Review From User :
This story was absolutely amazing to read. Having seen the movie that was based on this book long before having read the book itself, I had a general idea of the story. But having read the book, it gave deeper insight into the behind-the-scenes of the story, and the details that weren't portrayed in the movie. You get a sense of the struggles, triumphs, and the everyday experiences of the different worlds: that of prosperous living, and that of the rough street life.
Mental health and its struggles, along with classical music itself, are at the forefront of this story. You find yourself rooting for Nathaniel, the street musician, as he progresses from fending for himself in the streets to taking on proper housing. And you can also relate to the struggles that Steve, the reporter/author, went through as he tried to help Nathaniel and be a supportive friend, even though there were times when he felt like giving up on him.
Overall, an inspiring read.
Category: Business, Misc. Non-fiction
When journalist Steve Lopez sees Nathaniel Ayers playing his heart out on a two-string violin on Los Angeles’ skid row, he finds it impossible to walk away. More than 30 years ago, Ayers was a promising classical bass student at Juilliard – ambitious, charming, and also one of the few African-Americans there – until he gradually lost his ability to function, overcome by schizophrenia.
Over time, the two men form a bond and Lopez imagines that he might be able to change Ayers’ life. The Soloist is a beautifully told story of devotion in the face of seemingly unbeatable challenges.