- Book Review by Michael Radon
"'What makes you a better person if you are made in one way and not the other? And how would you even know the difference?'"
Ludwig Mann is a conductor riding the heights of fame and execution in his profession. Organizing orchestras in sell-out live performances and selling popular recordings around the world, life seems to be in the palm of his hand. Still, he is plagued with insecurities and doubt about his work, his life, and his romance. On the one hand is Tiffany Yun, a talented pianist whom he has bound his existence to despite fate and culture keeping them apart. On the other is Josephine deBois, his manager, who has been with him every step of the way and is deeply committed to him. The pressures of being a celebrity and always in demand compound this unsure aspect of his nature, but a deeper, darker secret is hidden from even Ludwig himself.
The reality is that Ludwig is the result of the ultimate experiment, one that serves to prove or disprove that humanity is what it is because of the existence of a soul or some mystical providence. Synthetically created by advanced scientists and backed by powerful church figures, Ludwig is the answer to the question of what makes human beings unique. His creative ability and the romance surrounding him are viewed ultimately as a success by the scientists responsible for him but as blasphemy to their holy benefactors. Desperate to strike all evidence of this disastrous outcome before it can be made public, Ludwig and the people close to him feel the tightening of the conspiracy around them and must fight for their survival as they also develop their own answers to the all-important question of humanity.
Written in a screenplay style and format, many of the scenes that occur in this story come to life with stage direction, film transitions, and the clever use of a soundtrack—all described by the author in between dialogue and exposition. This choice allows the reader to be “ground-level” with the characters, often spending as much time with their feelings and their day-to-day concerns than with the grand conspiracy hanging over the narrative. Indeed, it takes time for this to be revealed to the audience aside from a foreboding introduction, creating a storytelling
- Book Review by Walter from New York
"I finished Amadeus in a single day on Friday in a great big rush but I can hardly say that I understood it. Did Giovanni and Josephine steal the powder and create their own copy of Ludwig? I guess so. was Ludwig human? I guess not, else why couldn't Cho_Jin connect with 'him'? I feel I must have sped right by the points critical to unlocking the whole mystery -perhaps the interview with Sora - perhaps in the meeting of the students told in flashback at the end - I would have to reread this very slowly and carefully to have a chance to really get the point.
This is a screenplay and I have a feeling it could be quite successfully translated to film: Josephine dubious clearly has a passionate appreciation both for music and the finer things of life and even the finer manifestations of the natural landscape: all these could translate into a luscious cinematic experience. And the story itself is a page turner regardless of the ultimate meaning - so that will tend to keep an audience happy too - plus some sexy parts will never hurt it's marketability. Good luck to Josephine - may "Amadeus" find its proper audience!" " There was one other thing I meant to say but forgot and that is that the writing itself is very strong from start to finish - the author had a very clear vision of what 'she' wanted to say and expressed that vision with authority (even if i didn't understand it completely)." Walter from New York
- Book Review by Akela Grevy
"Beautiful and impossible to put down"
I read this magnificent work, amadeus over a single weekend. The plot is gripping and the meticulously detailed sensual scenes left my heart heavy and wanting for more. Josephine DeBois managed to produce a screenplay that is just as readable as it will be watchable. However, the complexity of the work and its numerous characters make it an ideal gateway to the big screen. Meanwhile, I recommend all lovers of mystery and romance to dive into the world of Sergeant Samuel and his workings in both New York City and Italy.
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