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The Organ Builder Hardcover – 1 Jul 1988

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (July 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006015909X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060159092
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,016,685 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been an organist for 12 years and found this book very exciting.

Wonderful book. It starts out with lawyers in New York, comes around to family background, building of nuclear bombs in New Mexico, personal misery and love stories. The organ builder part is left as a climax towards the end of the book. This part is so surprising and deep it is really worth reading the whole 288 pages. I learned a lot about pipe organs reading this novel, even though they are only briefly mentioned.
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Be aware that this book has nothing to do with the construction of pipe organs, it is in fact a novel which, although I have not read it, and although it may be a superb story, appears to me to be grossly mis-named and misleading for anyone like me who is interested in the 'king of instruments'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I found Robert Cohen 9 April 2014
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"The Organ Builder" was his first book and I thought it was superb. Carefully crafted characters, beautiful stop-and-re-read prose throughout, highly literate and very funny. He's been compared to Phillip Roth and Saul Bellow for his imaginative and street smart social vision. As for ability/talent, I'd also compare him to Jose Saramago, David Rhodes and Wallace Stegner which is the very highest praise I give. I immediately ordered all his other books and cannot wait to read them!
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, please... 9 Sept. 2014
By Susan Stewart - Published on
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Dear Paul Strohm, Obviouldy, you are a good friend or relative! This book conatins no plot, no characters with any likeable characteristics, and is a complete waste of time.
4.0 out of 5 stars There are worse books 31 Aug. 2015
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Dear Susan Stewart,
You are right: Paul Strohm is likely a friend or relative of the author. However, the knee-jerk negativity of your review makes me suspect you are are a spurned lover or embittered professional rival of the author. It's a first novel that he published decades ago. It has some flaws. (Old ladies who live in Santa Fe would be unimpressed that Denver is "a mile high," considering their city is a couple thousand feet higher; this incident was clearly just a pretext for pot jokes of the variety that have since become hackneyed since Colorado legalized marijuana--but this is unlikely to peeve any but New Mexican readers.) This novel is indeed more prose-driven than plot-driven. The characters are indeed not so likeable. But then again, the point of the novel seems to be an exploration of the protagonist's psychic suffering. If you dislike books that dwell in the psyche of protagonists who suffer angst, doubt, bitterness, and vague longing, then you will indeed find it insufferable. If you agree that these topics have a place in literature, in spite of the fact that they make for unlikeable characters, then perhaps you will concede: there are worse books you could pick on.
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