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Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
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May 27, 2012

really liked it

Excellent writing set in WWII era
Great character development; moving back and forth in time WWII Black jazz players in Berlin; Their interactions, trials tribulations and acceptance of fate WWII The Europe that offered solace and acceptance for the black artists turns on them in the setting of anti Aryan NAZI movement Great use of colloquial black dialogues that were made easy to understand and added gravity to the situation of War The Arts rise above the bitter infighting between races gender and nationalism Beautiful language He talked against us as like he begging us to listen. He wailed. He moaned. He pleaded and seethed. He dragged every damned feeling out of that trumpet but hate. A sort of naked pathetic way of playing in the air. Like he done flipped the whole thing inside out, its nerves flailing in the air. He bent the notes, slurred them in a way made us play harder against him. And the more we disagreed, the stronger he pleaded. But his pleading ain’t never ask for nothing, just seemed to be there for its own damn sake. We are all humans with same emotions and feelings - values may vary but instincts are the same Theme of humans disregard for each other especially in times of crisis, yet the humanity of some of the characters throw that ray of hope and reawakening
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