The Four Temperaments, a Novel
Posted 28 July 2002 - 08:10 AM
The Four Temperaments
by Yona Zeldis McDonough
The spellbinding story of a father and son, both married, who fall in love with the same alluring ballerina.
Oscar Kornblatt has been a first violinist with the New York City Ballet for so many years that he scarcely notices the throngs of eager young dancers who fill the ranks of the corps de ballet. But Ginny Valentine catches his eye, and when he comes to know her he becomes utterly enchanted by her. One night when Ruth, his quietly independent wife, is away, he brings Ginny back to his Upper West Side apartment and the two become lovers.
While the affair doesn?t last, Oscar?s attachment to Ginny continues to flourish. He invites her to join his family for Thanksgiving dinner, where she meets and falls in love with Oscar?s eldest son, Gabriel, home from San Francisco for the holiday. Gabriel, married to a beautiful, highly unstable woman, finds himself falling under Ginny?s spell. As the bonds of the family begin to erode, Ruth takes drastic and shocking measures to salvage what is most precious to her: her baby granddaughter, Isobel.
Set against the glamorous, exciting world of the New York City Ballet, The Four Temperaments explores the ways in which love and marriage are tested. Through its unforgettable cast of characters, this novel reveals how the demands of the flesh can suddenly, almost inexplicably, turn lives upside down. With the assurance and virtuosity of a seasoned storyteller, Yona Zeldis McDonough presents the powerfully sexy story of two adulterous affairs and imbues them with an irresistible emotional undercurrent.
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Posted 29 July 2002 - 07:16 PM
I work occasionally at a bookstore, and one of my "perks" is to be given advance readers' copies by the publishers' representatives. I pounced on _The Four Temperaments_ because of the ballet references, but was disappointed when I read it. It revolves around an affair between a young rising star in a NY dance co. and one of the ballet's musicians (he's married). The actual references to ballet are few and far between and tend to reinforce negative stereotypes of dancers--they have no life, they're willing to sacrifice personal relationships to be successful, etc...
It's an okay summer read, but not great literature that I'd read again. Borrow it from the library and take it to the beach with you, but don't pay for a new hardback copy--that's my advice!
Posted 03 September 2002 - 03:24 PM
The only flaw I detected was the reference to Selva pointe shoes (p.194) which I think were discontinued long before the days of SUVs. Or perhaps it was a reference to a dance supply shop of that name in Saratoga, NY?
In any case, I found that once I began I couldn't put the book down until I finished it.
Posted 03 September 2002 - 03:37 PM
Hopefully. it will provide Yona with enough income so she doesn't have to write about Barbie's Fiftieth!
Posted 03 September 2002 - 04:01 PM
To the best of my incomplete knowledge, there is no dance supply shop called Selva's in Saratoga Springs.
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