Simon the Fiddler
In March 1865, the long and bitter War between the ...more
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It was different then. The air was different and the long remote crying of the steamboat whistles as they came down from the Monongahela and Pittsburgh seemed to tell the story of a great nation and a great people with adventure and the look of distance in their eyes, and now it was somehow soiled with the stench of the dead. MacFarland was dead. Lincoln was dead. Neighbors had shot one another dead. It occurred to him that he rarely laughed anymore. Maybe laughter would come back, but it was a...more
It is easy to lose ...more
The best kind of historical fiction — a deep, richly painted, description of life in East Texas at the end of the Civil War. It’s an everyday adventure story — not about mythical heroes but about people trying to reclaim their lives in the chaotic aftermath of a devastating war.
Simon Boudlin — the titular fiddler — has simple goals ...more
At the end of the civil war, one young man, although having come through the devastation of that war, knows what he wants to do with his life and what he needs to do to reach that end.
Music plays such an important part of this story. "...they all shared memories of the chaos of the Civil War, of death and destruction, poverty, dislocation. But he had his music. He could lift them out of all that ...more