The Courage Consort Paperback
by Michel Faber
The Courage Consort, possibly the seventh best-known a cappella vocal ensemble in Britain, are given two weeks in a Belgian chateau to rehearse their latest commission, the monstrously complicated Partitum Mutante. But can the piece be performed? Does it matter that its composer is a maniac best known for attacking his wife with a stiletto shoe at the baggage reclaim of Milan airport?
Can the five members of the Consort endure their own sexual tensions and wildly differing temperaments? And what is the inhuman voice that calls out to them from the woods at night?
The esoteric world of avant-garde classical music is the unlikely setting for a story of rare power - perhaps the most moving Michel Faber has yet written.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 30/07/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781841955346
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Review by edwinbcn
Another uninspiring read, bland & unintersting, with an oddly large sprawling of Dutch words and expressions.
Review by WorldInColour
What to say, what to say. The Courage Consort is a somewhat disfunctional choir group that retreats to a castle in Belgium to practice a complicated avant-garde musical piece. Focus is on the relationships between the characters, and Faber manages to present these in an adequately interesting way. <br/><br/>I do however feel that there are a lot of loose ends. Some interesting characteristics are brought forward, but are never really developed throughout the story. This leaves the reader with a novella that could have been so much more than just a novella. Which is a pity.