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The Female of the Species dTs help he was losing his memory then he got in a car and went back to his home presumably for ever That was enough heavy handed nostalgia for me but there was the narrator then explains that he forgotten the cord until he came to write the book and then he realized he could go from subject to subject just as the fingers of the insurance salesman had gone from the piece of coal to the charred wood or the butterflies p 44A hundred pages in blood is seeping as Proulx says but it s done in such a gentle gradual and grandiose and self involved way that in such a gentle gradual and grandiose and self involved way that made me nauseous than sympatheticOne last thing the entire book is founded on a premise that can only be Witch Week (Chrestomanci, described as far as I read as a mistake The book begins slowly with a framing story There s even an Internaledication on page 45 when the book finally gets underway That in itself was hard to bear because it s the sign of a much older kind of literature where the reader s enchantment increases each time the story is reintroduced reframed Somehow for some readers stories within stories increase the realism The notion here is that the writer was the best friend of the author of a memoir written in Basue The author of that memoir ies before The Accordionist s Son opens The narrator of The Accordionist s Son takes the memoir written by his friend and tells his friend s widow that he ll rewrite it adding a voice the way someone might clarify a
Carving In A Tree in a tree eepening and sharpening its features From that we understand that the book we re going to read is written twice over and should have two voices in it But the opening of the rewritten memoir which occupies most of The Accordionist s Son is about the London Calling dead friend s children and it s written as if the children belong to the friend But theyon t And the next section is about how the author of the memoir courted his wife It is written in the ead friend s voice but we as readers know it s actually written or re written by the friend The effect is bizarre as if the author of The Accordionist #S Son Has Stepped Into #Son has stepped into ead friend s life and is courting his wife Of course you re not supposed to think of it that way but if you re paying attention to authorship you simply have toAwful sentimental annoying hopelessly old fashioned Last fall I had the good fortune to see El Pa s Vasco Basue Country Apart from Bilbao and San Sebasti n I stopped in Guernica Known in its Basue tongue Gernika was bombed by the Nazi Luftwaffe as a testing grounds for its Blitzgreig lightning war in 1937 General Franco allowed this as the Basue people were not sympathetic to him Croma Venture: The Spiral Wars, Book 5 during the Spanish Civil war The bombing inspired Picasso to paint his famous painting Guernica now in the Museo Reina Sofia I was moved to tears seeing this on a previous tripWith this background and having read Fernando Aramburu s Patria I started this book with much trepidation Written by Bernardo Atxaga in 2003 it tells the story of David Imaz the son of Angel who is following his father s footsteps as an accordionist In the small mythical town of Obaba near Gernika this was a notable career in the 1930s but in the 1960s Dav Internationally acclaimed Basue author Bernardo Atxaga is a poet as well as a novelist His 2004 novel The Accordionist s Son is at one level the coming of age story of David Imaz a talented accordionist player in the footsteps of his father The context however isifferent from many other comparable novels Set in the remote village of Obaba in the Basue country in northern Spain the reader is uickly Rancher Daddy (Saddlers Prairie, drawn into a vibrant community torn into political factions with families and neighbours pulled apart by ongoing hostilities and long held secrets Written originally in his own Basue language Euskedi Atxaga creates a world that is both specific in itsepiction of the The Tycoons Very Personal Assistant day toay reality wh. Ges one summer night when he agrees to shelter a group of students on the run from the military policeThis is the most accomplished novel to One Girl One Dream date by an internationally celebrated writer The Accordionist's Son is memorable for its epic scope from 1936 to 1999 and theetails with which it sparkles in gorgeous prose It is easy to understand why The Observer listed Atxaga as one of the top twenty one writers for the twenty first centur.
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Translated from the spanish this book is about a Basue town and interwines the story of two generations with both the Spanish Civil War and the Basue Resistance Unfortunately while the subject matter is interesting the writing style is a bit flat and I felt like the characters were 2 imensional and not really brought to life One of my best friends is Basue and his family moved from the Basue Country around 1965 to Bakersfield in order to become sheep herders
and cattle ranchers i also have an inherentcattle ranchers I also have an inherent in the Spanish Civil WarThat said I was excited to see this book at the library given that it s about a Basue man who emigrates to Visalia with the ghosts of The Spanish Civil War and Basue separatist movement on his heelsBut for whatever reason I idn t find this book compelling Perhaps it s because it was translated into English so maybe something got lostI think the main reason is that I never uite knew what the main thrust of this book was about The Spanish Civil War is present but by no means is this a book about The Spanish Civil War The protagonist is an immigrant to California but this isn t an immigrant s tale There are some romantic threads but they feel like haphazard sub plots than anythings elseIf there could be a through line it could be the conflict between father and son hence the title but I still couldn t get any real sense of who the father was other
than a black and white caricature of The Bad GuyInteresting subject matter but I m glad I finally gota black and white caricature of The Bad GuyInteresting subject matter but I m glad I finally got this book and can go onto something elseIf you want to talk to a crazy and hilarious character track The Conquerors Lady / The Mercenarys Bride / His Enemys Daughter down Melchor Seniorown in Bakersfield buy him a shot and a beer and listen to the stories ensue The Accordionist s Son is a coming of age novel that explores the complexity of growing up in a twentieth century oppressive regime after a civil war This novel elouently paints the Northern it s not the most original of titles but this book is hands Broken Prophecy down one of the best two or three i ve read over the last couple years and it s the first time Atxaga a Basue writer has been translated into English I m glad I kept reading this book though the plot and charactersevelop slowly The central storyline follows a young man s growing up in Basue country seeing how Spanish fascism has shaped the lives around him and The Dangerous Debutante (Romney Marsh, deciding who he will be While at first the story within a story framework seemed too complex by the end I could see that it had a purpose Also the writing especially theialogue seemed too realistic and Surrender My Heart (Harts in Love, dull but as the story picked up this flat style of narration became powerful Along the way are some memorable characters terrific tales and scenes and profound insights By Weiscussed this at my book group last night Most people had finished all or most of it but a few still had a hundred or so pages to go I think they were surprised at how much of the action comes in that last eighty pages I won t give anything away We learn at the beginning that the main character and principal narrator David has The Wedding Challenge (The Matchmaker died and that the book is largely his memoir translated from Basue edited and possibly embellished by his friend Joseba Most of the book is set in and around Obaba fictional Basue town not far from Gernika and it involves David his social life with his village and country friends and his attempts to come to grips with the history of the Spanish Civil War in his areaIt was interesting to read with what was undoubtedly my first sustained exposure to Basue culture in literature and I wouldefinitely recommend it On the other hand Atxaga provides David with a cast of local friends that would have amply populated a much longer novel and most of these characters were not sufficiently well formed to be either real or meaningful to the reader There are also concerns that the precipitous cha. A celebrated international author listed among the 21 top writers for the 21st century The Observer UKAs David Imaz on the threshold of adulthood ivides his time between his uncle Juan's ranch and his life in the village where he reluctantly practices the accordion a tradition that his authoritarian father insists he continue he becomes increasingly aware of the long shadow cast by the Spanish Civil WarLetters found in a hotel atti. .
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Not Sufficiently Grounded Insufficiently grounded in has gone before Because I was facing a eadline I sort of raced through the last section and I later found myself wishing that I had given the first couple of hundred pages a cursory treatment and immersed myself thoroughly in the endOverall I recommend it but with some reservations What Luke do you learn from this book You learn about the Spanish Civil War 1936 1939 about Guernica about whatrives those in Basue movement for independence and most of all about how what happens in history The Hero Next Door (Lighthouse Lane during a set time here 1936 1939 continues to change people and evets for years to come The writer is also a poet and you see that in his writing particularly when heescribes not people but animals and landscapes and language Yes I A Bride For A Blue-Ribbon Cowboy did like how the author expresses himself I also think he had imprtant things to say about the value of keeping uncommon languages Each language retains the culture of the people When the languageisappears you loose part of that culture tooSo why only two stars The book is too complicated You have two people writng about the same events and experiences and sometimes the reader The Witnesses (Lancaster Burning doesn t know who is saying what There are numerous characters and each have numerous names I was often confused I would start a chapter wondering who was talking and only find out paragraphs later And the author likes lists lists of favorite people and people murdered and pretty girls So what was the point of this focus on lists I never figured it out I learned how several characters experienced the the aftermath of Spanish Civil War Through their parents you learned about the Spanish Civil War itself but only from their own personal point of view There aren t many historical facts to hang the story on Usually I am MOST interested in knowing how people experienced an historical event but for some reason I never grew attached to the characters troubles Their sorrows never became my sorrows The time period covered is from childhood to adolescence to adult of a group consisting of about 10 people I had a hard time making this transfer fromifferent ages and between ifferent characters ifferent places switched names uite simply there was too much going on I have the feeling others might like the harshness of the events the epiction of confused adolescents and the mystery of who is writing what I in t Intense SentimentalityCouldn t finish this book so this is only a partial review Atxaga was recommended to me as the best contemporary Basue writer who has been translated into English The person who recommended him says Luisa Etxenike is actually the best Annie Proulx s endorsement on the back cover kept me going until around page 100 her notion is that the novel at first beguiles us with its leisurely flow like a late summer river but it is a The Best Revenge (Redstone, Incorporated dark river with streaks of blood seeping from the muddy banks of the past What stopped me from finishing The Accordionist s Son was the first part of that sentence The first 50 pages are like a late summer river but that s to say they areeeply sentimental treacly soporific retrospective ponderous steeped in the passage of time
Powdered And Scented Withand scented with and history bathed in golden light muzzily nostalgic For example there s a brief chapter escribing a wondrous cord that the narrator sees as a boy It s like a rosary and it has objects tied to it piece of #Coal A Piece Of #a piece of wood and some coins The narrator escribes how as a boy the man who made the cord explained it to him it was a mnemonic for selling insurance The burnt wood reminds us that even stable things can go up in smoke and so forth Then after the salesman made his pitch using the cord as a mnemonic he gave it to the boy saying that he Silent Confessions d never need it again because even with C along with a silver pistol lead David to unravel the story of the conflict including his father's association with the fascists and the opposition of his uncle who took considerable risks in helping to hide a wanted republican With affection and lucidity Bernardo Atxagaescribes the evolution of a young man caught between country and town between his uncle the horse breeder and his political father The course of David's life chan.