The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

The Gustav Sonata

By Rose Tremain

  • Release Date: 2016-05-19
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 22 Ratings
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The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award
Winner of the South Bank Sky Arts Award
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction
Shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize

What is the difference between friendship and love?

Gustav grows up in a small town in Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem a distant echo. But Gustav’s father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav’s life is a lonely one until he meets Anton. An intense lifelong friendship develops but Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav’s are entwined until it is almost too late...

‘This is a perfect novel’ Observer

'The Gustav Sonata is beautifully rendered, and magnificent in its scope. It glows with mastery' Ian McEwan



    By sucalug3
    A sensitive and well researched novel, written beautifully. Music provides a metaphor for the the ups and downs of a seemingly insecure relationship between two creative individuals which ultimately can make or break them. Read it and find out which.
  • The Gustav Sonata

    By Figgydate
    Fantastic read; a compelling story.