Browsing through Amazon.com I found mention of a novel called 'Gerontius'
by James Hamilton-Paterson, with the following review:
"In this delightful novel, which won a Whitbread Prize in 1989, James
Hamilton-Paterson joins celebrated British composer Edward Elgar on
a cruise on the Amazon River and imagines what artists of the time
may have pondered. "Oh Edward what a stupid doltish ass you've been
to waste your life on the idea that art--in its small way--can make
the least difference to things," he imagines Elgar as commenting.
The book isn't merely a collection of questioning ruminations; the
cruise is filled with a variety of comical and interesting passengers
and crew members."
Our regular San Francisco reviewer Janos Gereben might find this comment
"A poignant and wonderfully clear-sighted relflection on the
psychological rewards and pitfalls of the artistic life."
-- Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
It intrigues me. Has anyone on the List read it, and if so, do they have