9.16.2007

Book Review: The Spanish Bow



The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax

This 550+ page novel was just released last week, but I was lucky enough to be sent a copy early to read, particularly after reading such glowing reviews in the trade mags.

This novel takes place in Spain beginning in 1892 and tracing the next forty years of Feliu Delargo's life, as he becomes a cello master, makes an unlikely duo with a tempestuous piano master, and falls in love with a violinist. Throw in the Spanish war, World War II, politics, geography, Pablo Picasso, Paris and his family, and you have a novel packed full of interwoven threads. I'm glad I recently read Polly Evans' book, so I was a bit more familiar with some of the background and geography of Spain, a country about which I'm woefully undereducated.

This is an epic novel, and I was immediately sucked into the story - and searching for cello music to listen to while I read - but towards the later chapters felt that Romano-Lax (who has SUCH a cool name) was packing a bit too much history into the story, making Feliu more of an icon of an era rather than a believable person. Still, this is an engaging novel that will make you lust for classical music, whether it is your cup of tea or not.

An impressive, beautifully written story from a first-time novelist!

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