A Sad, Sad Symphony

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Francisc Goyer is obsessed with the idea of creating a masterpiece - a symphony that will grant him immortality. He's struggling to find meaning and direction, to find that elusive higher purpose he feels he's destined for. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781476022673
About Cristian Mihai

Cristian Mihai (born 25 December 1990) grew up in Constanta, Romania. And he’s still growing up, or at least trying to. Sometimes he writes. Sometimes he gets lucky and writes something good. He can’t, however, draw a straight line. No matter how much he tries. Not even with a ruler. And, please, don’t ever ask him to sing.

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Review by: Aya Gosh on Aug. 31, 2012 : (no rating)
Very good writing. Sentimental and a bit dramatic, it narrates the story of two artists: a writer and a musician and their quest for perfection and immortality through their art.

Francis Goyer is the tormented musician whose fear and insecurities hinder his creative abilities. Oscar is the creative literary genius whose work and double life were more suited for another era.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: EllaDee011 on Aug. 01, 2012 : (no rating)
A Sad, Sad Symphony is an enjoyable and insighful read, as I have found all the stories written by Christain Mihai to be. Despite the short story genre Christian's characters draw you in and involve you. I look forward to more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Johanna van Zanten on July 27, 2012 : (no rating)
Christian Mihai

A Sad, Sad Symphony

This story has similarities with the story Remember, also narrated in a lyrical voice and with sad, romantic themes. It is well written; the author has obvious literary qualities.
Old Fransisc Goyer, a violinist, wants to create art in a wish to become immortal. When he gets discouraged, he reads Goethe and gets inspiration from it. He once had a lover, but she left him, leaving a hole in his soul. She left her cello behind, but he does not dare playing on it, hoping that one day she'd come back. The reality and dream world merge in this short story, when Old Fransisc writes a perfect, brilliant symphony under great inspiration. When he is finished, he wants to show his work to his friend Oliver Carter.
The next scenario is about a story teller named Oscar. We find him in an opium den, where guests eagerly wait to listen to his stories. In the room Oscar spots a young boy, extraordinarily beautiful, and he wants to dedicate the story he is going to tell to the boy: but he attaches one condition to telling the story: that it not be written down. When he is finished, the boy asks him why not to write it down, as it almost perfect, and should be shared with the world. The boy confesses that he wants to become immortal.
Oscar refuses and predicts that one day people will stop judging an artist on his art and a Mr. M, a critic of Oscar's excentric lifestyle, introduces the boy to Oscar as his newest follower, explaining that this is Mr. Wilde. The story Oscar told is the story of Dorian Gray, the immortal young man. The wish to strive for perfection in art becomes the hot topic of the debate in
the room.
Flash back to old Fransisc Goyer who late at night is on his way to his friend with the sheets of paper containing his perfect symphony. What then happens will be spoiler alert, so I will not divulge more than to say it is the culmination of his wish to bring a perfect symphony to the world and signifies the title of the story.
Johanna van Zanten
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: succubus121 on June 23, 2012 :
Well to me the strongest point of this story was the language, it was flawless, rich and very suitable to the overall mood of the story. The story itself was very emotional yet I got lost a little while reading, I guess the flow of events was muddled.
I received this book and I am very thanful for that because this story opened me to a beautiful style of writing and a new, amicable voice.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: ilexx 011 on June 19, 2012 :
Emotional, lush, evocatively written, I wanted more! The writing itself is extremely well-crafted and the character is achingly passionate, believable and real. I would love for this story to be just a little longer.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Chris Adonn on June 04, 2012 :
A Sad, Sad Symphony was skilfully written but, to me, it felt somewhat disjointed, (the sudden jump to the past with no overture) and incomplete.

There was much time spent on creating mood and expressing emotion. This was very powerfully and eloquently done. Bravo. However, the storyline did not go far. For lack of a better description, I felt as though I was catching bits of a movie. I’d missed the beginning, most of the middle and this was the last 15 minutes.

That said, perhaps I failed to see the point. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in reading this work, do so. It is a quick read and the prose is quite powerful. It expresses the desperate passion of the protagonist beautifully.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Katie Jennings on May 21, 2012 :
This is a lovely and almost haunting short story...very well written with beautiful, flowing language and thoughtful descriptions of intense emotion and tragic loss. It takes you through the mind of an artist, a composer, and his heartache and ambition to achieve immortality with his art. Plus there is a nice "historical" surprise in the story as well, one I didn't expect but was intrigued to read. Very well done!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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