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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 Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781415946787
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/23/2014

    " Who knew this was an Alaskan author? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 1/17/2014

    " This novel was written in the style of a memoir and was about a professional cellist, his life, and political views and struggles during Frano's rule of Spain and WWII. It had some good parts, but I found it a bit slow and choppy. It didn't flow very well and I sometimes had trouble wanting to read it. But then it would pick up again for a while and I didn't want to put it down. The characters were very well developed and intruiging and the history was interesting. It was ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/16/2014

    " I really enjoyed learning about Spanish history. A good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/7/2014

    " Good read - I briefly dated the writer's sister Honoree' "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhodawoods | 1/3/2014

    " A great story which got lost in lack of editing. Too many words caused characters to get lost "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/2/2014

    " Fabulous story. Wonderful, insightful characters and well researched history of Spain from early 1900's to WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 1/1/2014

    " Set in Spain in early 1900s. Musical prodigies, art, politics, and more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 12/17/2013

    " I just couldn't get into this book and I've tried numerous times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LorCon | 11/16/2013

    " A cellist witnesses historical events of the Spanish civil war and WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 9/21/2013

    " Not my usual reading because, except for mysteries, I'm not a great lover of fiction. However, this is a pretty interesting book though I think you need to know more than I do to correlate it to Franco's reign, which the reviews say it does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erika | 6/22/2013

    " I enjoyed this story of a musician surrounded by world events in and between wars in Spain and Europe. The character comes to several times in his life where he needs to make a choice. It did take me a while to read, but a very impressive well researched novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 kate | 6/11/2013

    " the beauty of the cello "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 5/29/2013

    " This book follows the life of a musician in Spain through the Spanish-American War, a stint in the Spanish royal palace, World War II and the Spanish Civil War. Quite entertaining until it loses steam in the WWII period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 4/18/2013

    " A fairly good read. I felt the first half of the book read better than the latter half. Sometimes less is more, and this would be such an instance: no reason to stretch it out without providing the same detail and depth of a storyline as was shown earlier in the work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie Williams | 2/13/2013

    " Started strong but the ending caught sluggish and caught up in the politics. The plot didn't go where I'd hoped it would. But overall, pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ginna | 8/28/2012

    " Thoroughly researched and beautifully written. I sped through this book without noticing I was reading, except when I stopped to dog-ear a page or underline a phrase. I hope Romano-Lax will continue on the novelistic path, although I've also enjoyed her nonfiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/1/2012

    " I wish I had remembered to comment on the book when I read it a few months ago. I remember it being very good and horribly sad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabelle | 3/18/2012

    " The narration of this book is excellent and the story very interesting. I love the different characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaile Wakeman | 11/5/2011

    " An interesting mystery based on Pablo Casals. I enjoyed it but not the best writing I have ever encountered. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 6/16/2011

    " Picked up this used book on a whim and ended up enjoying it very much. Well written, interesting characters and an unusual story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 3/16/2011

    " This novel is loosely based on the life of cellist Pablo Casals. Great if you like music, cello, Spanish history. It examines the question of the role of an artist or anyone in the face of disasters, including the Spanish Civil War in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 3/12/2011

    " Excellent! Engaging, complicated, multi-dimensional characters, interesting historical setting during Spanish Civil War and WWII Europe and the musical elements all contributed to creating multiple layers of enjoyment in reading this novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 1/22/2011

    " This novel is loosely based on the life of cellist Pablo Casals. Great if you like music, cello, Spanish history. It examines the question of the role of an artist or anyone in the face of disasters, including the Spanish Civil War in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 1/9/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It was historical fiction taking place in Spain in the first half of the 20th century. All about the role of art and music in society and morality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleftheria | 12/19/2010

    " It's supposed to be unputdownable, but honestly I felt it was dragging... Interesting idea but the main character was not likable. Good writing though... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Klst | 11/13/2010

    " I really enjoyed the story of this book, and though the history was quite complicated and took a bit of slogging at times it really did interest me in the time period. It reads as a fictional autobiography, and the story does get submerged a bit at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 5/5/2010

    " really fun book about a cellist but takes you through the Spanish Civil War and first and second world war. Explains the history well "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LorCon | 2/23/2010

    " A cellist witnesses historical events of the Spanish civil war and WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colette | 9/14/2009

    " This is a book about a child prodigy who lives in Spain during Franco's time. It takes him from birth until his retirement. It is warm, funny, poignant. I loved it. "

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About the Author

Andromeda Romano-Lax has been a journalist, a travel writer, and a serious amateur cellist. The Spanish Bow is her first novel. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her family.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.