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The Soloist: A Lost Dream, an Unlikely Friendship, and the Redemptive Power of Music

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A moving story of a remarkable bond between a journalist in search of a story and a homeless, classically trained musician, "The Soloist" is soon to ... Show synopsis

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Sylvester

A glimpse of the raw world of homelessness

by Sylvester on Nov 25, 2009

Dimming the harsh and uninformed judgemental glare of homelessness, this book leads us through the alleyways and depths of the denizens of skid row, as portrayed by Steve Lopez, a Los Angeles Times columnist, who befriends Nathaniel Ayers. Ayers is a former student at Juilliard who had held great promise, but devolved as a student, but not in his talent or love for music. Mr. Ayers, due to mental illness, is slow to trust, much less embrace friendship. A true story, complete with a tour of the underbelly of Los Angeles, and like many cities the proximity of the downtown complex and art centers are involved.

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carolyn55

awesome

by carolyn55 on Jul 3, 2009

This was a wonderful story. I did not know much about this illness. And to acquire an awesome relationship with a friend was inspiring!

readerde
by readerde on Feb 24, 2009

Los Angeles newspaper columnist Steve Lopez steps out of the role of observer to offer his hand and help to street musician Nathaniel Ayers. The story is a stark look at the current state of care for the mentally ill and what those who are working on their behalf are up against. But it is also the story of one man who will not abandon a stranger who makes beautiful music on a 2-string violin. Nathaniel's story will take you on a journey that you will not forget and it will renew your belief in your fellow man.

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