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...a stunning, powerful read, a compelling story brilliantly told.
Half-Blood Blues can be compared to a jazz symphony with discrete movements, shifting moods and a complex chorus of human and instrumental voices: It swings between present and past, North and South, East and West, black and white, art and violence, war and peace... Edugyan's musically educated ear allows her to transpose notes into words and back again... a brilliantly conceived, gorgeously executed novel.
“Edugyan’s elegiac, shimmering prose makes up for the lack of sunny skies in this impressively conceived and well-executed debut.“ ?Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Edugyan’s spare prose, visceral images, and unfussy dialogue create a suitably ominous atmosphere?. The close... is astonishingly moving. A talented writer to watch.“ ?Kirkus Reviews
“[P]acks a powerful emotional punch.... Fine writing, subtle characterisation and a convincing portrayal of place and period mark out this engaging first work, reminiscent of early VS Naipaul.“ ?The Guardian (UK)
“In this brilliantly written debut novel, Edugyan flawlessly creates and maintains a pervasive sense of hope loneliness, foreboding and futility.“ ?Black Issues Book Review (US)
“[The Second Life of Samuel Tyne] balances the brilliance and audacity of youthful enthusiasm with sage awareness. It’s an impressive debut? a beautifully written novel.“ ?Toronto Star
“An assured and insightful first novel of displacement of fractured identity....This deftly constructed tale... of one tiny, befuddled corner of the African diaspora is finally about all of us?about the hope we have of being our best selves, before it’s too late.“ ?The Globe and Mail
Book club choice. We all really liked it and had plenty to discuss.Published 6 months ago by Debora Bergeron
Really fun to read. Loved the jivey imagery the character uses. Interesting period and focus. Unfortunately, nothing much comes of it all in the end.Published 8 months ago by Pete
Follows a period in history but intertwines a realistic story that is very good.Published 8 months ago by Nancy
A very well written book with so much interest and information. A great story using historical facts. Well researched. Highly recommend this book.Published 15 months ago by Lucy Kukac
Really a great book to read. It took my imagination right back to a time when Jazz and swing was alive in Paris and Berlin. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Harvey Brown
this story had promise - interesting time period and subject; good research of the slang. But in the end none of the main characters were likeable and none of them are redeemed. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Catherine Elder
I found it well worth reading and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a story of young jazz musicians who find themselves in Berlin in the late '30s. The characters are well portrayed. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Janet C. W. B.
Everything about this story is told with care and precision. It's an aspect of the war I'd never considered and found heartbreaking in an unexpected way. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Brad Micklea