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    Lyrical Writing and Beautiful Story

    I was initially excited to read this book because it looked like a great combination of a spy novel and The Great Gatsby, with an inventor protagonist and theremins thrown in for good measure. I was surprised by how lyrical Michaels' writing was. My favourite line in the book is “That is the secret of the theremin, after all: your body is a conductor.” I really like the duality of the body as a conductor of music and electricity (doubly important for the theremin) and how the idea of the body as a conductor is returned to throughout the novel. The love story between Lev and Clara isn't sappy, either, which is a plus. A beautiful book.
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    Brilliant

    Dazzling writing describing the life of an inventor. Richly woven narrative of love, music and espionage.
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    Excellent novel

    This is a wonderful book based on the life of Lev Termen, inventor of the Theremin and many other devices. It's a good story of certain aspects of the Soviet system as well. I highly recommend it.
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    Us Conductors

    Astonishing in scope, depth and level of engagement. Highly entertaining and moving especially the Russian period, Termen multiple lives, brlliance and flaws cannot but endure as he did.
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    US Conductors

    Excellent book. It is extremely well written and has interesting things to say about love, technology, music, history, justice, politics, and the human condition. I loved it.
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