Wednesday, March 6, 2013

February Book Club

 Did you read Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan last month? Most of our book club started it and those that have finished really enjoyed the book. Here is a description from the author.

"A young, brilliant trumpet-player, Hieronymus, is arrested in a Paris cafe. The star musician was never heard from again. He was twenty years old. He was a German citizen. And he was black.
Fifty years later, Sidney Griffiths, the only witness that day, still refuses to speak of what he saw. When Chip Jones, his friend and fellow band member, comes to visit, recounting the discovery of a strange letter, Sid begins a slow journey towards redemption.
From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, Sid leads the reader through a fascinating, little-known world, and into the heart of his own guilty conscience.
Half-Blood Blues is an electric, heart-breaking story about music, race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves, and demand of others, in the name of art."
I loved the writing it really captures you and takes you into the era giving you a feel for the music and uncertainty of pre-war Berlin. I really got involved with the characters as well, although you might not like all of the choices they make you become invested in the outcome of the story. I would say it's a definite read!! 

I also read the other book I recommended last month Soulless by Gail Carriger. It was a totally different read but lots of fun. If you are looking for a light fast read with mystery and just a bit of a lustful werewolf this is your book. 
For March we are reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. A local author's tale of her journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. A few of our members have read this and just rave about it. 


Jan said...

I did read Half-Blood Blues. I loved it.

Pétra said...

I found it hard to explain but I thought it was such a good read!