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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (476 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andromeda Romano-Lax Narrator: Paul Michae Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a dusty, turn-of-the-century Catalan village, the bequest of a cello bow sets young Feliu Delargo on an unlikely path. When a local landowner’s wrath threatens his family, the Spanish bow leads Feliu to anarchist Barcelona, then on to the court in Madrid, where a music master’s daughter gives him his first lessons in the art of love. There he meets up with the charming and eccentric piano prodigy Justo Al-Cerraz and begins the lifelong friendship and rivalry that will orchestrate a tumultuous course for them both. As a war-torn world careens toward catastrophe, they make splendid music together and clash over women, politics, and almost everything else. Then Aviva, an Italian violinist with a haunted past, enters their lives, and Feliu and Justo embark upon their final and most dangerous collaboration.

Inspired by the life of Pablo Casals and with appearances by Pablo Picasso, Bertolt Brecht, and others who wrestled with the competing demands of art and conscience during the Spanish Civil War and World War II, The Spanish Bow is a deeply imagined tale of the passions that accident bestows—and the sacrifices history exacts.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lesley | 2/20/2014

    " The first 3/4's of ths book are a wonderful story about a boy growing up with a great talent for playing the cello. The last section of the book gets a little political, although it helps develop main character Feliu, it just seems a little drawn out. Not something to pick up just for a fun read, but otherwise very good and very well written. Going to book club on March 13 to discuss! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katya | 2/18/2014

    " Great book. It was one of the books that I was sad it was going to end before it was over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ami | 2/11/2014

    " A well-written sweeping tale of music and Spain and dictators. Right up my alley. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lisa | 1/26/2014

    " I loved that it took place in Spain, was historical, musical, and very nicely written. Was a bit slow going in places. "

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