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Half-Blood Blues - Esi Edugyan
Half-Blood Blues
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Winner of the Scotiabank Giller PrizeMan Booker Prize Finalist 2011Shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for FictionBerlin, 1939. The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-player Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical... show more
Winner of the Scotiabank Giller PrizeMan Booker Prize Finalist 2011Shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for FictionBerlin, 1939. The Hot Time Swingers, a popular jazz band, has been forbidden to play by the Nazis. Their young trumpet-player Hieronymus Falk, declared a musical genius by none other than Louis Armstrong, is arrested in a Paris café. He is never heard from again. He was twenty years old, a German citizen. And he was black. Berlin, 1952. Falk is a jazz legend. Hot Time Swingers band members Sid Griffiths and Chip Jones, both African Americans from Baltimore, have appeared in a documentary about Falk. When they are invited to attend the film’s premier, Sid’s role in Falk’s fate will be questioned and the two old musicians set off on a surprising and strange journey. From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid leads the reader through a fascinating, little-known world as he describes the friendships, love affairs and treacheries that led to Falk’s incarceration in Sachsenhausen. Half-Blood Blues is a story about music and race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781250012708 (1250012708)
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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4.0 Half-Blood Blues / Esi Edugyan
The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He was twenty years old. He was a German citizen. And he was black. Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero's bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back...
meganbaxter
meganbaxter rated it
Jazz under the Nazis, both in Germany and in occupied Paris. Friendship and betrayal in the worst of circumstances, when betrayal can literally lead to death. And then, years later, revisiting those haunts, those people, those betrayals. This is a really amazing book.It was all the buzz when this bo...
ellaminnowpea
ellaminnowpea rated it
Incredibly good, but I need to let this stew for a moment before I write a proper review.
It's Just, Like, My Opinion, Man.
It's Just, Like, My Opinion, Man. rated it
2.0 Half Blood Blues
Thoroughly unlikable and unsympathetic characters fail to carry what could have been a poignant story. The combination of the jazz age and the fall of paris creates an environment ripe for a hot blooded story of betrayal during wartime, but at no time did i ever sympathize with a single one of the ...
JGold
JGold rated it
3.0 Half-Blood Blues
"Edugyan creates melodic prose worthy of Langston Hughes, and when she's describing her characters music sessions and love of Jazz, even someone like me can hear the wailing trumpets and rhythmic beat of the drums."See full review at:http://wp.me/p2aMr6-5l
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