- 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)
The Organ Builder Hardcover – 1 Jul 1988
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Top Customer Reviews
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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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.