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Many dialogues went nowhere, felt «too much», like a need to fill space to make it a longer novel.
Unlike some novels set in the milieu of jazz, Ms. Edugyan never strives to appear cool, but instead creates characters with individuated, unique voices.
The story is told through the eyes of Sid and the setting bounces seamlessly from WWII era Germany and France to modern-day USA and Europe.
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 17 days 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 27 days 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 2 months ago by FrenchVillageDiaries
A very unusual novel, that like a good jazz tune, screams out to be replayed soon. A very unusual take on WWII that avoids cliché or reworking of old work. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gary_Bagnall
Half Blood Blues is not half bad. In fact it is fully excellent. This is an exploration and a revelation of an aspect of World War II and the demonic sins of Nazism that has not... Read morePublished 4 months ago by T-Bird
This is a great read. On so so many levels. Great insight and fascinating story. Well written. I Highly recommend.Published 6 months ago by Avid Reader
This was a good book, but the story was somewhat difficult to follow. Did not care for the ending, as something seemed to be missing.Published 6 months ago by net
The first part of this story had me breathless. I was tasting the dust stirred up by the Nazi jackboots. I was horrified at the exhibit at the Hamberg Zoo. Read morePublished 7 months ago by mary munro-gunn