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The Shock of Recognition  : The Books and Music That Have Inspired Me - Barry Jones

The Shock of Recognition

The Books and Music That Have Inspired Me

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With all his generosity, Barry Jones shares his love of the great literature and music of the world.

'How much time do I have left? A hundred days? A thousand? If I knew I was going to die next week but could be taken to see The Marriage of Figaro tonight, would I go? Absolutely.'

In a long and generously lived life, Barry Jones has been on an endless quest to share the extraordinary and the beautiful, to encourage the pursuit of an abundant life of reading and listening.

Following the publication of A Thinking Reed, he was staggered by the response to his lists of the great works that have had the most profound effect on his life and thinking. Here he expands on those lists to write about the literature and the music that have inspired him. With no claims to objectivity, he urges us to take the plunge, to rattle the bars of the cage and expose ourselves to the music of Hildegard of Bingen, Johann Sebastian Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, Mahler, Ravel and Stravinsky as well as the writings of Homer, Dante, Chaucer, Montaigne, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Sterne, Tolstoy, Proust, Joyce, and Beckett among many more.

Eagerly awaited by his many followers, The Shock of Recognition is a deeply considered, richly rewarding and often very funny journey of the mind.

About the Author

Hon. Dr Barry Jones is a writer, broadcaster and former Labor member of both the Victorian and Federal parliaments. Australia's longest serving Science Minister (1983-90), he served as National President of the Australian Labor Party from 1992 to 2000 and again in 2005-06. He is the only person to have been elected as a Fellow of all four Australian learned academies: Technological Sciences and Engineering in 1992, the Humanities in 1993, Science in 1996 and Social Sciences in 2003.

He was also a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO in Paris (1991-95), Vice-President of the World Heritage Committee (1995-96) and a consultant for the OECD. Foundation Chair of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, a board member of CARE Australia for 20 years, for a decade he chaired both the Port Arthur Historic Site and Vision2020Australia. He was awarded an AC in 2014.

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this is an outstanding contribution to the coffers of education, nostalgia, literary dissection, mature advice and reflection and an absolute goldmine of information. Of most value when the piece described has been read - usually meaning that the work must be read again - but also when it is never read or unknown. In that case one is turned to fly to the source. Thoroughly recommend.

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A musical and literary delight.

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A classical music enthusiast will be curious to listen to different interpretations of familiar works; and it makes a useful aide-memoire.

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The Shock of Recognition

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1. LIFE OF MY MIND

PART I MUSIC, THE FOOD OF LOVE

2. GREAT MUSIC: SIXTY WORKS

3. EARLY AND BAROQUE MUSIC

4. CLASSICAL AND ROMANTIC MUSIC

5. MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

6. OPERA

PART II GREAT LITERATURE

7. FROM HOMER TO DANTE

8. LADY MURASAKI AND THE TALE OF GENJI

9. CHAUCER'S CANTERBURY TALES AND TYNDALE'S BIBLE

10. MONTAIGNE, EXPLORER OF SELF

11. DON QUIXOTE

12. SHAKESPEARE AS NOVELIST

13. FIVE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ORIGINALS

14. FRENCH MASTERS

15. PROUST'S IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME

16. THE GREAT RUSSIANS

17. EXILES

NOW, VOYAGER

APPENDIX: A guide for music consumers

ISBN: 9781741759662
ISBN-10: 1741759668
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 27th January 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1