Lucy Gayheart (VMC) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1985/12/31
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It is 1901, and Lucy Gayheart with her 'singular brightness of young beauty', is studying music in the magical smoky city of Chicago. She is courted by handsome Harry Gordon, the most eligible bachelor in Haverford, the Midwestern town she comes from. But Lucy falls in love with middle-aged Sebastien, a famous singer, whose talents and tenderness change her life forever. First published in 1935, this novel of 'achieved simplicity' displays the depth of Willa Cather's sympathy, both for the world of high art and for the reticent decencies of small town life.
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Lucy is musically gifted, her father realizes this and sends her to a music teacher in Chicago to become more proficient in piano. Her father, also loves music, and leads the band in the small town. Music is very important in this book. Lucy falls in love with the big midwestern city, so full of life, so much to do, to see, so many places to go. But she must live frugally, her family is hard put to send her here, she feels lucky to be able to come. She is growing away from small town life. She also gives piano lessons to students to add to her income.
Professor Auerbach introduces Lucy to Clement Sebastian, a singer with a beautiful voice, who is in need of an accompanist. James Mockford, his piano player, is not well and needs to rest. Mockford is a strange men, he looks young, then older, a theatrical looking person. Lucy takes an instant dislike to him and believes the feeling is mutual.
Clement Sebastian and Lucy Gayheart become attracted to eath other. The young girl from small town midwest and the sophisticated older man, Lucy is attracted to his talent, his world wise sophistication, his travels and knowledge of great cities, countries and artistic type people. Sebastian lives in Paris, he and his wife are at odds, several friends of his youth are dead. Clement is attracted to Lucy's youth, beauty, and potential. He is 50, feels old and burned out.
The book is divided into three parts, youth, life in Chicago, is part one, Part 2, Lucy is back living in Haverford. Part 3 is the end. Professor Auerbach likes Harry and feels he's a good catch, marry him. Life as a piano accompanist isn't that secure, especially for a woman. There is nothing wrong with marriage and small town life. Lucy gets angry with Auerbach and refuses to have anything to do with him.
Harry has married a woman he doesn't love, just to spite Lucy and himself. He will hardly speak to Lucy though she would like to go back to being friends. She is very depressed and talks to good friend, Mrs Ramsey, who tells her she is too young to give up on life. Lucy decides to grab hold of life, get back into her music, move back to Chicago,start teaching piano again. She makes arrangements.
The book is complicated and goes deep into the lives of these characters. But Willa Cather always tells a good story.