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Question 11 Good Literature is often judged on not only what is written but also the way it is written To what extend do you think he has succeeded in writing a piece of good literature Explain your answer with a detailed reference to the text The novel Maestro by Peter Goldsworthy is a beautifully crafted novel dealing with the tragic gulf between talent and genius between the real and the spurious Good literature however is often judged not only by what is written but also the way it is written Reflecting this criteria Maestro is well written perfectly contrasted and thus an excellent example of a good piece of literature Goldsworthy has achieved this thorough his character development use of language and utilisation of the settings The different settings in Maestro play a significant role in the structure of the plot and the development of its characters The novel begins in Darwin in 1967 and traces Pauls life through his childhood to 1977 During this time he travels to Adelaide and through Europe and ends up settling in Melbourne with Rosie At the end of the novel he returns to Darwin to be at Kellers bedside The novel is mostly set in Darwin a place described as wet moist and humid which implies strong emotions and also sexuality The piano practice room is described as dark with bright sunlight outside This can be seen as to symbolise the repressed feelings of Keller Music is the central theme to the novel A love of and an involvement in music are shared by most of the characters including Megan Rosie and even Jimmy Papas The novel is rich with musical references imagery rhythms and history It is important to recognise the significance of music to Paul and Keller as individuals as well as in their relationships with each other and their world The novel refers constantly to music
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