- 出版社: Hard Shell Word Factory (2005年2月1日)
- 平装: 356页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0759943109
- 条形码: 9780759943100
- 商品尺寸: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- 商品重量: 386 g
- ASIN: 0759943109
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Mozart's Wife (英语) 平装 – 2005年2月1日
Giddy sugarplum or calculating bitch? Pretty Konstanze aroused strong feelings among her contemporaries. Her in-law's loathed her. Mozart's friends, more than forty years after his death, remained eager to gossip about her "failures" as wife to the world's first superstar. Maturing from child, to wife, to hard-headed widow, Konstanze would pay Mozart's debts, provide for their children, and relentlessly market and mythologize her brilliant husband. Mozart's letters attest to his affection for Konstanze as well as to their powerful sexual bond. Nevertheless, prominent among the many mysteries surrounding the composer's untimely death: why did his much beloved Konstanze never mark his grave?
The greatest strength of this novel is the main character, who is not Mozart, but Constanze, his wife. Whether you like her or dislike her, in this novel she is not to be ignored. Stanzi's voice seems real and authentic (and quite different from the voice of Mozart's young lover in My Mozart, the story of a woman who only saw the part, not the whole).
I felt as if I were being taken into the heart of an 18th century marriage, which is not, after all, very different from a 21st century marriage--passion and foolishness, hope, delight and adoration followed by the almost inevitable disillusionment as the real world batters at the gates of romance. The Mozart of this novel is sensitive, kindhearted, sensual, and so eager to please that he can't say no, especially to a pretty or a talented woman. And yet he is so lovable and irresistible to his wife that she forgives him time and again, not only for his infidelities, but also for his complete idiocy with regard to their finances. But the anger slowly builds inside her until she, too, is willing to dabble in a discreet but forbidden romance.
Although I probably wouldn't have made the same choices as Stanzi does in this story, I can empathize with her, and even root for her when she does her best to put the broken pieces of her life back together. I can't even imagine how terrible it must have been to keep getting pregnant and keep losing one beloved child after another to death. Yet this was what most women endured before reliable birth control measures were invented. Anyone who romanticizes what it was like to live in the past will surely be brought up short when reading this account of what marriage and motherhood were really like for women in this era. And if you love Mozart and his music, there is a great deal to appreciate here, too, even though his music is not the primary focus of this book.
Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys lively, well-researched historical novels.
Constanze is a strong woman who loves Mozart deeply but must learn to deal with his flirtatious nature (is he faithful?), his drinking and partying, and his constant overspending. The novel deals with the reality of a woman's life - talented and intelligent in her own right - where the double standard was exacerbated by the Mozart's choices.
Both characters are complex - I found myself admiring them, yet annoyed with them at time. The life of the Mozarts as a couple and the complex society they lived in was well presented with a good balance between the exposition necessary to render the world well and the action that moved the story. My favorite parts were the dialog between Mozart and Constanze because they were so different, yet loved each other despite all they faced.
Told from the point of view of Konstanze "Stanzi" Weber (her surname before she became Mlle. Mozart), we learn early on that Mozart is likable and fall in love easily. He first courts Stanzi's older sister, Aloysia, who treats him most despicably and shuns him, but it seems that this was divine providence because who he was meant to be with was Stanzi all along. However, despite their great love, Mozart was a very difficult person to be married to. I think what comes along with genius a lot of times is a sense of entitlement and Mozart most assuredly had that. It was hard not to feel sorry for Konstanze with all she endured and yet a nod must be given to a woman who stood by a musical genius whose music perhaps may have taken a different turn if not for his marriage to this remarkable woman.
What most impressed me about this novel was how well the characters and dialog were written. It became very easy to get lost in the story and almost feel like I was right there. It takes a talent to pull this off, especially in historical fiction that is set in the past. The author has written many historical novels and now that I've read and enjoyed this one, I can't wait to discover her others.
Konstanze's story progresses from a starry-eyed girl's adoration of the man she loves to a mature woman's wisdom, and ultimately, early widowhood. Being married to a creative, eccentric genius is a bumpy road that leads her along the path of debt and infidelity. To complicate matters, she endures multiple pregnancies with only two children surviving. Grief draws the couple closer together, then later serves as a wedge driving them apart.
The only constant in their lives is Mozart's music. During lean years, Konstanze grows to wonder why he keeps writing what no one wants to hear. But Mozart in his dying words promises her that his music will take care of her and the children.
Mozart's Wife is a story of love, jealousy, grief, and most importantly--forgiveness. A fast-paced read, Ms. Waldron has exquisite, smooth-flowing prose. I found myself reading more on Mozart, which attests to how much I was swept into the 18th century and the life of perhaps the most creative composer of all time. Mozart's Wife is a must read for classical music lovers and historical readers alike.