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Mimmi’s Story

Wayne Koestenbaum, 11 May 1995

Enrico Caruso: My Father and My Family 
by Enrico Caruso and Andrew Farkas.
Amadeus, 724 pp., £29.99, May 1994, 0 931340 24 1
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... I have no special love for the voice of Enrico Caruso, perhaps because it does not need me to rescue it; classic, impervious, it awaits eternity – it has already arrived at eternity – and demands no fan, no patient posthumous acolyte, to alchemise it. The Caruso voice, as his son describes it, in Enrico Caruso: My Father and My Family, a story as pathetic, plodding and perverse as any I have read, is a pure column of air; without flaw, it assails low and high notes alike with plump machismo, sometimes sobbing, sometimes finishing off the breath with a punctuating snarl ...

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