TWO ON A CONTINENT by Lili Foldes

TWO ON A CONTINENT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Hungarians discover America and take their readers (for it is very definitely two persons' book) into the heart of the experience, as they go their adventurous, imaginative and enthusiastic way. Andor Foldes met the young Hungarian correspondent through a mutual friend who was sponsoring his first appearance as a concert pianist in America. It was a case of love at first sight, and the unity of their approach to new experience, to adventure and misadventure shared, makes friendly appeal. A chance to give a series of recitals at the new Summer music festival at Brigham Young University in Utah opened the way to seeing more of this country than most Americans have seen, and for six years they've zigzagged back and forth, up and down- he giving concerts, and she lecturing, now together, now apart,- California, the Pacific Northwest, Utah, Kansas, Charleston (South Carolina), Miami -- these are high spots. Pèrhaps the most entertaining to read (and heartbreaking to experience) was the music camp in the Adirondacks. But the importance of the book lies in the revealing comparison of what they expected of America and what they found; there's a certain charm to the naivete of impression, coupled with a cosmopolitan viewpoint. One wonders if they realize how unusual they are in the extent of their contacts, in the wide (and impressive) scope of experience in a brief six years, the number of people they have made their friends. There is appeal here for the music audience, as well as for those who enjoy good human interest material.

Pub Date: Jan. 27th, 1947
Publisher: Dutton