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By Frank Conroy

Within the dim mild of a basement house, six-year-old Claude Rawlings sits at an outdated white piano, making a choice on the sounds he has heard at the radio and closing out the truth of his lonely world.

The surroundings is Nineteen Forties long island, a urban that's "long long gone, changed by way of one other urban of an analogous name." opposed to a backdrop that pulses with sound and rhythm, Body & Soul brilliantly inspires the lifetime of a baby prodigy whose musical genius pulls him out of squalor and into the drawing rooms of the wealthy and a gilt-edged marriage.

But a similar expertise that transforms him additionally hurtles Claude right into a lonely international of obsession and incessant ambition. From Carnegie corridor to the smoky jazz golf equipment of London, Body & Soul burns with ardour and truth--at as soon as a riveting, compulsive learn and a wide ranging glimpse right into a boy's middle and an artist's soul.

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