Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Chopin’s Funeral by Benita Eisner (B Chopin)

Chopin’s Funeral starts, as you would expect, with the composer’s funeral. It was a big affair with four thousand invitation-only guests, held in a cathedral, with music chosen by Frederic Chopin himself. Rich friends paid for the affair, which masked the near poverty in which he died. Despite the title, the focus of the book is Chopin’s life, especially his unlikely nine-year relationship with the French novelist George Sand. He and the novelist were in many ways opposites. She was more gregarious, and some of the friends that she chose shocked him. She was a socialist, and he longed for a good monarchy. They also disagreed about how Sand should raise her daughter. Though Eisner’s book reads much like a novel, look for Chopin’s Funeral in our biography section. – Review by Rick

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This entry was posted on September 19, 2011 by in Biography, Book Review, Non-Fiction.
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