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Simon the Fiddler: A Novel Kindle Edition
“Jiles’ sparse but lyrical writing is a joy to read. . . . A beautifully written book and a worthy follow-up to News of the World.” -- Associated Press
“Imbued with the dust, grit, and grime of Galveston at the close of the Civil War, Simon the Fiddler immerses readers in the challenges of Reconstruction. Jiles brings her singular voice to the young couple's travails, her written word as lyrical and musical as Simon's bow raking over his strings. Loyal Jiles readers and fans of Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See and Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kitteridge will adore the author's latest masterpiece." -- Booklist (starred review)
“Luminescent prose. . . . Jiles’ timeworn territory provides a cozy escape. -- Los Angeles Times
“Endearing . . . And when the final battle royal arrives in San Antonio, it’s just the rousing ballad we want to hear.” -- Washington Post
“Jiles’s limber tale satisfies with welcome splashes of comedy and romance.” -- Publishers Weekly
“Vividly evocative and steeped in American folkways: more great work from a master storyteller.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“In Simon the Fiddler we once again accompany a cast of intriguing characters on a suspenseful Texas-based quest just after the Civil War. . . . A crackling-good adventure tale.” -- Minneapolis Star Tribune
"[Jiles's] description of Simon and Doris traveling on separate journeys across the Texas landscape is superb, causing us to feel the elation and sense of possibility that rises in the hearts of man, woman and beast in setting out on the road.” -- Wall Street Journal
“Beautifully told with lyrical descriptions, the novel illuminates the everyday struggles of the era.” -- Christian Science Monitor
“Jiles makes Texas in the 1800s hot and palpable for her readers, edgy and lawless, but the story also sings with melody.” -- Book Trib --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Paulette Jiles is a novelist, poet, and memoirist. She is the author of Cousins, a memoir, and the novels Enemy Women, Stormy Weather, The Color of Lightning, Lighthouse Island, and News of the World, which was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. She lives on a ranch near San Antonio, Texas.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07V9HHT9H
- Publisher : William Morrow (14 April 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 4534 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 368 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0062966758
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I would divide the story into two parts. In the first, we read of music and the formation of a small band consisting of a fiddler, a guitarist, a rhythm section lad with a wee hand drum and bones, and a flautist or penny whistler. We watch the players grow to care for one another and perform merrily at various venues. Quite enjoyable.
In the second part, we are absorbed with Simon falling in love with Doris of Ireland.
This being Paulette Jiles, romance or not, we are still in the rough and tumble world of people who have just lost a war and who are confused, angry and violent. This turbulence is reflected in the story though in no way to the extent we experience turbulence and strife in The Color of Lightning. Nevertheless, it’s there, so yes, it’s a beautiful romance, but at the same time it’s a far cry from, say, Harlequin’s Love Inspired series. It’s not soft like those stories. It can be soft to the touch, but it can also be rough to the touch. Like real life.
It’s a significant story, you will see that Lt. Whittaker is the true gallant, I recommend it and give it 4 stars.
PS Subsequent to writing the above I checked with a musicologist who confirmed that no such band of that composition would have existed in that period let alone be called scratch and a little thought makes you realize that no band could have made any living in such an environment ( a single fiddler might), nobody without a classical education would have thought in keys and most damning of all the bodhran does not take its place in Irish music until the mid-twentieth century (Check with Wikipedia) and the techniques used by the drummer are of even more recent invention. Overall shocking research unless I'm missing the point of an elaborate joke
Reviewed in Australia on 18 November 2020