Cecilia (Burlington VT)
I looked forward to reading what I thought would be a fascinating story of Nannerl Mozart's life but was disappointed in this rather sketchy, melodramatic book. It read like a romance novel with undeveloped characters and little depth. It does impart some broad general knowledge of the period but little is learned of the Mozart family's history, motivations, etc. However, the story will spark an interest in further reading and research on the topic.
Kim (Branchville NJ)
I enjoyed reading this book, although parts were a bit difficult to get through. The beginning of the book was interesting, watching the interplay of the siblings and their growing knowledge of music. The middle of the book was more difficult to get through, as Nannerl, the main character, becomes quite boorish and the action slows down considerably. Things pick up in the end of the book, however, making it worth while to finish.
Virginia (Forest Park IL)
I enjoyed the book. While I found it slow to start, all of a sudden I found myself absorbed by Nannerl's life and then the story was over. The book made me want to find out more about Nannerl and her relationship with her brother -- though I'm sure it was similar to all siblings today: a love/hate relationship.
I think this book would do very well as a book club selection.
Kathy (Richmond VA)
it won me over!
Initially, I was a little bored by and with Mozart's Sister, but about 2/3 of the way through, it began to come alive for me. Although some aspects of the narrative wrapped up a little too conveniently, I found myself enjoying the last 1/3 of the book. I must say I might've given up on it, had I not committed to a review! Some of the characters could have been more fleshed out, and I found one or two scenarios/plot points to be overly contrived. A solid 3 for sure. I will be interested in reading other reviews when the book is released.
Marcia (Batavia IL)
Lacked details & historical facts of the period
I was very excited to review this book as it deals with a subject that I am not familiar with. I felt that the first half of the book moved along very slowly, almost boring. At times it was confusing and hard to follow. The book seemed to lack the details and historical facts of the period. The characters seemed to be underdeveloped. However, the final third of the book did pick up and become more interesting and I finally learned more about Nannerl in her final years. On the whole, I found Mozart's Sister to be disappointing.
Catherine (Nashua NH)
Mozart, Dad, Mom and I or the dysfunctional family
I discovered Mozart the brother, the child, the man completely different from Mozart the musical genius and the picture is far from a nice one.
Despite a very unorganized story, I did enjoy the book.
As for Mrs. Charbonnier, I would say "talented writer but can do better".
Betty (Jasper GA)
Long Name, Short Career
I have been interested in the life of genius composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ever since seeing the movie "Amadeus" several years ago. This novel about the life of his sister, Maria Anna Walburga Ignatia Mozart, sheds new light on the Mozart family.
Fraulein Mozart (Nannerl to the family) had musical talent very nearly equal to that of her illustrious brother. Modern readers will be incensed at Herr Mozart's unilateral decision that Nannerl must give up her dreams of developing her talent and become a music teacher to support the family while the favored son, Wolfgang, develops and displays his talents in the capitals of Europe.
This book is an easy read and presents insight into the lives of a middle class family in Eighteenth Century Europe. The only quibble I have is with some awkward phrasing which may stem from the translation of the work into English from the Italian.