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Insightful and certainly unusual in its theme it also well written with great characters.
The story never really hooked me in; I tried and tried to feel strongly for the characters and to finish the book after reading most of it, but just couldn't.
While that does not make it a bad book, I think it does take away from making it as memorable as it could have been.
Esi Edugyan's "Half-Blood Blues" is the story of 4 black musicians all of different countries of origins who get caught up in the beginnings of WWII in Berlin & Paris. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Paul L.
An intricately drawn narrative about a time and place, in which the characters dwell within themselves in a blues way. Their blues. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Charlene Diane Jones
Found it a hard book to stick with but finally got through !Published 1 month ago by Jane B Malphurs
Jazz musician Sid Griffiths has lived a long life and seen plenty from his pre-WWII days in Berlin. For a black musician, that period was a dangerous time, but the opportunity to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Debra Purdy Kong
Some of my biggest passions are Berlin, Germany during the war, jazz, and musicians in general. So you'd think this would be a fascinating read, right?
Wrong. Read more
If you like jazz, if you like history, if you like authentic voices this is worth reading. The images it conjures and the sense of time and place it evokes are more memorable than... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kenneth E Kunin
Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan is Sid Griffiths' story. He's an African American from Baltimore who once was a sax player in the Hot Time Swingers, a band active with the jazz... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steven R. Lindahl
This book tells the story of three black jazz musicians who find themselves in Berlin at the beginning of the Second World War. Read morePublished 6 months ago by FrenchVillageDiaries