William Boyd’s Love Is Blind (Knopf, $26.95) is the story of Brodie Moncur, a piano tuner born with perfect pitch. It is his perfect pitch that takes him from a banal village in Scotland to the cosmopolitan cities of Edinburgh, Paris, and St. Petersburg. It is in these cities that he meets John Kilbarron, “the Irish Liszt,” and his romantic companion, Lika Blum. It is within this triangle of different people that conflicts of love, duplicity, and revenge fester. It is an age-old story told with Boyd’s clear and elegant style of writing. Readers who have missed Boyd’s beautifully-written narratives about a hero’s journey through a particular time period will rejoice at Boyd’s return after a three-year silence. Readers who have not yet read him but still enjoy good historical fiction will find Love Is Blind as a good entry point to Boyd’s marvelous oeuvre.
Love Is Blind by William Boyd