Body & Soul
Body & Soul
By Frank Conroy
Delta, Paperback, 9780385319867, 464pp.
Publication Date: June 8, 1998
The setting is 1940s New York, a city that is "long gone, replaced by another city of the same name." Against a backdrop that pulses with sound and rhythm, "Body & Soul" brilliantly evokes the life of a child prodigy whose musical genius pulls him out of squalor and into the drawing rooms of the rich and a gilt-edged marriage.
But the same talent that transforms him also hurtles Claude into a lonely world of obsession and relentless ambition. From Carnegie Hall to the smoky jazz clubs of London, "Body & Soul" burns with passion and truth--at once a riveting, compulsive read and a breathtaking glimpse into a boy's heart and an artist's soul.
“Beautifully written, and hypnotically readable…the best story I know of in a long, long time.”
“Full of enchantment…a precise conjuring of an exceptional child’s perceptions and feelings.”
“A big, old-fashioned book as satisfying as a fine evening at the symphony.”
--Dallas Morning News
“A literary event…a grand saga…Body & Soul was written under the spell of Dickens, not to mention Stendhal, Tolstoy and the other 19th century titans…Conroy bedazzles readers!