The Spanish Bow

The Spanish Bow

by Paul Michael
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The Spanish Bow by Paul Michael

In a dusty, turn-of-the-century Catalan village, the bequest of a cello bow sets young Feliu Delargo on an unlikely path. When a local landowner’s wrath threatens his family, the Spanish bow leads Feliu to anarchist Barcelona, then on to the court in Madrid, where a music master’s daughter gives him his first lessons in the art of love. There he meets up with the charming and eccentric piano prodigy Justo Al-Cerraz and begins the lifelong friendship and rivalry that will orchestrate a tumultuous course for them both. As a war-torn world careens toward catastrophe, they make splendid music together and clash over women, politics, and almost everything else. Then Aviva, an Italian violinist with a haunted past, enters their lives, and Feliu and Justo embark upon their final and most dangerous collaboration.

Inspired by the life of Pablo Casals, The Spanish Bow illuminates the competing demands of art and conscience during the Spanish Civil War and World War II. It is a deeply imagined tale of the passions that accident bestows–and the sacrifices history exacts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739359174
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/11/2007
Edition description: Abridged
Product dimensions: 5.02(w) x 5.97(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author


ANDROMEDA ROMANO-LAX has been a journalist, a travel writer, and a serious amateur cellist. Her fiction includes The Spanish Bow, The Detour, and Behave. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her family.

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Spanish Bow 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
got involved with many characters over many years - author let us step back in time and enter a world with music, passion, art and ethics.
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Cycling_Chef More than 1 year ago
THE SPANISH BOW is a well written historical novel set in the first half of 20th century Spain about a Catalonian musician. I greatly admire the translator who captured the story in English so eloquently. This book is a nook bargain at only 93 cents. I couldn't put it down!
rmlo More than 1 year ago
The Spanish Bow is well researched, well written with characters that are intriguing. If you like music, historical fiction, something off the beaten path, then this is a must read. I really enjoyed it.
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KSG59 More than 1 year ago
This story takes you to Spain in the early 20th century, and tells of a young man's rise to prominence as a cellist. Though a few technical details are more easily understood if the reader is a string player, the characters are dynamic and the plot moves along well, for the most part. The novel is well-written and kept me coming back for more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to see this title. The story sounded interesting but i was not won over until the second chapter. Recently I had read some books on the Spanish Civil War and this novel was so timely and perfectly themed. I like how the story took me all over Spain and into lives of so many prominent historical characters.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Readers are well served by this author's choice of the life of Pablo Casals as inspiration for her debut novel. Journalist Romano-Lax is a cellist herself, thus her love of and passion for music is evident in her narrative as we meet six-year-old Feliu Delargo who lives in a small Catalan village, Campo Seco. He accompanies his mother to the train station to pick up a box sent to them by his father who lost his life in an explosion just before the Spanish-American War. The box contained gifts his father had gathered on his travels and Feliu was allowed to choose which he wanted. He chose a 'glossy brown stick,' a bow which would determine the course of his life. There is not a cello in his village, only a piano and a violin which is too small for the bow. When at last Feliu attends a concert and hears a cell, he 'never looked at the violin or piano again.' When he was 14 his mother took him to Barcelona where he was able to study the cello, and from there he earned a position at the Spanish court in Madrid where he continued to learn. When it became necessary for him to leave the court he joined forces with former piano prodigy JustoAl-Cerraz. Although poles apart in personality the two wouldl play together for 25 years as the world was torn by war. The pair were eventually joined by a beautiful Italian violinist, Aviva, who aroused feelings in both of the men. Romano-Lax traces the course of history between 1892 and 1940 as she imagines the lives of her fictional characters. Those with an interest in classical music and Spain will be especially intrigued by this journey. - Gail Cooke
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1892 their father worked as a customs officer in Cuba until he died due to rebels setting off an explosion that burned down the building he and nine other men worked. Several months later, his remains in a coffin arrive by train in Campo Seco where the Delargo family lives. His widow and five children, four boys and a girl, struggle to survive yet the matriarch refuses to consider any suitors. One of the offspring, Feliu shows musical talent so when he turned fourteen his mother escorts him to Barcelona so that he can be properly taught. Surprisingly, a cello tutor accepts Feliu as a student. Over the next few decades Feliu affirms his promise of being a child prodigy as he becomes a favorite. He also meets temperamental but talented pianist Justo Al-Cerra. They begin to tour the top halls together. Soon afterward Jewish Italian violinist Aviva changes the duet to a trio as the Spanish Civil War explodes and stopping Hitler by appeasement fails. --- This interesting historical fiction provides readers with an enjoyable look at Europe through much of the first half of the twentieth century. In some ways Feliu Delargo comes across as a Forest Gump type figure who happens to be performing at key during pivotal historical moments rather than an autobiographical fiction. Yet Andromeda Romano-Lax captures the essence of the renowned cellist¿s life as the role of the arts in influencing the ethics of society is an underlying theme. --- Harriet Klausner