Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson is a short and simple biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is only five chapters long! However, don’t let that fool you into thinking that it doesn’t provide a decent account of his life and music. It describes Mozart in a way that is easy to understand by all. The author also gives the reader new insights into information about his life, and a good understanding both of what his music is about and just how prolific a writer he was. I would have preferred it if this book had been longer and more detailed, but it works well with its simple approach.
Did you know that Mozart wrote over 600 pieces of music in his lifetime? This is especially impressive since he only lived for 35 years.
Did you know that Mozart had a brief a relationship with his wife’s sister?
Did you know that Mozart was literally kicked in the rear by one of his employers when he was fired?
Setting: Different parts of Europe from 1756-1791
Is this good for a book club? Yes, if the book club is interested in biographies, music, or just a quick read.
Objectionable content? Yes, but it is not detailed. Religion, sex, violence, incest, and death are referenced, but nothing is explicitly described.
Can children read this? Yes, if they have interest in Mozart and a good vocabulary regarding history and music. Teenagers would be the most likely to be interested.
Who would like this? Anyone who is interested in Mozart and his music. It is also good for people who like quick and interesting reads.
Number of pages: 164
Rating: Four stars