Renne believes his life to be over. Nathaniel's story is a fascinating one, and it takes us through genius. The story was well worth the time reading it, and the relationships between the characters are priceless. The Soloist would have been worthy of five stars in this reviewer's opinion but for one glaring problem. Lopez has that kind of problem, needing understanding from a wife and young child who don't have that much to give him. He does a great job of keeping the story realistic and believable. More than thirty ears earlier, Ayers had been a promising classical bass student at Julliard--ambitious, charming and also one of the few African-Americans at the school--until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by a mental breakdown.
And of course we have to think about whether he's exploiting Nathaniel of course he is partly, of course that's not always a bad thing. Through Grant's narrative we learn that the musical genius Nathaniel may have battled schizophrenia since childhood. There is the possibility of youth vs. . The road to recovery is slow, cannot be forced, and a great deal of patience is required to help Nathaniel start the process of improving. As a kid I was fascinated and terrified and curious, and to There was a homeless guy that my dad let stay in our unfinished house when I was a kid-- Greg. The time he spends on Nathaniel clearly takes away from the time he spends at home, and yet he can't let go of Nathaniel, whose descent into mental illness is deep but not beyond connection.
Well, that is not exactly right. Ayers and Lopez make up. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. How will these two influences affect our narrator's life? It is a true story based on investigative journalism, which eventually tells more about the author than the subject. Thus, there is a significant amount of gratuitous foul language and some intense violence and strange, dreamlike effects. I had two key take-aways from reading this book: I have a new appreciation for and interest in classical music, and relationships change our brain chemistry.
This non-fiction story will keep you wanting more and more. Should he have been forced to get into treatment and take medications? His instrument of choice was the cello. As we watch the trial unfold and see Renne empathize with Phillip, the reader is treated to several great passages. I had to read it. But there's nothing behind me except my shadow. Renne Sundheimer was a child prodigy. This was blamed on the film's initial release date being postponed, as well as the film's release coming one week before the 2009 summer movie season.
Renne begins his life as a child prodigy and travels with world with his mother to perform. One side note: Since I have a close relative who was diagnosed schizophrenic now they prefer to call it bipolar with a schizoid affect - whatever! Nathaniel steals your heart and you root for him to get better. I felt like he was hiding the fact that the story was really about him, and I was getting pissed about it. That's what I was expecting. I appreciated the author's writing style, honesty, and vulnerability as he told this true story. They are building a strong foundation to prevent and end homelessness once and for all. Ayers This book documents the first two years of the friendship between Mr.
That's a story I understand. Not only is this a good story, but for anyone who has a loved one with schizophrenia in their life, it may be eye-opening and help understand the condition, what to expect, which approaches work and which do not, and perhaps get some help. Renne is a former musical child prodigy now teaching music at a university - too young to be a retired concert soloist, too old to still be a virgin. I was in awe in a scene where Downey and Foxx sit together and listen to a Los Angeles Symphony rehearsal at the Disney Concert Hall. Salzman is also the author of the memoir Lost in Place: Growing Up Absurd in Suburbia, and the novels The Laughing Sutra, The Soloist, and Lying Awake. Lopez writes this biography in a journalistic nature, drawing in readers with his wittiness, clever word choices, and infusing his own personality, fears, and joys into this great work.
Although The Soloist fulfills its general purpose of telling the story of Nathaniel Ayers, Steve Lopez falls short in making real change happen as a result of his ability to implant hope into the minds of readers, ultimately coming short of his potential. Overall, it is a good read, but nothing spectacular. The plot is enticing: Reinhardt, a child prodigy cellist, loses his gift and spends years trying to get it back so he can live the life of a concert musician. And for those who have no clue about music, as the narrator started out, it teaches the power and an appreciation beyond the simple enjoyment of a tune. Lopez attended the briefing this afternoon and his message to members of Congress and the rest of us in the Capitol's visitors center was moving and compelling on several fronts. The trial made him open his eyes to what he had been missing in life and where he truly stood. This isn't my typical genre.
Many reviewers have said that this book puts a face on mental illness and the homeless and that's true. The better the musician, the more exacting the perception of musical subtleties, the more difficult it is to derive satisfaction from the performance, unless the pure sensual joy and pleasure in communicating with the audience is maintained, and not sublimated to the quest for musical perfection. While any story about a man living on the streets because of mental illness would be wrenching, when the man is not only as talented as Ayers is -- he plays string bass, cello, violin and piano proficiently, and experiments with other instruments -- but is also intelligent, educated, caring and well-spoken, it becomes an even harder story to get through. I really thought that the parallels between Renne's musical quest and Phillips Zen training were remarkable. It really delves into the complexities of offering help to Nathaniel while maintaining his dignity, working with the rhythms of his illness, and the social services capacities. I haven't done it very well at all.
He's divorced from his editor, he suffers a severe biking accident, and he has nothing on his plate worth writing about. And musical people are often a bit nuts. Many officials in Los Angeles and California have also become passionate proponents of supportive housing. Even though this book was not about paranoid schizophrenia, Lopez did a wonderful job in painting the picture of a person who goes through life, on a daily basis, battling this sickness. This book really enlightened me on the reality of homeless living and how dangerous it is. When Renne turns 18, his life takes a sudden turn, when his perfect pitch hearing goes away.