3 down, 22 to go

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Reading Challenge | 6 comments

I just finished the third book in my ambitious plan to read 25 books this year (for pleasure — I have other reading to do, too). I think it might have fit into several categories, but I’m going to go with music. For obvious reasons.


I haven’t felt so personally drawn into a book in a long time, and I regret that it has taken me over a decade to discover The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany. Martin Goldsmith’s account of his parents’ love story, intertwined as it was with the increasing dangers of the Nazi regime in Germany, and the beautiful expression of joy through music captured my heart.

Goldsmith tells his family’s story — a love story. A story of betrayal. Of sacrifice. Of humanity — with the inhumane backdrop of the Holocaust. The looming specter of death is ever-present, except in those places touched by music.

The title, the Inextinguishable Symphony, captures the heart of the story, and the heart of the lovers whose lives are unquestionably, a symphony.



  1. Always looking for a new book to read. Thanks for posting about this. Sounds intriguing. May have to take the time to read it.

  2. Thanks for the touching overview. Added this book to my TBR list on goodreads.

  3. Wow, I am sure I will find myself search this in a bookstore.
    Good luck with your writing challenge!

  4. Sounds like what is known as a ‘tearjerker’. Good luck on your challenge. Especially since it involves reading.

    • It’s really less of a tear jerker from the romantic angle and more of an eye opener for those unaware of the extent of the suffering of Jews in this period.

  5. Oh that’s awesome. We shall encourage each other. I just started #4. I hate to say it, but I seem to read faster on the kindle. Weird.


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