Esi Edugyan has written a wonderful novel with a perfect pitch. If there are any of you who are writers and would like to have an example of a GREAT piece of writing, please check out this novel. Her language is brilliant and flows just like a piece of jazz music.
The novel takes us back to 1940 Paris. A young jazz musician, Hiero is arrested by the Nazis and never heard of again. What a tragedy! He is twenty years old and he is a German Citizen. And he is black.
Fifty years later, his friend and fellow musician, Sid must relive his unforgettable memories of this time in his life, revealing the friendships, love affairs, and treacheries that sealed Hiero’s fate.
This book will transport the reader from the bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris where the legendary Louis Armstrong makes an appearance. It is the second novel by a very talented young writer. It is an entrancing, electric story about jazz, race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves and demand of others in the name of art.
Thank you John for suggesting that we read this truly well-written and inspiring book! Not only was it a GREAT way of spending a few afternoons, but it is an example of GREAT writing–writing that of course I will never be able to emulate but which I appreciate because I know first hand how hard it is to write novels.
Rating: 5 stars
Irene S. Roth