Books: The World at His Fingertips

MY MANY YEARS by Arthur Rubinstein; Knopf; 600 pages; $16.95

Synopsis: In the first installment, music fans, our hero left his boyhood home in Poland to make his way as a pianistic prodigy. Life seemed a feast of caviar, sex and pampering by the fashionable names of European art and society. But precocity was not enough. He needed discipline to rise from idleness and a suicide attempt and gain "the necessary hold on my career." By 1917, when he was 30, he felt he was ready. Now on with the story.

In this concluding volume of one of the true-life romantic sagas of...

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