School Of Velocity by Eric Beck RubinSchool Of Velocity by Eric Beck Rubin

School Of Velocity

byEric Beck Rubin

Hardcover | October 30, 2018

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**Shortlisted for the 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize
**Shortlisted for the 2017 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature
**Finalist for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors
**A CBC Books Best Canadian Debut Novel 2016
**A Guardian (UK) Best Book 2016
**An Observer (UK) Best Book 2016
**An Amazon (UK) 2016 Rising Star (Best Debuts)


A wrenching and deceptively spare debut novel about an electric friendship between two boys that slowly reveals itself as a deep and lifelong love.


Jan de Vries is a virtuoso pianist who would be in the prime of his career but for the crippling auditory hallucinations that have plundered his performances and his mind. As the disorder reaches its devastating peak the walls Jan has built around him crumble, rendering him unable to repress the overwhelming flood of memories and the troves of unspoken words that linger between him and his childhood best friend, Dirk Noosen, with whom he lost touch long ago. He is faced with only one recourse: to head home and confront him. With a singular voice and a masterful balance of emotional resonance and restraint, Eric Beck Rubin tells the tender story of Jan's obsessive friendship with the charismatic, irreverent raconteur Dirk as the reader breathlessly awaits their reunion.
    This luminous novel is about music, repression and regret; about adolescence, sex and friendship, and, ultimately, about the kind of love that lasts a lifetime.
ERIC BECK RUBIN is a cultural historian who writes on architecture, literature and psychology, and School of Velocity is his first foray into fiction. He is currently at work on a second: a family saga spanning several generations, from pre-World War II Germany to present-day Los Angeles and Western Canada. Eric lives in Toronto.
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Title:School Of VelocityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.7 × 0.9 inPublished:October 30, 2018Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385686374

ISBN - 13:9780385686372

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from School of Velocity First I want to say that this cover represents the essence of this novel. I wanted to love this book...I wanted to fall in love with the characters and want to talk about it afterwards. This book was just so technical, I found myself just skimming over parts, I found it was thrilling in some parts and quite dry in others. The second half of the book I felt like was at a quicker pace....but then the ending happened. And left me like...okay? I wouldn't say this book was terrible...but I wouldn't read it again...and I'm not sure who I would suggest this to. As someone who has played the saxophone for over half of my life I love music, but if you don't know much about music this book is definitely not for you (because it is so technical in parts). I think maybe this book just wasn't for me...other people seem to really have enjoyed it :)!
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely Short and sweet—the ending gives a little nibble at the feels. Just a tickle.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Minimal. Graceful. Tender. Rousing. Quiet. Confident. Like the stirring notes of a concerto, there are such subtleties to Eric Beck Rubin's prose in "School of Velocity". There is a natural, lyrical ease to it, and reads like a mashup of "A Little Life" and "Hausfrau" – two of my favourite books from 2015. Music plays an important role in its story, further reflected by The Soundtrack curated by Rubin for his characters, Jan and Dirk. I'm writing this review as I listen to the very diverse selection of songs, and it honestly adds more depth to the characters. I'm placed into their surroundings - from a room in the Netherlands as they bond in their youth, to being at the other end of the line of an awkward long distance phone conversation with Dirk, or to the seat at a piano as Jan performs in a concert hall. Who they are as individuals is put into perspective in understated ways. You sense how very opposite yet magnetic they are to each other. The melodies from the playlist ring in my ears in tandem to the words off the pages in my head. It's a highly recommended layered experience from a fresh voice in the Canadian lit scene, one that makes "School of Velocity" and its Carl Czerny composition namesake all the more unforgettable.
Date published: 2016-06-23

Editorial Reviews

"Elegant and lyrical prose that both hides and reveals the unquiet mind of its protagonist, a highly thoughtful and emotionally devastating first novel" —Jury of the 2017 Vine Awards for Canadian Jewish Literature"This debut shows [Eric Beck Rubin is] a talent to watch." —The Globe and Mail"Rubin writes with grace and exactitude, giving a tangible, animated quality to the sensual world of his story. . . . Both tender and truthful in its evoking of the canyon that lies between the openness of youth and the dangerous restraint of middle age, this is a luminous, quiet storm of a novel that resounds long after its heartbreaking coda." —Diana Evans, The Guardian (UK)"A hugely impressive first novel about music, friendship and obsession. Gripping and emotional." —David Nicholls, bestselling author of One Day"Named after a series of repetitive exercises for practising scales, the narrative is as precise and methodical as its title. School of Velocity is a taut novel that builds tension to thriller level." —The Guardian (UK)"Debut novel School of Velocity is classical music's Brokeback Mountain. . . . Engrossing. . . . School of Velocity raises questions about repression, sexuality and the artistic process, and is a compelling story." —CBC Music"Rubin seems to channel young T. S. Eliot's style and sensibility, with a fatalistic concern for the unachieved and the myriad ways in which life's minor tragedies color the whole of experience. . . . Rubin is remarkably accomplished for a first-time novelist." —Los Angeles Review of Books"[An] alluring, emotionally precise debut. . . . Quietly haunting." —Publishers Weekly"Cultural historian Eric Beck Rubin's debut novel is an elegant synaesthetic tale in which memories of past loves and lost innocence are narrated alongside soundscapes of de Vries's musical repertoire. . . . De Vries's final confrontation with Dirk is a tragic, Gatsby-like meditation on the impossibility of reliving the past, however much we cling to our memories." —Financial Times (UK)"As Jan watches Dirk hog the limelight, longing to have him alone, there are overtones of Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr Ripley. Like the flamboyant Dickie Greenleaf, Dirk is a vibrant presence, always teetering on the edge. . . . Rubin has succeeded in his short novel, as Jan himself puts it, 'to conceive of a piece as a story, and of composers as storytellers with specific voices, cadences, personalities.'" —Irish Times   "A fascinating dissection of the power of friendship." —Irish Examiner