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A Mandolin Of Gold
     

A Mandolin Of Gold

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by Michael Frank Tedesco
 

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Brooklyn, New York. Ninety-five year old Ernesto DiLentini, forgotten virtuoso from the era when mandolin reigned as the most rebellious instrument of the day, remembers everything . . . running away at 17 to join a 34-member Neapolitan plectrum orchestra, falling in love with a girl destined for the convent, socializing with rowdy Futurists, and making records for

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Brooklyn, New York. Ninety-five year old Ernesto DiLentini, forgotten virtuoso from the era when mandolin reigned as the most rebellious instrument of the day, remembers everything . . . running away at 17 to join a 34-member Neapolitan plectrum orchestra, falling in love with a girl destined for the convent, socializing with rowdy Futurists, and making records for the Victrola in 1913. Perhaps a rock star before Rock, Ernesto recklessly achieves success beyond his wildest dreams . . . until the discovery of his affair with a married woman and the urgent need to escape her revolver-carrying husband put him on a merchant steamer sailing for La'Merica. Ernesto arrives in New York disguised in women's clothes, without baggage or passport, yet still in possession of his beloved mandolin. What should be a long prosperous career reaching far beyond the heyday of Coney Island, World War One, Prohibition, and Vaudeville, becomes the turbulent and bittersweet portrait of a brilliant career cut short, an enduring love for three heartbreaking sisters, and a dangerous association with an ominous man known only as il Lupo.

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ISBN-13:
9780615323046
Publisher:
M.T. Words
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Pages:
492
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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A Mandolin Of Gold 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
M-L-T More than 1 year ago
Michael Tedesco has a gift for literary imagery. He brings us a story of the Italian immigrant of the early 20th Century that many of us who are descendents of these immigrants can relate to. The reader will find that they are actually living the story, at the events, mirroring Ernesto as he loves, looses, and loves again. You will hear the sweet mandolin playing with the orchestra, the quartet and as Ernesto plays alone in the performance halls, theaters, and even the recording sessions. To say that this novel has it all may be over the top, but it has many of the elements that I would relate if I were telling my life story.