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  • Title: The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt
  • Author: Tracy Farr
  • ISBN: 9781910709054
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • Tracy Farr s acclaimed debut novel is the fictional memoir of Dame Lena Gaunt musician, octogenarian, junkie.Lena is Music s Most Modern Musician the first theremin player of the twentieth century.From a solitary childhood in Malacca and a Perth boarding school to a glittering career in Jazz age Sydney and a defining relationship with bohemian artist Beatrix Carmichael,Tracy Farr s acclaimed debut novel is the fictional memoir of Dame Lena Gaunt musician, octogenarian, junkie.Lena is Music s Most Modern Musician the first theremin player of the twentieth century.From a solitary childhood in Malacca and a Perth boarding school to a glittering career in Jazz age Sydney and a defining relationship with bohemian artist Beatrix Carmichael, Lena s is a life shaped by the pull of the sea, the ebb and flow of passion and loss, and that extraordinary instrument, the theremin.Tracy Farr is an Australian born, New Zealand based writer and former research scientist The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt was longlisted for Australia s most prestigious literary prize, the Miles Franklin Award.
    The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt Tracy Farr s acclaimed debut novel is the fictional memoir of Dame Lena Gaunt musician octogenarian junkie Lena is Music s Most Modern Musician the first theremin player of the twentieth century Fro

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    1. This is one of those introspective books, a first person narrative of a woman in her eighties , a passionate pioneer musician, still grieving in old age over the losses of loved ones It s a sad story in so many ways but yet it celebrates the life of Lena Gaunt Who is this Lena Gaunt This is a novel, but what is told here and how it is told, makes you believe you are reading a true memoir I couldn t help but think that Lena Gaunt was a real person or at the very least she was based on a real pers [...]

    2. I have lived in this house, this cottage, for twenty years I will die here I have lived here and played my machine, pulled sound from the aether I am electrical by nature music invents me The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt is the first novel by Australian author, Tracy Farr After a poorly reviewed performance on the theremin at the inaugural Transformer Festival in 1991, Dame Lena Gaunt is approached by film maker Mo Patterson who wants to produce a documentary about her life Initially reluctant, [...]

    3. A book that grows on you the longer one reads it, until it becomes unputdownable A ficitonal account of the life of Dame Lena Gaunt, filled in with aspects of the author s won family history, the lives of prominent NZ and Australian artists of the times and the invention of a unique musical instrument that enthralls.Lena Gaunt was an only child, born in Singapore, schooled in Australia, who became closer to her bachelor Uncle Valentine than her own parents, who were distant, not just physically, [...]

    4. The imaginary autobiography of Lena Gaunt is a wonderful read, and a great first novel from Tracy Farr.Told as a first person narrative it tells the life of Helena Gaunt, known as Lena Gaunt to everyone, from her early years in Malacca, Malaysia, school in Western Australia, and her return to Malacca upon the death oh her mother It then follows her burgeoning musical career and personal life through Sydney and onto Dunedin, New Zealand, which ends with the death of one of the few people she trul [...]

    5. If you re anything like me, you just won t be able to help yourself within a page or two of starting this fascinating book you ll be Googling theramins, seduced by the magic of words into yearning to hear what they sound like Tracy Farr s debut novel, The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, invents the life of a woman who wanted to be Music s Most Modern Musician , and who became the foremost proponent of the first electrical musical instrument the theramin, invented by Leon Theramin in the 1920s.On Y [...]

    6. This review is brought to you courtesy of Wild Colonial Girl blog Tracy Farr s debut novel The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt featured in the October soiree of Friday Night Fictions Dame Lena Gaunt is in her 80s She takes gentle doses of heroin, she swings between men and women as lovers and confidantes, she moves with the times via Perth, Sydney, various parts of Asia and New Zealand, all the while dreaming of her electrified passion the theremin.As Lena raises her fingers and moves her body, Far [...]

    7. I received an ARC from Gallic Books through NetGalley.When we first meet Lena Gaunt, she is a lonely octogenarian who has been invited to play her theremin at a music festival near her home in Perth, Australia Lena has had a long and interesting life and her most notable accomplishment has been as an innovative musician After her performance on her theremin, a odd looking electric instrument that one plays by manipulating one s hands in the air without touching it, she relaxes in her trailer by [...]

    8. I received a copy of The Life And Loves Of Lena Gaunt by Tracy Farr from its publishers, Gallic Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.The Life And Loves Of Lena Gaunt is an introverted and thoughtful novel telling the life story of the world s first theremin player, Lena Gaunt Gaunt never actually existed of course, but Farr s writing so beautifully creates her world that I often found it difficult to remember I wasn t reading about a real person Daughter of an affluent but aloo [...]

    9. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This book is written in the style of a memoir, although it is completely fictional, and I found myself on many occasion feeling as though Lena was a real person and this was a true story This is the kind of story that gets into your bones and stays with you long after you have finished the book.I am surprised at how much I really enjoyed this book, as this isn t something that I would normally be drawn to, but Farr drew me right i [...]

    10. I won this book as a giveaway This is Tracy Farr s first novel, and I have not read any of her short stories, but I thought this was a breathtaking book I certainly knew nothing about the theramin before I read this novel, but Ms Farr s gorgeous, haunting, and musical descriptions made me feel as if I could actually hear Lena playing I confirmed Ms Farr s descriptions were spot on when I looked up the theramin on YouTube I have read many novels that have made me see the writer s words, but it ta [...]

    11. The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt Fremantle Press 2013 , the debut novel by Tracy Farr, is an incredibly detailed and exhaustive fictional biography that charts the course of the invention and rise to popularity of the original electronic musical instrument, the theremin, and its champion, Dame Lena Gaunt The novel is set in two distinct times, and moves between them easily It opens in 1991 with octogenarian Lena living a quiet life of isolation in Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia, with only [...]

    12. To be honest, the first few pages didn t grab me and I began to wonder what I was going to be able to say, especially when I was introduced to the Theramin , one of the first electric musical instruments, invented by Leon Theramin, a Russian, in 1920 Yes, this instrument actually existed and full details can be found on Google There is even a link to You Tube and film of Theramin playing the instrument Once I understood what was being written about I found myself drawn into the story and the beg [...]

    13. A potent story of passion, love and loss mixed with stunning prose Tracy Farr s stunning mesmerizing language will captivate your attention Clearly an author telling a story masterfully, her words a tactile experience Her description of the theremin is outstanding, you visualize as well as hear the instrument at the hands of Lena She delves headfirst emotionally into Lena leaving you spent.Lena Gaunt a woman of quiet strength, you understand her pain as she reflects on her past A bohemian, fearl [...]

    14. Spanning her life of 90 years, this novel tells of an only child raised initially in Singapore, then sent aged 4 to a boarding school in Perth, Australia Escape from the school occurred every weekend when her uncle would take her out and about With him she discovered the cello, not considered a ladylike instrument, but one she took up nevertheless This led, later, to the theremin, an electronic musical instrument played by manipulating currents of air, and she became famous.Segments of the story [...]

    15. A most interesting book especially for me as I grew up in the late 50 s and 60 s in John Street, Cottesloe The writing and setting description were beautiful and true It was a sometimes sad, quiet and artistic walk through different times and countries As the story progressed it pulls the reader into a strange and in some ways old fashioned world Yet these are bohemians The lives described do not fit the usual stereotypes I found Lena an interesting and complex character The supporting character [...]

    16. I had never heard of a theramin so I googled it and was so intrigues by this little known device that I had to read this book after I had listened to the music It s like an orchestra conducted by a single person Lean was sent away to school as a child in Australia Although her parents were emotionally and physically distant she develops a relationship with her Uncle that introduces her to a seedier side of life As she develops her musical career she discovers the theramin and it becomes her pass [...]

    17. What a thing of beauty this novel is, especially impressive for a debut Fictional account of a life characterized by music and sadness that s sure to move even a heart of stone Life long enough, public enough becomes in its own way a part of history and a lens to witness history through In this particular case it was interesting to read about pre, during and post war Sydney The narrative, though, is the real star here, and Farr, much like an eponymous expert thereminist herself, does a terrific [...]

    18. I really enjoyed this book Tracy Farr truly has a gift with words I was amazed by how easily I glided through the book Beautifully written the imagery that Farr managed to create made me think at times that I was there I was surprised when I could almost smell the scenes

    19. The theremin is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the thereminist It is named after the Westernized name of its Russian inventor, L on Theremin, who patented the device in 1928 I cannot believe this book has not been read by people It was so beautifully written with a unique historical fiction storyline Set predominately in Perth and New Zealand from 1927 1991, Helena Lena Gaunt is eighty years old Maureen Mo Patterson, a documentarian filmmaker, is m [...]

    20. A good read about a life well spent and a beautifully wrought description of playing the theramin which seems to be undergoing a revival at present The protagonist is conveniently without the need to ever work or wed, and is ostensibly writing this book as her own biography while resisting the efforts of others to film or story her life Nice that it s set on cottesloe, WA.

    21. This is just so beautifully written, but I am still a bit devastated that not even a smidge of it is a true story, I was hoping for historical fiction but no it s just plain fiction, unless I m wrong and someone who has done some better research can correct me

    22. i received this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review What an unusual but lovely book charting the life of well lived you almost believed this was a true story emotional atmospheric I highly recommend

    23. The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, by Tracy Farr, is the fictional memoir of an octogenarian musician who has lived through two world wars and across four continents It is a stunning example of writing that touches the soul, beautiful and haunting in its resonance The understated emotion which simmers beneath the surface is all the powerful for being recounted in modulated, demure textures and tones.Lena Gaunt is an only child, born to wealthy, Australian parents in 1910 Singapore She is shipped [...]

    24. Whilst the concept of an octogenarian making a come back at a music festival provides an interesting opening, I found the story hard to get into This and Helena Lena meeting with Maureen Mo Patterson took 10% of the booke next part which sees Lena through her school days is when I was captivated by the quality of the writing the period from 1910 to the early 1920s is set in Western Australia.From here the tale is told in two timeframes Alternating between Lena s story of her life in the Far East [...]

    25. The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt is a novel that is completely different to my usual crime fiction And I loved every bit of it Even having the press release stating that it was a fictional biography I was still convinced that Lena existed I was googling both her and the instrument that she played, the theremin Think of the music that featured in Midsomer Murders Covering a period of eighty years, most of it set in Australia and New Zealand but also in Europe where Lena experienced her first real [...]

    26. Have you ever heard the sound of a theremin I had never even heard of this instrument, thought it was something made up Its sound is something between eerie and amazing, like a scratchy violin or an old cello, but I m probably not describing it right.What s even amazing is that you play the theremin without touching it, moving your hands to create the sound And Dame Lena Gaunt, the main and fictional character of Tracy Farr s book was the best theremin player in the world, a pioneer of electron [...]

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