The Vexations

The Vexations

A "marvelous" (Wall Street Journal), "enthralling" (New York Times Book Review) debut novel about love, family, genius, and the madness of art, circling the life of eccentric composer Erik Satie and La Belle Époque Paris Erik Satie begins life with every possible advantage. But after the dual blows of his mother's early death and his father's breakdown upend his childhood, Erik and his younger siblingParis(New(Wall...

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Title:The Vexations
Author:Caitlin Horrocks
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The Vexations Reviews

  • Nancy
    On February 18, 2018, we attended the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's French Festival to hear Claude Debussy's orchestration of Erik Satie's Gymnopédies Nos.1 & 3 along with music by Dukas, Saint-Saens, and Offenbach.I had not realized previously how much I loved French music! I wanted to attend eve...
  • Patricia
    Thanks to a Goodreads giveaway, I enjoyed an advance copy of THE VEXATIONS. French composer and pianist Erik Satie lived from 1866 to 1925 and was part of a memorable era of artistic change in Paris. Friends and acquaintances such as Claude Debussy, Picasso, Cocteau, Man Ray, and his one love, Suzan...
  • Pamela
    I'm totally under this book's spell. The Vexations is as funny as it is beautiful. It's about making art in the big city, but it's also about the absurdity of playing the role of a Great Artist. It's about family and how deep those ties can cut, but it's also about the leeway we give our most ridicu...
  • Amanda
    Disclaimer: I went to college with Caitlin, so am predisposed to like this and praise it. That said, this is well worth the read for anyone interested in Paris during the late 1880s and into the 1910s, artistic culture in Montmarte, classical music, and the idea of genius and what toll that takes on...
  • Paltia
    Many years ago I happened upon Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie #1. This piece of music instantly awakened a host of emotions - awe, wonder, longing and melancholy. When I saw this fictionalized story of his life I was thrilled. The Vexations begins with the grieving Satie family arriving, from Paris, o...
  • Gayle Slagle
    The Vexations by Caitlin Horrocks is a fascinating novel that revolves around the life of Eric Satie, a French composer; to be honest, I had never heard of Satie even though I consider myself a lover of music. However, after reading this debut novel I can say that i have been given great insight int...
  • Julie Christine
    A gorgeously-penned novel that is nominally about real-life composer Erik Satie, but at its core is the story of the death of a possibility. Not of Erik Satie's, whom Caitlin Horrocks shows to be an occasionally inspired, oft-petulant and paranoid genius, but of his sister Louise's, whose gender mad...
  • Suzanne
    I read 115 pages of this novel and still didn't care about any of the characters. I would return to the book each night before bed having forgotten what it was about. I picked up another book on my list, read 15 pages and was hooked. So....the writing maybe? The subject matter? The pace? Yes, all of...

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