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The Man With The Mandolin

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Ballet is in the blood of the Riche family. It is their passion and their livelihood. After the death of his father, duty dictates that only son, Charles, who has no flair for business or ballet, has little option but to support his doting mother and overbearing spinster aunt in their quest to steer the failing dance troupe back to success.

But, mesmerized by a street
Kindle Edition, 146 pages
Published November 2nd 2014 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A five star standing ovation! Charles Raines is a master at his craft. The words in this story flow poetically from start to end whether they express love, hate, lust, desire, intrigue...or a man receiving a blow job. It has all the elements of a literary classic wrapped in the journey of a man falling in love with another man.
Jason Bradley
This book is well written, at least the 3rd of it I read... The story is compelling. But here is my problem. I don't speak or read French. I've read plenty of books with dialogue in a foreign language but then the author finds a way to clue you in to what is being said. Not here. Whole conversations that I can either look up or just skip and assume are not something necessary to the plot. I got tired of missing out on most of what was being said so I put the book down and chose something else.
Lena Grey
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“His face tells a story of a million rainy days... His eyes show a deepness in a thousand different ways... His clothes are ragged and they’re torn, but he lights up the darkness with the music that he plays... They call him mandolin man ‘cos no one knows his name, no one knows his story, no one knows his pain.” ~ Hennesea

Charles Riche, in 'Man With The Mandolin', is not a happy man. He's doing his best to fulfill his obligation to his widowed mother and maiden aunt after his father dies
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THE MAN WITH THE MANDOLIN marks the sixth Charles Raines novel that I have had the pleasure of reading. Set in post-WWII Marseilles, this novel centers on the life its young protagonist Charles Riche. Charles is trapped in a lonely world of secrets, obligations, and fear. Bullied, scorned, and still hampered by the physical effects of polio her suffered as a child, he also possesses a forbidden yearning for the comforts of other men, a reality that adds further to his sense of abject isolation. ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THE MAN WITH THE MANDOLIN is not a sexual romp with flawlessly handsome men. And do not expect the writer to gently lead you with painstaking explanations of who, what, when, and where. Charles Raines is a writer who seems to delight in surprise and subtlety.

The author lets the first-person narrator Charles slowly reveal the time, the place, and the characters. Post-war Marseilles, perhaps the late 40s or early 50s. Charles, the son of a ballet prima donna and her sister; a nose-up-his-behind
Alp Mortal
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'd actually started The Man With The Mandolin a while back but put it down to read Dicing With Danger by Charles Raines, to then pick it up again today.

The fact that I had put it down and could just pick it up, speaks volumes about the story; enthralling as I was kind of expecting, laced with intrigue and seriously arousing without, seemingly, any effort on the author's part - but we know that simply means that the author worked extremely hard to draw these pictures and a fine job he did of
Rob Damon
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another of Charles Raines surreal, compelling, and tantalizing stories that I feel flows on well from Falling for Forever and Stranger in Translation. Written in a way that defies most mainstream novels this gives the reader something to appreciate. And as a reader I feel the author is respecting me enough to not dictate or spell anything out. He lets me enjoy the journey. For the MM genre these books stand out in the same way our older classics do. Definitely high quality reading.

I will be
Dawn Chapman
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Charles, each and every story he writes takes you into another world. With rich surroundings, from the smells and tastes you experience to the exciting and beautifully drawn out relationships we become involved with. Nothing disappoints here, the building tension in this is fab! and leave us of course just wanting more. I'll be back for each story he writes.
Vastine Bondurant
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ahhh. Satisfaction. The kind one gets from reading Charles Raines' works.
"The Man with the Mandolin" is rich, delicious, mysterious, sensual, beautiful.

More of the review to come...
MM Reader
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Set in a ballet school in the south of France, this is a superbly written story about a young man's quest to overcome the duties and disadvantages in his life and find love. Feeling a strong attraction to a street musician shrouded in mystery, Charles spends his days watching and waiting, hoping to be noticed by the man with the mandolin. Naive and sexually inexperienced, he allows himself to be distracted by an unscrupulous local waiter and the ballet troupe's new and enigmatic principal ...more
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