A young journalist prompts a reclusive piano superstar to open up, resulting in this stunning graphic sonata exploring a lifetime of rivalry, regret, and redemption. 1933. In the small French village of Cressy-la-Valoise, a local piano contest brings together two brilliant young players: Julien Dubois, the privileged heir of a wealthy family, and François Samson, the janitor's son. One wins, one loses, and both are changed forever. 1997. In a huge mansion stained with cigarette smoke and memories, a bitter old man is shaken by the unexpected visit of an interviewer. Somewhere between reality and fantasy, Julien composes, like in a musical score, a complex and moving story about the cost of success, rivalry, redemption, and flying pianos. When all is said and done, did anyone ever truly win? And is there any music left to pla
adult graphic fiction (contains nudity, drugs, adult situations, language). Set in France 1930s-present day (through Nazi occupation and after)
gorgeously illustrated, beautifully told story of a musician's fantastic, dramatic, tragic life. I was
What a delightful story, primarily set during and after World War 2 in France. Felipe Melo's words and Juan Cavia's realistic color illustrations meld perfectly to tell a story of regret, redemption and the power of music.
It's a bit predictable, but simply and well told with characters who are easy to become attached to.