The imperative of genius and the sin of pride drive young Rupert to practice his beloved violin in secret -- away from the...

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RUPERT HATTON'S STORY

The imperative of genius and the sin of pride drive young Rupert to practice his beloved violin in secret -- away from the unaccountable hostility of his aged father who lives in unseemly luxury at the rundown private school of Old Vine in Baildon. Rupert's secret passion eventually leads to a violent confrontation in which his father destroys the valuable Amati and kills the kindly schoolmaster Uncle Flowerdew, and Rupert runs away, penniless and injured, to the protection of the great concert violinist Danielli. The historical ambience (presumably 18th century) is economically rendered and the hints of skeletons in the family closet and promise of brilliant futures are neatly interwoven; yet if Rupert's eventual establishment as Danielli's protege fulfills his wildest dreams, it leaves one wondering what's happening back home at Old Vine. Accomplished but essentially conventional variations on a familiar theme.

Pub Date: March 1, 1973

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Publisher: Nelson

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1973