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Posted February 28, 2005
I read this novel from an 'advance reader copy' in Hawai'i in late 2002. I was stunned at how well Turner was able to get into the haed of a musician (like Bix) who does not read music, but is brilliantly creative nonetheless. That is the take I had then. Having re-read the novel recently, I was more struck by Turner's own brilliant (and, yes, occasionally overdesciptive, perhaps...) portrayal of characters, history, uniquely American mindsets and energies, and his ability to write both descriptively AND with amazing 'stream of consciousness' clarity. While the novel certainly centers on, and nails, Bix the creative genius; the plot line is never secondary to him. Turner weaves a masterful storyline within and around his central figure. I have read a many a great 'historical fiction' novel, but this one stands alone in its own right. Brilliant.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.