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Extraordinarily creative...and plodding
on 21 October 2012
The premise of this tale is out of this world extraordinary - a musician in the Spain of the first forty years of the century and his survival. It has everything of whimsy and delight in terms of the subject and the characters and for that imagination alone - it is worth a read. It is something enjoyable.
But, oh dear - WHERE WAS THE EDITOR AGAIN - because what would have made this a five star book ( and nope, concept alone is not enough) is editing. It is just too long and we end up tuning page aftre page to hurry the story along. At some points it is plain dull. Did we really have to start at Feliu's birth? If we started with his work for the Queen we might have been captured from the start - but we plough over page after page. And I gave up a good 50 pages towards the end.
The period and the idea are outstanding and this should have been a 5 star book but the pace and plot just drags it down to a three.
Sadly, wanted to love this.