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Along with a silver pistol lead David to unravel the story of the conflict including his father's association with the fascists and the opposition of his uncle who took considerable risks in helping to hide a wanted republican With affection and lucidity Bernardo Atxaga describes the evolution of a young man caught between country and town between his uncle the horse breeder and his political father The course of David's life c I m glad I kept reading this book though the plot and characters develop slowly The central storyline follows a young man s growing up in Basue country seeing how Spanish fascism has shaped the lives around him and deciding who he will be While at first the story within a story framework seemed too complex by the end I could see that it had a purpose Also the writing especially the dialogue seemed too realistic and dull but as the story picked up this flat style of narration became powerful Along the way are some memorable characters terrific tales and scenes and profound insights By the end the book is action packed funny and poignant

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A celebrated international author listed among the top writers for the st century The Observer UKAs David Imaz on the threshold of adulthood divides his time between his uncle Juan's ranch and his life in the village where he reluctantly practices the accordion a tradition that his authoritarian father insists he continue he becomes increasingly aware of the long shadow cast by the Spanish Civil WarLetters found in a hotel attic Last fall I had the good fortune to see El Pa s Vasco Basue Country Apart from Bilbao and San Sebasti n I stopped in Guernica Known in its Basue tongue Gernika was bombed by the Nazi Luftwaffe as a testing grounds for its Blitzgreig lightning war in 1937 General Franco allowed this as the Basue people were not sympathetic to him during the Spanish Civil war The bombing inspired Picasso to paint his famous painting Guernica now in the Museo Reina Sofia I was moved to tears seeing this on a previous tripWith this background and having read Fernando Aramburu s Patria I started this book with much trepidation Written by Bernardo Atxaga in 2003 it tells the story of David Imaz the son of Angel who is following his father s footsteps as an accordionist In the small mythical town of Obaba near Gernika this was a notable career in the 1930s but in the 1960s David s future is about to changeDavid wa

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Hanges one summer night when he agrees to shelter a group of students on the run from the military policeThis is the most accomplished novel to date by an internationally celebrated writer The Accordionist's Son is memorable for its epic scope from to and the details with which it sparkles in gorgeous prose It is easy to understand why The Observer listed Atxaga as one of the top twenty one writers for the twenty first century One of my best friends is Basue and his family moved from the Basue Country around 1965 to Bakersfield in order to become sheep herders and cattle ranchers I also have an inherent interest in the Spanish Civil WarThat said I was excited to see this book at the library given that it s about a Basue man who emigrates to Visalia with the ghosts of The Spanish Civil War and Basue separatist movement on his heelsBut for whatever reason I didn t find this book compelling Perhaps it s because it was translated into English so maybe something got lostI think the main reason is that I never uite knew what the main thrust of this book was about The Spanish Civil War is present but by no means is this a book about The Spanish Civil War The protagonist is an immigrant to California but this isn t an immigrant s tale There are some romantic threads but they feel like haphazard sub plots than anythings elseIf th


10 thoughts on “Soinujolearen semea

  1. says:

    Internationally acclaimed Basue author Bernardo Atxaga is a poet as well as a novelist His 2004 novel The Accordionist's Son is at one level the coming of age story of David Imaz a talented accordionist player in the footsteps of his father The context however is different from many other comparable novels Set in the remote village

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    Last fall I had the good fortune to see El País Vasco Basue Country Apart from Bilbao and San Sebastián I stop

  3. says:

    Intense SentimentalityCouldn't finish this book so this is only a partial review Atxaga was recommended to me as the best contemporary Basue

  4. says:

    What do you learn from this book You learn about the Spanish Civil War 1936 1939 about Guernica about what drives those in Basue movement for independence and most of all about how what happens in history during a set time here 1936 1939 continues to change people and evets for years to come The writer is also a poet and you see that in his writing particularly when he describes not people but animals and landscapes and language Yes I did

  5. says:

    We discussed this at my book group last night Most people had finished all or most of it but a few still had a hundred or so pages to go I think they were surprised at how much of the action comes in that last eighty pages I won't give anything away We learn at the beginning that the main character and principal narrator David has died and that the book is largely his memoir translated from Basue edited and possibly embellished b

  6. says:

    I'm glad I kept reading this book though the plot and characters develop slowly The central storyline follows a

  7. says:

    it's not the most original of titles but this book is hands down one of the best two or three i've read over the l

  8. says:

    The Accordionist’s Son is a coming of age novel that explores the complexity of growing up in a twentieth century oppressive regime after a civil war This novel elouently paints the Northern side of the Basue Country in Spain in the naivety of youth Transitioning into greater understanding the protagonist becomes older and awar

  9. says:

    One of my best friends is Basue and his family moved from the Basue Country around 1965 to Bakersfield in order to become sheep herders and cattle ranchers I also have an inherent interest in the Spanish Civil WarThat said I was ex

  10. says:

    Translated from the spanish this book is about a Basue town and interwines the story of two generations with both the Spanish Civil