The Soloist (Movie Tie-In): A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music
Now a major motion picture-"An intimate portrait of mental illness, of atrocious social neglect, and the struggle to resurrect a fallen prodigy." (Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down) This is the true story of journalist Steve Lopez's discovery of Nathaniel Ayers, a former classical bass... show more
Now a major motion picture-"An intimate portrait of mental illness, of atrocious social neglect, and the struggle to resurrect a fallen prodigy." (Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down) This is the true story of journalist Steve Lopez's discovery of Nathaniel Ayers, a former classical bass student at Julliard, playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles' Skid Row. Deeply affected by the beauty of Ayers's music, Lopez took it upon himself to change the prodigy's life-only to find that their relationship has had a profound change on his own life.
Publish date: September 30th 2008
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages no: 289
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Media Tie In
, Mental Health
, Mental Illness
The book is far better than the movie. I watched half the movie, then listened to all but the final 15 minutes of the audiobook, then finished the movie, then finished the book. After reading the majority of the book, I found the movie much less tolerable than I had before. If Steve had been as unpl...
Watched the movie on a cruise ship some time ago. Frustrated by Lopez's alternately excessive and pathetic expectations of Nathaniel, and his unwillingness to truly connect with the person, not the front page story.
For some reason, I'm not in love with this book. In many ways, the book is more about Lopez than about Ayers (and Lopez is a good guy), and this is a problem because Ayers stays two-dimensional. I think I would have enjoy the articles, for in some ways this is simply "I discovered what mental illn...
A syndicated columnists writes about a homeless man who is a good musician and former Juilliard student. Suddenly the homeless man is famous, and there are many people who want to help him. There's just one problem. This man has schizophrenia and is suspicious of everyone. But glimmers of musica...
Book Description from amazon.comA moving story of the remarkable bond between a journalist in search of a story and a homeless, classically trained musician—destined to be a major motion picture from DreamWorks, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.When Steve Lopez saw Nathaniel Ayers playing hi...