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Yipiee, today I have received the novel "Fingers" by William Sleator. I think, I shall find some time to read at the weekend.
Are you ready to start, too, Monica and Nathan?

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I just now called my library and put a hold on the book, so hopefully I can pick it up tomorrow.

How about you, Nathan? You ready?

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Tis sitting on my bookshelf glaring at me at moment!!! Just let me know when we're ready!!!

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I just got home from picking up the book. I'm ready to go! :D

Andreas, have you started reading? Maybe we can start posting on the first chapter this weekend?

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I haven´t still begun to read, but I shall try to read the first chapter this weekend. I´m curious and looking forward to it.

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ok, i'll restrict myself to first chapter this weekend! .... i can't wait!

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Eek, I already read it. I'll say something on Saturday or Sunday. (looks like a fun read!)

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I have read the first half of chapter one (I took me nearly one hour). Today in the evening I´ll read the second half. Seems really to be a thrilling story. :D

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O.k., I have finished chapter one.
The whole family of Humphrey is in Italy, Venice. Luc is the father of Humphrey, but not of Sam. He seems to have an African father (there is said something of "african genes" at the end of the chapter). But I think, we don´t yet know the name of Sams father.
They develop the plan, that Sam has to compose a piece, which should be given out as a compostion of Laszlo Magyar, a Hungarian composer of the nineteenth century. They would say, that the ghost of the dead composer has dictated this piece to Humphrey. They would give him a sleeping-pill and he would wake up with the new composition by Sam.
I think, the dream of Humphrey at the end of chapter one is something like an anticipation of the further plot: Humphrey and Sam are together at a water and there is an mysterious third man. They all are happy. May be the third man is the ghost of L. Magyar? This question came into my mind.

Overall this novel seems to have an interesting and thrilling plot. I´m curious to read further. You, too, Monica and Nathan? What do you think about chapter one?

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That's right, we don't know the name of Sam's real father. Probably doesn't matter. And isn't that an outrageous plan? I can't wait to see if it works!

About that composer that they mention - I'm too tired to look it up now, but is he a real person? I almost think they are describing Liszt in a way.

And yes - who is he mysterious person in Humphrey's dream?

So far, I like this book.

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Hi Monica,
so far as I could get some information Laszlo Magyar was a Hungarian explorer of Southwest-Africa.
Look here for some details, please:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A1szl%C3%B3_Magyar

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Hi Andreas,

I'm not sure that is the same person. That article mentions nothing about him being a composer or pianist. And other places on the internet that have this name actually refer to the book "Fingers". Maybe it's just a fictitious name.

Nathan - what do you think?

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I think that the fictitious Magyar is modeled on the life/music of Liszt ... although, due to his enormous ouevre, no one is surprised when new music by Liszt is discovered or released.

In any case, I became obsessed with Liszt because of this book ... I'm going to start chapter one as soon as I finish here.

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I have read chapter 2 today. :) There is said, that Magyar only wrote up to opus 26 and so Sam has written to his composition "op. 27, no. 1 by Magyar", but Liszt has written more than twenty-six works respective opus-numbers, so this aspect of the novel does not direct to the meaning of Magyar=Liszt. Until now only the apect, that the works of Magyar are described to be very virtuoso fits to Liszt, I think.
So, I´m not yet sure, what´s about this Magyar.
I find it to be mean, what Luc, Sam and Bridget do to Humphrey. But on the other side this poor guy is so naive somehow. Don´t you think so?
In chapter two the three have executed their plan and at the end Humphrey is sobbing and he seems to begin to believe in that ghost-story. Very mean, isn´t it?!

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I read chapter 2 as well.

So, yes - the plan seems to be working so far. Poor Humphrey. He really is clueless.

I think we'll learn more about the 'fictional' Magyar as the story goes on. But what Nathan said about this book turning him on to Liszt is surely interesting!

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