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UNSOLVED: One specific book > Fantasy novel where the kid is super poor after his family dies then he studies at a magic school and uses one piece of paper each semester

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message 1: by William (new)

William Fulton | 1 comments I only remember some random details.... hope this works!

*Fantasy novel where the kid is super poor after his family dies then he studies at a magic school and uses one piece of paper each semester. He had no shoes and walked barefoot until a store owner took pity on him and gave him an old pair of shoes


*While he is stranded in the woods he learns to play an instrument very well, then one string breaks and he learns to play just as well with one string. Later in a concert his string breaks but he continues to play because he knows how to play with one less string


message 2: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Dacyczyn (readsintrees) | 264 comments This sounds like it could be a very loose description of The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Magic school, poverty, and a lute....

Wikipedia has a detailed plot description, but here are some pertinent parts:

"The heavily traumatized Kvothe, alive but all alone, spends three years in the slums of the city of Tarbean as a beggar and pickpocket......Kvothe then resolves to get into the University, whose vast Archives include all kinds of accumulated knowledge, including, presumably, also on the Chandrian. Having through great effort obtained some minimal funds for both clothing and traveling, he sets out...... Kvothe buys a lute despite his poverty, and performs brilliantly at a famous musical tavern to earn money, where he also befriends Denna again."


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