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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: Abridged 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 the unlikely path of becoming a musician. Anarchist Barcelona and the court of the embattled monarchy in Madrid teach him his first serious lessons in creativity, principle, and passion - and their consequences.

When he meets up with the charming and eccentric piano prodigy Justo Al-Cerraz, their lifelong friendship and rivalry orchestrate a tumultuous course for them both. Over the span of half a century of creative struggle and international turmoil that sees them paying house calls on Picasso one year and being courted by dictators the next, they make glorious music together, and clash over virtually everything else: love, politics, and the purpose of art.

When the tensions propelling a war-torn world toward catastrophe bring Aviva, an Italian violinist with a haunted past, into their lives, Feliu and Justo embark upon their final and most dangerous collaboration.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gaile Wakeman | 2/16/2014

    " 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 by Regina Lindsey | 2/16/2014

    " In his debut novel, Romano-Lux follows the life and musical devlopment of the fictional character, Feliu Delargo. While Delargo is inspired by the historical cellist Pablo Casals, it is clear this is not a fictionalized biography of Casals. In the opening chapters, young Feliu receives news of his father's death in Cuba, which is then followed by the arrival of a bow his father purchased as a gift for his son. Felius is first given violin lessons, at which he shows great talent. However, his true passion is the cello. His pursuit of an education in music takes him from private lessons, to tutelage under a count at King Alfonso and Queen Ena's court, and finally a professional career. Romano-Lux interestingly weaves history, politics, the impacts of other musicians such as Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, and historical characters like Picasso, Hitler, and Kurt Weil. What Romano-Lux does particularly well is demonstrate how art is impacted by current events. Some of the storylines are particularly interesting. I really enjoyed the complex storyline between Feliu and Queen Ena. However, others felt contrived. The most obvious was the relationship between Feliu and Isabelle. I also really appreciated how Romano-Lux used music as an analogy for life, love, and a host of other aspects of life even if some of the comparisons were overstated. I grew up playing the violin but was always fascinated by the cello. So, I connected with Feliu in the beginning of the book. However, by the end I felt a bit detached to the characters. Maybe this was because I was reading the book in snipets on vacation. I still think it was a very good book, particularly for anyone who appreciates classical music. I do believe Romano-Lux shows great promise and will read future works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian | 2/15/2014

    " According to the Author's Note at the end of the book, this novel started out as a work of non-fiction, to depict the life of Pablo Casals. Along the way, the author found the need to create new characters, including one for Casals, and turn to fiction in order to express herself, to "immerse myself in something beautiful and hopeful" following 9/11. The result is a passionate and interesting story set against the Spanish Civil War and the beginning of WWII. Lots of historical figures (Franco, Picasso, Goebbels) make appearances within a tale that puts passion for music and loyalty to political ideals and other people (the two loyalties not always matching up well) at the heart of the history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Miss Eliza | 2/14/2014

    " An interesting story of a young boy growing up with a fascination over playing the cello. The relationship of 3 musicians is explored in an historical setting in a culture is some degree of upheaval. "

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