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The Bells: A Novel
 
 
Author
Richard Harvell.
Publisher Crown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780307590527
Pages/Publication Date 371/2010
Daedalus Item Code 31056
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"I grew up as the son of a man who could not possibly have been my father. Though there was never any doubt that my seed had come from another man, Moses Froben, Lo Svizzero, called me 'son.' And I called him 'father'." From this opening note, young Nicolai Froben introduces the reader to a remarkable life, in which a poor peasant in the Swiss Alps, the son of a deaf-mute bell ringer, became the most renowned soprano in 18th-century Europe. Richard Harvell's debut novel is suffused with the ineffable abilities of the human voice to transcend mere words with music.

"The Bells does for the ears what Perfume did for the nose. A novel to engage the senses as well as tickle the mind."—Sarah Dunant

"Born in a belfry in the Uri Valley of the Swiss Alps, where his deaf-mute mother rang the Loudest Bells on Earth, Moses Froben possesses both a remarkably sensitive ear and an exquisite singing voice, enabling him to overcome his humble origins to become Lo Suizzero the musical toast of Europe in the 18th century. In papers left for the son he raised but did not sire, Froben recounts being rescued from his father's murderous plan by monks Nicolai and Remus and taken to their abbey, where the choirmaster recognizes the boy's gift and goes to inhumane lengths to preserve it. In the neighboring town, Moses meets Amalia Duft, daughter of the area's wealthiest man, whose love becomes a beacon for his life even after his castration. Taking few liberties with history, Harvell has fashioned an engrossing first novel ringing with sounds; a musical and literary treat."—Booklist

 
 
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