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Simon the Fiddler Audio CD – Audiobook, 14 April 2020
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"Deft characterizations...resonant prose...Vividly evocative and steeped in American folkways: more great work from a master storyteller."-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
"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...will adore the author's latest masterpiece."-- "Booklist (starred review)"
"Jiles's limber tale satisfies with welcome splashes of comedy and romance."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"Narrator Grover Gardner and poet-novelist Paulette Jiles are a dazzling combination...It's historical fiction of the highest order, transporting the listener to a distant culture and making it both exotic and piercingly familiar...Gardner brings excitement and experience to creating the sounds and voices of Simon's world as he strives against liars, grifters, and bullies to win freedom and love with an indentured immigrant girl. Pairing high-voltage adventure with passages of exquisitely beautiful writing, Gardner and Jiles leave you cheering. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award."-- "AudioFile"
About the Author
Paulette Jiles is a poet and memoirist. She is the author of Cousins, a memoir, as well as several bestselling novels, including Enemy Women and Stormy Weather.
Grover Gardner is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Named one of the "Best Voices of the Century" and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.
- Publisher : Blackstone Pub; Unabridged edition (14 April 2020)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1094107204
- ISBN-13 : 978-1094107202
- Item Weight : 82 g
- Dimensions : 13.72 x 1.52 x 17.02 cm
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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