Posted by: Matt | September 11, 2007

The Spanish Bow

The Spanish BowThe Spanish Bow
Andromeda Romano-Lax
2007

Reason for reading: This book was an offer from the author’s publicist. The synopsis sounded interesting so I accepted the offer.

Quote: “I was almost born Happy. Literally…”

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Feliu Delargo was born dead. Or at least his mother thought so. But he was spared and grew to become a great cellist. Upon his father’s death, his mother received a crate with some of his belongings and gifts for the children. Feliu was given first choice and so picked a bow. He first began on a violin, but soon found his true calling was the cello, which also happened to be the instrument for which the bow was made. The Spanish Bow is the story of his life, his love for music and his place in Spanish music and politics.

This book was a pleasant surprise. The book is the author’s first novel. This is a love story, but the love is of music. Romano-Lax has written a beautiful story. It is one of love and loss and soul-searching. The search not always resulting in what the characters hoped for.

The book’s main weakness is it’s length. The story likely could have been told in a hundred or so pages less than were used. However this is a small issue.

The Spanish Bow is quality historical fiction from a first time novelist. Though she has never before written fiction her experience is evident.

Rating: 4.0

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Responses

  1. Sounds intriguing. There are a few authors that could profit from a little heavy editing but there are worse thiongs.

  2. Sounds like a good read. Good to have you back!

  3. I have this book sitting on my table waiting for me to pick it up!! But right now, I’m in the middle of World War Z! Can’t think about another book just yet! Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Carrie K – Sometimes an excessive number of pages can really drag a book down but it wasn’t too bad in this case.

    John – Good to be back on the blogs again. It was a good read, all the more so for being a nice surprise.

    Stephanie – I hope you’re enjoying World War Z! Most people don’t seem to believe me when I tell them how good it is.

  5. Sounds interesting–and its always great to get more than you expect! Did I miss somewhere the length of the book??

  6. I truly love seeing an author who starts out so well. I had that experience recently and it was quite nifty.

  7. Trish – I actually did not mention the specific length of the book, so… 547 pages.

    Heather – It is always interesting to read a author’s debut novel, and it is fun when it’s a good one.


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