The Train in the Night

The Train in the Night

A Story of Music and Loss

Book - 2013
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"SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 WELLCOME TRUST BOOK PRIZE How do you lose music? Then having lost it, what do you do next? Nick Coleman found out the morning he woke up to a world changed forever by Sudden Neursosensory Hearing Loss. The Train in the Night is an account of one man's struggle to recover from the loss of his greatest passion - and go one further than that- to restore his ability not only to hear but to think about and feel music, by going back to the series of big bangs which kicked off his musical universe. The result a memoir not quite like any other. It is about growing up, about taste and love and suffering and delusion and longing to be Keith Richards. It is funny, heartbreaking and, above all, true."
Publisher: London : Vintage Books, 2013, c2012
ISBN: 9780099554332
Branch Call Number: 780.92 Colem
Characteristics: 275 p. ; 20 cm


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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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