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.
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.