There is something about the main character that I do not like. In addition, don't laugh, I find the first installment "too wordy" as well as jumpy. Maybe I just had a crazy day, but after reading this, I feel that I read allot of words and jumped every where and I'm not really sure where I've landed.
I like this story and want to read the book. I want to find out what happens to this girl now that her teacher/mentor is dead and she is alone. I wasn't sure after the first reading but I got more involved after today's reading.
Having recently returned from a vacation in Italy,(though not Milan) I find the locale interesting and the comments about Italian personalities..the carabinieri, mortician, etc. I'm enjoying the "staccato" flow of verbiage very much and find it indicative of the character's uncertain feelings about her talent, her past, and even Signor Perso. I'm also enjoying her descriptions of her muted playing. Will keep reading, and maybe reserve a copy from my local library.