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The Spanish Bow
by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Published: 2007-09-10
Hardcover : 560 pages
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**DEBUT FICTION** I was almost born Happy. Literally, Feliz was the Spanish name my mother wanted for me. Not a family name, not a local name, just a hope, stated in the farthest-reaching language she knew—a language that once reached around the world, to the Netherlands, Africa, ...
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**DEBUT FICTION**
I was almost born Happy.
Literally, Feliz was the Spanish name my mother wanted for me. Not a family name, not a local name, just a hope, stated in the farthest-reaching language she knew—a language that once reached around the world, to the Netherlands, Africa, the Americas, the Philippines. Only music has reached farther and penetrated more deeply.

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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  "Music Hath Charms"by FTessa (see profile) 08/14/12

The novel follows the fictitious cellist Feliu Delargo from his birth in a Catalan village in 1892 to the concert halls of Europe in the early 20th century and finally to the train depot in ... (read more)

 
  "Very good...in the end."by mstuhan (see profile) 10/13/10

It was very difficult to get into this book. Even with a historical frame of reference, speaking Spanish and basic Catalan, and having lived in Barcelona for 18 months and traveled much of the rest of... (read more)

 
  "Total disappointment"by drewnemma (see profile) 10/12/10

The book was boring and just not as gripping as I thought it would be.

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