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The soloist : a lost dream, an unlikely friendship, and the redemptive power of music

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  一個早已失落的夢想,一段街頭偶然邂逅的友誼,以及一股來自於音樂的救贖力量,交織成這個發生於洛杉磯、感動了全美國的真實故事,更讓洛杉磯市因而重新正視精神病患與街頭遊民的生活及尊嚴。這系列專欄結集成書後,不但成為《紐約時報》暢銷書,同時也已由知名導演喬.萊特(Joe Wright)拍成同名電影,由影帝傑米.福克斯(Jamie Faxx)與小羅勃.道尼(Robert Dawney Jr.)分別飾演流浪漢音樂家及羅培茲。


  A moving story of the remarkable bond between a journalist in search of a story and a homeless, classically trained musician-destined to be a major motion picture from DreamWorks, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.

  When Steve Lopez saw Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles’ skid row, he found it impossible to walk away. More than thirty years earlier, Ayers had been a promising classical bass student at Juilliard-ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans-until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia. When Lopez finds him, Ayers is homeless, paranoid, and deeply troubled, but glimmers of that brilliance are still there.

  Over time, Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Ayers form a bond, and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers’s life. Lopez collects donated violins, a cello, even a stand-up bass and a piano; he takes Ayers to Walt Disney Concert Hall and helps him move indoors. For each triumph, there is a crashing disappointment, yet neither man gives up. In the process of trying to save Ayers, Lopez finds that his own life is changing, and his sense of what one man can accomplish in the lives of others begins to expand in new ways.

Poignant and ultimately hopeful, The Soloist is a beautifully told story of friendship and the redeeming power of music.

史提夫.羅培茲 (Steve Lopez)


  Steve Lopez is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, where he first wrote a series of enormously popular columns about Nathaniel Ayers.

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