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Honeybees and Distant Thunder: The million copy award-winning Japanese bestseller about the enduring power of great friendship

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Setting the novel during the two weeks of the competition both gives the novel a solid structure and adds suspense, and the author's clear passion for and knowledge of the classical repertoire shine through. What the blurb said was true: This is beyond a reading experience and it felt like some sixth sense was at work.

It is forbidden to copy anything for publication elsewhere without written permission from the copyright holder.By bringing these diverse members together and pitting them against each other in a potentially make-or-break event, she manages to compose a harmony between these surprisingly complementary characters. Hotjar sets this cookie to know whether a user is included in the data sampling defined by the site's daily session limit.

As her father was a music enthusiast, Onda grew up listening to classical music and played the piano from an early age, before discovering Western rock and jazz. As we move through the competition, the tension builds around who will make it through to each new round, as the judges whittle down the competitors. If you’re a long-time reader of this blog when it comes to my book reviews, you’ve probably already noticed this, but I have a deep love and appreciation for translated literature. Wondrous when an author can achieve this connection to not only a physical place, but make the place the people connected to music, speechless.I also admired how the author presents the dilemma between preserving the original intention of the composer vs free interpretation by the new pianists. The professional piano player circuit is known to be cutthroat, with few ever “making it,” even those who are both talented and dedicated. Though Honeybees and Distant Thunder is centered around the Yoshigae International Piano Competition, a fictional contest set in a rural seaside town, the story is strongly character-driven. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. These images and others race through the heads of those listening to Brahms and Rachmaninoff being given new life: they imagine themselves in rain-soaked fields.

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