- Taschenbuch: 343 Seiten
- Verlag: Profile Books; Auflage: Main (2. Februar 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1846687764
- ISBN-13: 978-1846687761
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,9 x 2,2 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 187.979 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Half Blood Blues (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Februar 2012
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A superbly atmospheric prologue kick-starts a thrilling story about truth and betrayal... [a] brilliant, fast-moving novel. -- Kate Saunders * Times * Assured, vivid and persuasive... Impressively evocative of period and place, and an effortlessly involving and dramatically unusual second novel. -- Sharon O'Connell * Time Out * This is a wonderful, vibrant, tense novel about war and its aftermath. Its author has brought both the wartime past of a devastated city and its confident reinvention of itself in a new era to life with extraordinary assurance. -- Susan Hill * Man Booker Prize judge * Simply stunning, one of the freshest pieces of fiction I've read. A story I'd never heard before, told in a way I'd never seen before. I felt the whole time I was reading it like I was being let in on something, the story of a legend deconstructed. It's a world of characters so realized that I found myself at one point looking up Hieronymus Falk on Wikipedia, disbelieving he was the product of one woman's imagination -- Attica Locke Edugyan really can write... redemptive -- Bernadine Evaristo * Guardian * Mesmerising... Edugyan has a perfect ear for conversations and the confusions of human love and jealousy... moving... A remarkable novel. * Morning Star * Ingenious... -- Anthony Cummins * Daily Telegraph * A mature, moving second novel was very deservedly shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize this week... Half Blood Blues shines with knowledge, emotional insight, and historical revisionism, yet it never becomes over-burdened by its research. The novel is truly extraordinary in its evocation of time and place, its shimmering jazz vernacular, its pitch-perfect male banter and its period slang. Edugyan never stumbles with her storytelling, not over one sentence. -- Arifa Akbar * Independent * Half Blood Blues shines with knowledge, emotional insight, and historical revisionism, yet it never becomes overburdened by its research. The novel is truly extraordinary in its evocation of time and places, its shimmering jazz vernacular, its pitch-perfect male banter and its period slang. * Canberra Times, Australia * Sid's voice... is a triumph of vernacular writing and convincingly captures the mood of the late jazz age in Europe... punchy and atmospheric. -- Edmund Gordon * Sunday Times * Edugyan has mastered the darting, dozens-infused black male jazz voice so well that you'll not pause considering whether Griffiths' or Jones' Baltimorean aphorisms or slang terms are accurate. Instead, you'll relish how Edugyan's consistent, arresting musicality, at both the sentence and structural levels, develops its own accurate truth about experience. Like Armstrong's famous cadenza opening his 1928 recording of "West End Blues," Edugyan's Half-Blood Blues is her royal fanfare, a rising flare announcing her literary genius. -- Walton Muyumba * Dallas News * Edugyan tells this incredibly rich story of music, politics, and personal betrayal both subtly and dramatically, unveiling the mystery of what happened to Falk as she exposes the tensions between the band members and the secret that has been gnawing at one of them for half a century... Edugyan's novel mixes palpable period atmosphere with an interpersonal drama of great emotional depth. That narrow moment in time when the freewheeling decadence of Weimar Germany gave way to jackbooted tyranny has been the subject of much fine fiction, but Edugyan is the first to overlay it with jazz history. It makes a sublime marriage. -- Bill Ott * Booklist * what stands out most is its cadenced narration and slangy dialogue, as conversations, both spoken and unspoken, snap, sizzle, and slide off the page. * Publishers' Weekly * Gripping... -- Mary Feely * Irish Times * Nimble storytelling ... Casablanca-style melodrama with healthy doses of quotidian banter, admirably capturing the bickering camaraderie of the young musicians. * International Herald Tribune * Lyrical and genuinely exciting it's a captivating book that races along with verve and panache. -- Emma Lee Potter * Daily Express *
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Esi Edugyan has degrees from the University of Victoria and Johns Hopkins University. Her work has appeared in several anthologies, including Best New American Voices 2003. Her debut novel, written when she was 25, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was published internationally. She currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia. www.esiedugyan.com
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Within the pages, there is the one and only Louis Armstrong. Ultimately, he will leave Europe and go back to America because of the fast movement of troops throughout Europe. However, he does not leave before trying to make a disc or record with the group. Louis Armstrong becomes more than just a famous face and name. He becomes a man born with a special talent to hear who can play an instrument and who is off and going down another path where the group does not want or need to go. Louis Armstrong's special love for one race of people is unforgettable. Their kindness is always remembered by him. To keep them ever in his mind he eats their food and wears their symbolic jewelry.
It is a wonderful Historical novel about friendship, music, romance, jealousy and unfortunately, brutality. There are men who act as gentle as a woman. One friend will not leave another friend while he is near death's door. There is also the woman, Delilah called Lilah. She finds a hiding place for the guys when it is most needed. In order to leave the country, they need specific papers. She fights to get them. Each one in the band knows she will never leave Louis Armstrong. She becomes like Ruth with Naomi. She will follow him wherever he goes.
All of these people whether they must go to a concentration camp or hear their racial name defamed or just totally disappear due to the men in boots show war time too can become a time of growth and bonds between men and women can deepen while their country is under siege. In the end, love is as powerful as water. It can overcome evil.
If I had to stay on a deserted island and needed to take only a few books, this is one I would take with me. I feel each character is layered. I only had time to peel back one layer. It is also another view of World War II. It is seen through the eyes of those who love music, in this case, Jazz. canwwrfrom1950.org/biographies/esi_edugyan
If you like dialogue heavy novels, I would suggest you read it. There is a bit of suspense toward the end, and the ending some may find anti-climatic. The question is, does the book live up to the hype and should you read it? The answer is yes. I think she is on the radar because of her writing skills. The story didn't blow me away, but the writing certainly did!
I try to avoid researching a plot or the reviews on a book too much before reading it because I tend to start reading the book with pre-conceived notions of what it will be like.
From the moment I started to read this story, I was transported into the world of Sid and his memories of playing jazz in pre-WWII Germany with his buddies. Every piece of dialogue he spoke, I imagined it clearly in a Baltimore accent. From his slightly innocent view of the world in the late 30's to his interpretation of his present life (in 1992) as an old man, he pulls you into this story. An interesting lead character to follow, you may not always agree with his point of view but if you let yourself go in this novel, you will enjoy every turn of the page. The music, the journey the characters take, the influence of uncontrollable events in the outside world and friendships are what pushes this story along.
For those that have reservations about the ending - I think that it represents how life is sometimes... You don't always get closure. People don't always hash out their past and resolve it. Also, the story wasn't about Hiero so for me, whilst I wanted to know what had happened to him, I understood that it was Sid's journey that was important.
Not every book will be universally loved, but it's the only book in the last year that I have had the confidence to recommend to others.
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