If Thomas, A Secret Life were to have a soundtrack

Published November 11, 2012 by A.J.B. Johnston

If books could have musical soundtracks, the way  films do, there is one I would definitely choose. That is François Couperin’s haunting melody “Les barricades mystérieuses”. Its mood and momentum suit Thomas and his journey through life like nothing else I can imagine. No surprise perhaps, since Couperin published the song when Thomas was seventeen, and it is a song that is still as appealing and mysterious now as when it was first heard. Should any readers not know and wish to track it down, that’s easily done on the internet. Then imagine it coming and going at appropriate moments in the book as you read.

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