Friday, April 8, 2011

Johann Sebastian Bach by Rick Marschall

The book Johann Sebastian Bach by Rick Marschall is in a series of books called “Christian Encounters”. This series of biographies has been written to show the Christianity that was a large part of some of history’s familiar characters. It is a nice small-sized book, with fold-over covers that can function as bookmarks in a pinch!
This book has many explanations about traditions of the day and other sections that explain how things “worked” in that age and time. Details are given about Bach’s family (for instance, did you know that he came from a long line of musicians—music really “ran in the family”! There are descriptions of circumstances under which he wrote many of his musical works as well.

I am sorry to say that I did not much like this book. I love biographies and reading about the lives of historical figures, but found that this book was not an easy style of book for me to read. If I were doing detailed research of Bach I may have found it more helpful, but for me, it was not entertaining, compelling, or even easily flowing. It was very laborious to get through all the chapters. So, I’m going to just say that I’m sure there are many readers who would like this book, maybe more scholarly people, but it just didn’t happen to be a favorite of mine.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through
the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.

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