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The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax
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Apr 09, 08

bookshelves: 2008
Read in April, 2008

This is a sweeping, ambitious novel about a Spanish cellist that covers his life, from his birth to his death in 1978. I found it surprisingly funny, historically fascinating (I knew very little about the Spanish Civil War) and couldn't wait to get back to reading it when I had to stop. I was going to give it 4 stars because it's not a perfect book: there tended to be some lags before she picked up the thread of the story again, and it may have over-reached just a tiny bit at the expense of some more in-depth characterization, but I loved the ending and that bumped it up to 5 stars for me. It also has a compelling debate throughout about the role of art in society which was never overdone, but very thought provoking.
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