“Pick a Strad up, play that first note, and it surges through you. You feel possessed, limitless. You are holding immortality.” – Min Kym, Gone
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I love reading books about artists. They’re full of a passion that most people never feel in their lifetime. But very few artists are able to express their passion in words, but Min Kym managed that feat beautifully.
What’s the Book About?
Gone is Min Kym’s memoir. She was a child prodigy and started playing the violin (exceptionally well) at the age of six. In the way that prodigies do, she quickly gained recognition for her abilities and was soon playing in concerts across the globe.
At the age of twenty-one, she met the violin that would change her life. She’d met her soul-mate, the instrument that would take her where she needed to go.
But too soon, just ten years later, it was stolen from her. And with it went the life that Min had been living. Everything changed for her in that moment, and it’s never been the same.
In this memoir, Min talks about her rise in the world of music, her struggles, her challenges, her love of music, and always that violin that changed everything for her.
Why Did I Like Gone?
Min writes the way she plays, with passion. You can feel it seeping out of the page through her words. She expresses herself well and tells her story in a straight forward, yet whimsical way.
I’ll admit, I got lost in some parts where she talked about music, notes, or composers. I’m not terribly musical (I pretend to play the piano), and I’m a stranger to the music world she comes from. But those parts were short and infrequent, so I didn’t get lost often.
I spent most of the 220 pages thinking how passionate she is about her music, her violin. Her love for the instrument is paramount.
Ultimately, Gone is an interesting look into the life of a child prodigy, a violinist, a woman who’s life is music. I wonder if we’ll see more work from Min in the future. I hope so.
Source: I received a copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program.
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