Uncle Rudolf: A Novel

Front Cover
Macmillan, Feb 18, 2004 - Fiction - 183 pages
0 Reviews
In Uncle Rudolf, two-time Booker-Prize finalist Paul Bailey has crafted an exquisite, profoundly moving portrayal of a charismatic and popular performer in World War II-era Europe, and the orphaned nephew he takes under his wing.

Seventy-year-old man Andre reflects back on his life, beginning with his Jewish childhood in Romania on the eve of World War II. Andre's father, in a desperate effort to save him from the coming holocaust, hands him over to his captivating uncle Rudolf, an internationally famous singer of popular operettas. Rudolf is a sublimely gifted lyric tenor, a dashing leading man who is the object of many women's affections-but also an artist who lives in the shadow of his own unachieved potential as an opera star. Rudolf takes the boy to back to London, renames him Andrew, turns all his attention and sardonic humor upon him, and gradually sculpts him into a gentleman.

Vivid, often lighthearted scenes of Andrew's worldly life with Rudolf are intertwined with the unfolding secrets of his forgotten past as Andre, which have shadowed his otherwise happy life. Told in matchless prose, Uncle Rudolf captures in fine detail the mood of 1940s Europe--and reveals the emotions of a man whose achievement falls short of his brilliant promise. It is a wise, knowing, elegant story about the sacrifices we make for those we love.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

UNCLE RUDOLF

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An adoring nephew pays homage to his childhood savior, a star of European operettas, in a masterly, unsentimental evocation of childhood and exile.A train is taking a small boy and his affectionate ... Read full review

Uncle Rudolf

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Bailey, whose Gabriel's Lament and Peter Smart's Confessions were Booker Prize finalists, is truly a skilled writer. His latest has much to offer, telling the poignant tale of a young boy's escape ... Read full review

Selected pages

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
2
Section 3
5
Section 4
7
Section 5
21
Section 6
23
Section 7
24
Section 8
30
Section 20
109
Section 21
113
Section 22
115
Section 23
127
Section 24
130
Section 25
136
Section 26
138
Section 27
145

Section 9
42
Section 10
48
Section 11
57
Section 12
69
Section 13
70
Section 14
80
Section 15
83
Section 16
92
Section 17
100
Section 18
104
Section 19
108
Section 28
154
Section 29
156
Section 30
165
Section 31
168
Section 32
171
Section 33
175
Section 34
176
Section 35
181
Section 36
183
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2004)

Paul Bailey is the author of seven previous novels, including the critically acclaimed Kitty & Virgil; At the Jerusalem, which won the Somerset Maugham award; Peter Smart's Confessions and Gabriel's Lament, both of which were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lives in London.

Bibliographic information