Posted by: Matt | August 27, 2007

Reading The Spanish Bow

I have been reading an ARC by first time novelist Andromeda Romano-Lax entitled The Spanish Bow. When I first received it I had no idea what to expect. Reading the synopsis did not seem to help me grasp what the story was about. I knew only that it concerned music and politics and took place early in the 20th century. Well, I am over half way through it now and I must say I am pleasantly surprised. I am enjoying it much more than I had predicted I would.cello

The novel is about a Spanish boy who grows up longing for the chance to learn to play the cello. He finally has an opportunity and grows into a renowned cellist. It also concerns his and Europe’s dealings with a troubled political landscape.

One reason I think that I have enjoyed the book so far is that I once played the cello. I have not done so for many years now but earlier in my life I played for six years. I have remembered my time with the instrument enough to identify with the central character. It has also led me to think about whether I should have kept playing instead of giving it up.

I should finish the novel this week and will likely post my final thoughts early next week.



  1. I have a copy of this one too! I hope to get to it soon.

    I like the new look!

  2. Sounds entertaining and enlightening!

    And yes, you should have kept playing the cello. But then again, I should have kept playing the piano. Live and learn.

  3. Carrie K – My wife plays the piano, and we managed to snag her parents old piano so now she can play whenever she has time. She also used to play the violin and would like to start playing again. I don’t suppose I’ll ever go back to the cello though.

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