Friday, September 30, 2011

Half Blood Blues ...

It'll probably be sometime late next week before I post a review of Half Blood Blues, but unless it falls flat on its face in the last fifty pages, it'll probably be one of my reads of the year. I'm completely in thrall to it at the moment. Esi Edugyan is a real wordsmith, the story is strong, and the characters have real depth to them that makes being in their company interesting (if at times more than a little uncomfortable). Think jazz, Berlin, Paris, 1939/40, black Americans and a mischling (half-black) German, Louis Armstrong, and a seductive diva. Then mix to a sticky blend. At the minute I'm gonna have the blues when I turn the last page.

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