker McFarland is married Michelle Simons, and together they have two children He lives with his family in Massachussetts.



10 thoughts on “The Music Room

  1. Vivian Vivian says:

    The author does an incredible job of telling the story of a dysfunctional family In speaking the story through the alcohol blurred mind of Marty, the events unfold, fold and refold in and around each other in such a way that the waves of emotion can almost be felt by the reader To say that this family drinks too much is a gross understatement I kept wanting to beg Marty to stop drinking The struggle to understand his brother s despair and death was so inhibited by his constant inebriated sta The author does an incredible job of telling the story of a dysfunctional family In speaking the story through the alcohol blurred mind of Marty, the events unfold, fold and refold in and around each other in such a way that the waves of emotion can almost be felt by the reader To say that this family drinks too much is a gross understatement I kept wanting to beg Marty to stop drinking The struggle to understand his brother s despair and death was so inhibited by his constant inebriated state But as the story unwinds, all of the pieces, including the root cause of Marty s feelings of failure and rejection make sense Although deep and dark, I couldn t put this book down


  2. Julaine Julaine says:

    This is a beautifully written book with extraordinary emotional power I can compare it s overwhelming ability to move me only with that of the consuming power of a great piece of music Like a powerful piece of music, The Music Room induces feelings of such depth without a specific, identifiable source McFarland s ability to express the layers of human emotion is remarkable and makes The Music Room one of those exceptional books in which you can truly become engrossed.


  3. jennybek jennybek says:

    I did enjoy the book I could have done without some of thegraphic scenes Being a bitsensitive, I don t enjoy explicit or gory scenes in books or movies That said, if these things don t bother you, this book would be enjoyable The story of finding the reason for his brother s death was a good one Getting flashbacks along the way helps you to get to know the characters involved.


  4. Ann Ann says:

    The Music Room , a dramatic, compulsive read.A profound look into childhood and memories that are stored, distorted, imagined, and untrue A hard look at flawed parenting, alcoholism and its inherent history A recognition that the human psyche fragile and sensitive, struggles constantly for power and dominance.


  5. Katherine Katherine says:

    She nodded, then said, No note Boy, is that ever like him You know, I think I ll write the story of your brother s life and call it No Note 45 We would never have survived a public school, sheltered as we are by the roomy sanctuary of extreme privilege 69 her voice of midnight blue my favorite crayon as a boy 125 Gasser, elderly, bald, a prolific prescription writer of dubious medical skills 136 137 The bartender s simple question Lime seemed loaded with implicat She nodded, then said, No note Boy, is that ever like him You know, I think I ll write the story of your brother s life and call it No Note 45 We would never have survived a public school, sheltered as we are by the roomy sanctuary of extreme privilege 69 her voice of midnight blue my favorite crayon as a boy 125 Gasser, elderly, bald, a prolific prescription writer of dubious medical skills 136 137 The bartender s simple question Lime seemed loaded with implication What would it mean about me if I said yes 142 I have said that with Father s passing, so passed his spirit Ironically, sadly, it was the impact of his death, not of his life, that endured His death had fallen on us like a moon falling into the sea whose tides it used to govern displacing us, setting us loose, sending us thousands of miles apart And,or less, we stayed that way 173 I seemed to have found a target for the poison spear of my anger 182 The portions of the liturgy in plainsong were so ardently sung as to seem almost untamed, on the brink 188 Though I suppose I must have been happy to have been allowed to enter the building, as I rode an elevator to the fourth floor it seemed insulting to have been so quickly judged harmless by the security guard 200 I d been asked to wait which I did indignantly, next to a planter of dusty plastic delphiniums in a the orange carpeted lobby 206 Wasn t my behavior of the last few hours only the culmination of a lifetime of misguided stupidity Wasn t I doomed to bungle things 209 I don t know how much I drank, but I did it earnestly, with so grim a sense of purpose that it felt like a punishment 210 Today he plays Beethoven I will soon turn six, and I know Ludwig von Beethoven, both the music and the man, the deaf composer, though when I was a bit younger I occasionally confused him with the inventor of the light bulb, Thomas Edison, who lost his hearing as a boy when he was pulled by the ears onto the back of a moving train This did not happen to Beethoven it happened only to Thomas Edison but I still have to remind myself of that now and then I have a child s artistic impulse to marry the two events, the composition and the moving train And I am very fond of imagining deafness 223 He d been telephoning Mother to ask if she knew where to find me, and he hadn t expected em to answer the phone Caught off guard, he couldn t quite correct his tone of repugnance 234 He said, Where the hell are you I said he should know the answer to that question, considering that he d just dialed my home in Norfolk 234 I am filled with the faith and quiet confidence that belongs to those who were given the heart and willingness to survive, to those given the great fortune to have continued 262


  6. Lori L (She Treads Softly) Lori L (She Treads Softly) says:

    The Music Room by Dennis McFarland is a recommended novel that focuses on a dysfunctional family of alcoholics.Marty Lambert s life is already in shambles when he receives the call informing him that his brother, Perry has committed suicide in NYC Marty, a record producer in San Francisco, and his wife are divorcing and he has already started to reduce his possessions down to 2 suitcases when he recieves the phone call that sends him to NYC to try and figure what lead his younger brother to app The Music Room by Dennis McFarland is a recommended novel that focuses on a dysfunctional family of alcoholics.Marty Lambert s life is already in shambles when he receives the call informing him that his brother, Perry has committed suicide in NYC Marty, a record producer in San Francisco, and his wife are divorcing and he has already started to reduce his possessions down to 2 suitcases when he recieves the phone call that sends him to NYC to try and figure what lead his younger brother to apparently commit suicide When he arrives in NYC, Marty finds no easy answers explaining the reason for Perry suicide He does meet Perry s girlfriend, Jane Owlcaster, and inherits his dog.Perry s death leaves Marty with a mystery that he is determined to solve, although he goes about it in a befuddled, self examination kind of trance rather than face his need for mourning As Marty seeks answers, along the way he also reminisces about the past and recalls the neglectful, turbulent upbringing he and Perry experienced in a family of alcoholics As can often be the case some of the answers may be found in the past Or maybe there are no real answers to be found Marty must also face his own inherited legacy of alcoholism.McFarland s beautifully expressive prose carries the novel while the narrative itself can be trying Reading about a family of wealthy, self centered alcoholics doesn t usually guarantee any great connection with the characters for me Although I certainly felt empathy for Marty, I grew weary of him wallowing in his unhappiness as he explored his emotions That said, there are some very poignant scenes with a keen insight into these deeply flawed characters.Disclosure My Kindle edition was courtesy of Open Road Media via Netgalley for review purposes


  7. steen steen says:

    After his brother s suicide, Marty Lambert is set adrift, lost and lonely and desperately seeking some sort of closure He backtracks through his brother Perry s life as well as his own while trying to figure out his future Dennis McFarland presents a trouble cast of characters Marty s parents are wealthy, depressed alcoholics, Jane Owlcaster is Perry s girlfriend who has fallen for Marty, and Marty is left to pick up the pieces when it all crashes.Dennis McFarland s prose is beautiful and hau After his brother s suicide, Marty Lambert is set adrift, lost and lonely and desperately seeking some sort of closure He backtracks through his brother Perry s life as well as his own while trying to figure out his future Dennis McFarland presents a trouble cast of characters Marty s parents are wealthy, depressed alcoholics, Jane Owlcaster is Perry s girlfriend who has fallen for Marty, and Marty is left to pick up the pieces when it all crashes.Dennis McFarland s prose is beautiful and haunting While the story was a little too melancholy for me, it s a wonderful look into a dysfunctional family and how the past has lead to each character s internal struggle and guilt with regards to Perry s sad demise I received an ARC from NetGalley


  8. Suzanne Suzanne says:

    A devastating story of the firewalk of grief, what it does to memories, what it does to identity, and the desperate reach for light at the end of the tunnel As Martin learns that his only sibling has jumped off a building in NYC, he begins his journey of remembrance thru a horribly dysfunctional childhood, with two raging alcoholic parents , and must face a misunderstanding that has colored his life Moments of pathos and moments of beauty, this is a skillfully written, and ultimately hopeful n A devastating story of the firewalk of grief, what it does to memories, what it does to identity, and the desperate reach for light at the end of the tunnel As Martin learns that his only sibling has jumped off a building in NYC, he begins his journey of remembrance thru a horribly dysfunctional childhood, with two raging alcoholic parents , and must face a misunderstanding that has colored his life Moments of pathos and moments of beauty, this is a skillfully written, and ultimately hopeful narrative


  9. Lesley Lesley says:

    More than once during this reading I thought about quitting Who needs to read a book about a family of rich alcoholics But the writing was so good I kept plugging away, and now I m glad I did, for the ending is excellent Hard to believe this was the author s first book, and not autobiographical By the end of the book you feel as though, not that you know the characters, but that you have actually lived with them Actually an interesting book.


  10. Carol Carol says:

    Had to give this book five stars..McFarland is a brilliant writer Hard to believe this was his first book 1990 His writings come from the dark side of human nature Sad but so well crafted you have to keep reading Or at least I did I love his style This story centers around a very strange family wondering the whys of a suicide and of a brother who is lost with his own demons but finds his way to redemption.


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