Book Review: Mozart's Ghost


Years ago I read The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron and it's no exaggeration to say it changed my life. The book was the reason I started writing Morning Pages and ultimately blogging; it's what gave me courage to call myself "creative" and encouraged me to pursue a new career.

I have nothing but gratitude and respect for Julia Cameron.

I offer this elaborate preface to explain why I wandered away from my recommended reading list and picked up one of Ms. Cameron's novels, in this case, Mozart's Ghost.

How could I go wrong, I reasoned, Julia is so wise. I really, really wanted to like this book.

Unfortunately, I didn't.

In fact, I found this my most painful read of the year.  My list of grievances is as disappointing as it is harsh.

I'll keep it brief, but the book doesn't work because it’s riddled with problems such as

  • An unsympathetic lead character
  • Flat characters overall
  • Simplistic and predictable plot
  • Tired clichés
  • Poor story structure

I’m just getting started, but I think you get my drift. I barely pulled myself across the finish line with this book.

I’m going to spare you any quotes because I think I’ve made my point. Read at your own risk.

As for me, I’ve learned my lesson and will read from the collected recommendations my trusted fellow readers offer.

I’m looking forward to a new book this week!