Helen Dunmore: The Landlubbers Lying Down Below



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The peculiar title suggests something nautical nd maybe if we re lucky even piratical but in fact this brief short story mere fourteen pages is set entirely on land Its narrator is Scipio n enslaved black boy in 18th Century London who serves s page for his fashionable mistress One evening Scipio witnesses concert performed t his mistress s house by two Prodigies of Nature the young Mozart nd his sister Nannerl who re travelling with their father Pressed upon to perform Scipio falls short of expectations but his fascination with th. 'Tonight it is the concert Two Prodigies of Nature re coming to play in my lady's ball room As soon s the concert begins I understand why the whole world comes to.

E young Wolfi persists nd when he has nother chance to see the young genius t work he leaps for itThe title refers to song that Scipio remembers from his voyage to England but I wondered if it s lso n Mr Darcy's Cottage of Earthly Delights: Shades of Pride and Prejudice allusion to different sorts of people those with talents or dreams like Mozartnd Scipio who fly on the imagination nd those less visionary like Scipio s mistress who demand that everything follows the rules What s certain is that this is lso story bout exploitation the fact that both Scipio nd Mozart re coddled nd dmired because. Stare The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank and listen'Scipio is eleven years oldnd The Myth of Genesis and Exodus and the Exclusion of Their African Origins a lady's page He plays the harpsichord speaks Frenchnd German nd sings in Italian But what was ppealing nd remar.

They re children Yoga Kitchen: Divine Recipes from the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat and that both of them find their reception coolings they grow older Scipio becomes less of Design Works: How to Tackle Your Toughest Innovation Challenges Through Business Design a luxury object that his mistress can show offnd of responsibility for her while Mozart s brilliance is overshadowed for the elegant ladies of society by the fact that he s no longer n dorable bouncy little boy It s n interesting snapshot but s I said very brief One feels that there was so much story left to tell nd it s hard not to feel slightly hard done by when other stories in this series verage round the sixty page mark. Kable in small child is no longer so in 'hobbledehoy' And fter he meets the two child prodigies Wolfi nd Nannerl t concert Scipio's fate will change forever.

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I was born in December 1952 in Yorkshire the second of four children My father was the eldest of twelve and this extended family has no doubt had a strong influence on my life as have my own children In a large family you hear a great many stories You also come to understand very early that stories hold uite different meanings for different listeners and can be recast from many viewpoints