The Train in the Night

The Train in the Night

A Story of Music and Loss

Book - 2013
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For thirty years Nick Coleman immersed himself in music, from rock'n'roll to "pro rock," jazz to classical, until one morning as he sat up in bed, his right ear went stone deaf. His left ear--as though to compensate--started to make horrific noises " the inside of an old fridge hooked up to a half-blown amplifier."

The Train in the Night explores the world in which a music critic must cope with a world that has abruptly lost its most important element, sound. But Coleman opens more than his struggle; he delves back into his past to examine how music defined his identity, how that identity must be reshaped by its loss, and how at time the memory of the music can be just as powerful as the music itself.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, c2013
ISBN: 9781619021853
Branch Call Number: ML429.C568 A3 2013
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 24 cm


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A music critic who experienced sudden hearing loss in one ear recounts his struggle to adapt to his new condition and reconnect with music while reflecting on how music has defined his identity and the link between music and memory.

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Mar 21, 2016

It is probably unfair of me to review this book because I did not ... or could not... read all of it. The first two pages are a great description of a sudden hearing loss, and the tinnitus that goes with it. I know about that from firsthand experience and that is why I could not finish the book. After a year with a cochlear implant, music is just a painful noise in my ears and reading about how much he loved music was also emotionally painful. After reading the first chapter, I skimmed though the rest of book and most was about his life before the hearing loss. I was hoping to find out more about how he coped with his hearing loss. It is probably in there somewhere. If you have a large vocabulary and can deal with his pretentious use of uncommon words, you may enjoy the book; its fog index (reading complexity) is off the charts.


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