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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Beautifully written -- don't miss this one.

How long since I have loved a book as much for the use of language as for the content of it plot or characters? Not since the Bard I think. It's all in the language. The changing meter ebbs and flows to match the dynamic of the drama. In a story based on music the la...
How long since I have loved a book as much for the use of language as for the content of it plot or characters? Not since the Bard I think. It's all in the language. The changing meter ebbs and flows to match the dynamic of the drama. In a story based on music the language is the rhythm. You can almost see the broad smile, the whites of Satchmo's eyes welcoming you between the words. Bird's stacatto bursts and the languid baritones of Teagarden drip like honey when the tempo stretches. Sentences grab you and pull you along like a melody, sometimes a gliss, a riff, the pause exciting as the note. It is a nocturne, not just from Harlem but jazzed and mixed with Germany and Austria and a different time and place. But always truth ... jazz truth. Don't miss this if you love poetry made from music, or vice-versa. A rare treat. She will have to go a long way to equal it I think.

posted by joe11144 on April 11, 2012

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    Beautifully written -- don't miss this one.

    How long since I have loved a book as much for the use of language as for the content of it plot or characters? Not since the Bard I think. It's all in the language. The changing meter ebbs and flows to match the dynamic of the drama. In a story based on music the language is the rhythm. You can almost see the broad smile, the whites of Satchmo's eyes welcoming you between the words. Bird's stacatto bursts and the languid baritones of Teagarden drip like honey when the tempo stretches. Sentences grab you and pull you along like a melody, sometimes a gliss, a riff, the pause exciting as the note. It is a nocturne, not just from Harlem but jazzed and mixed with Germany and Austria and a different time and place. But always truth ... jazz truth. Don't miss this if you love poetry made from music, or vice-versa. A rare treat. She will have to go a long way to equal it I think.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    Fascinating Alternative Look At The Jazz Age

    In Berlin, between World War I and II, jazz was the thing. Black musicians flocked there and to Paris, fleeing the discrimination at home. One group formed then had members from all over. There were Sid and Chip, the bass player and drummer, childhood friends who came over from Baltimore. Ernst was a German, son of a rich and powerful industrialist. Big Fritz was also German, as was Paul, the group's only Jewish member.

    Then there was Hieronymus, or Hiero Falk, the band's trumpeter. Hiero is young, barely twenty, a decade or so younger than the rest of the band. He is also German, but most people would be surprised to learn this. Born of a German mother and a Senegalese father, he is one of a handful of 'half-bloods' born in a region where Senegalese troops had been stationed. These children were not accepted but shunned and singled out for unfair treatment. But Hiero has a gift; he plays the trumpet in a manner that rivals the king of all trumpeters, Louis Armstrong.

    By 1939, things had gotten bad in Berlin. The SS were everywhere, targeting Jews first, but also blacks and other minorities. Jazz was denounced as savage music not worthy of a true German's attention. As tensions mount and the men start to fear for their lives, a woman appears. She is Deliliah Brown, the singer in Louis Armstrong's band, and she wants them to come to Paris and play with Louis. After Paul is captured on the streets one day, the men decide to go there.

    Once there, things are better for a time, but not for long. Dissension starts to strain the band as members vie for Deliliah's attention and time to record. The group falls apart when Hiero is swept up and sent to a camp, but Sid manages to sneak out one precious recording, 'Half-Blood Blues' when he and Chip go back to America that makes the group's reputation. Hiero survives the war, but dies soon afterward.

    As the book opens, Chip and Sid are on their way to a Hiero Falk Festival in Berlin, put together by a German documentary maker who wants to reestablish the glory of those days when jazz ruled the music scene. This is surprising enough, but Chip has a shock in his pocket. It turns out that Hiero did not die, but has been living in obscurity for forty years. The men are reunited and all the old disagreements and tensions are resolved.

    Esi Edugyan has written a glorious book. The reader is transported into the world of jazz musicians, where the music is the thing, the only thing that matters. The tension and danger of the Nazi government is strikingly portrayed, and how it swept apart friends and families and whole generations of people. There is friendship and betrayal, sacrifice and pain along with a determination to survive and make the music survival. This book was long-listed for the Mann Booker Prize and is recommended for all readers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Wow is all i can really say this is a beautiful book in it self.i oout al people would love to read this to any one . Totally would recomend it

    Although i have just recieved this bok it is as a fact truly an amazing book. So sit on back ,get this book while your at it ,and enjoy .

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    Transports you to a time and place so real you can feel it. Writ

    Transports you to a time and place so real you can feel it. Written in a unique style. Pure jazz rhythms of language and feeling. Hard to put down

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Momo

    Heyy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Benny

    Walks in with my flintlocks in a black hoody with jeans and my combat boots

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Jack

    Punches alex in the face

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    Posted April 7, 2014

    Alex

    Got it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Lunch hall and chat area

    Eat while talking!!!!!!!!! Only one rule: NO FOOD FIGHTS OR ANY FIGHTS OF ANY KIND!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Andrea

    Changes into her bikini and runs out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Apollo Cabin 4

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    ZEUS

    Cabing for the half bloods of the sky

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Cabin one- Zeus

    This is Zeus's cabin. Its filled with sky things and lightning bolts. Thalia, Zeus's forbidden daughter stays here.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Just couldnt get into it

    Ive read worse books but i couldnt finish this. Just never got going.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Jax Dobberson

    Name: look up. Jax Dobberson. Looks: 6'6", shaggy jet black hair that he constantly has to flip out of his eyes, which are electric blue. He is pale, but not in a bad way. Defined muscles. Godly parent: Zues Personality: Kind, compassionate, logical, defensive of himself and those he cares for. Weapons/Powers: He can control the wind so he can 'fly'. He can control the weather, so he can make it rain, or can push back the rain. He keeps two daggers in his boots and carries a sword that was made by Hephestus himself. History: Grew up in London, and recently heard of a camp for demigods so he thought he'd check it out. Age: 17 Wears: black T-Shirts and a black leather motorcycle jacket, jeans and combat boots. Other: Rides a motorcycle.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Courtney Birch (BIO)

    Name-Courtney Birch Age-15 Parent-Hades Personality-Smart funny Awesome! Looks-Small has long dirty blonde hair beautiful bluish grey eyes. Wears a white t black colombia jacket dark blue skinny jeans and white flipflops or grey nikes.
    Status-Dating Derek Likes-Puppies chocolate PURPLE swimming sword fighting and talking. Others-I am really nice and love everything!!! Oh yeah and my b-day is Feb. 23!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Clouds bio updated

    Dating storm crusj storm 16 or 21 ancient king of peace looks has white hair gold eyes full black coay thay coveres body or blonde hair blue eyes large sword in sheath purple pants and shirt name clous valintine 6 bros one sis

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Chase

    Name: Chase age 15 looks tall skinny blond and wears bright colored skinny jeans Parent demeter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Nolan (bio)

    Name: Nolan Frye, • Age: 14, • Godly Parent: Athena, • Description: 5'2", tan, stormy grey eyes, friendly smile, fit, dirty blonde hair (short), and tons on freckles• Personality: nice, smart, and athletic • Crush: Ally, • Realationship Satus: Dating Ally • Other: sports are my life, i play soccer, basketball, and baseball.

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    Posted February 16, 2013

    August((bio))

    Name:August flay. Age:15. Godly parent:Athena. Gender:girl. Looks:red hair tall wears neon colors. Green eyes. Pets:Flyer a german shephered. Crush:none. Relationship:none. Mortal parents:Dipper and Mabel Flay. Other: Athena has alot of kids....~August

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