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Accordion Crimes | [Annie Proulx]

Accordion Crimes

Accordion Crimes opens in 1890 in Sicily as an accordion maker completes his finest instrument and dreams of owning a music store in America. He and his 11-year-old son, carrying little more than the accordion, voyage to the teeming, violent port of New Orleans. Within a year, the accordion maker is murdered by an anti-Italian lynching mob, but his instrument carries Proulx's story as it falls into the hands of various immigrants who carry it from Iowa to Texas, from Maine to Louisiana, looking for a decent life.
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Publisher's Summary

Rarely has a literary novel so captured the hearts and minds of readers and listeners across America and the world as E. Annie Proulx's The Shipping News, winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Accordion Crimes is another masterpiece of storytelling that spans a century and a continent.

The book opens in 1890 in Sicily as an accordion maker completes his finest instrument and dreams of owning a music store in America. He and his 11-year-old son, carrying little more than the accordion, voyage to the teeming, violent port of New Orleans. Within a year, the accordion maker is murdered by an anti-Italian lynching mob, but his instrument carries Proulx's story as it falls into the hands of various immigrants who carry it from Iowa to Texas, from Maine to Louisiana, looking for a decent life. The music is their last link with the past - voice for their fantasies, sorrows and exuberance - but it, too, is forced to change.

Proulx's prodigious knowledge, heartbreaking characters, and daring storytelling unite the sections of Accordion Crimes - a stunning novel, exhilarating in its scope and originality.

©1996 Annie Proulx (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"In scale, in vision and in imaginative darling, Accordion Crimes uses all the range and the resources of Proulx's mature prose.... She is a great novelist." (The New Republic)

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    Annette Winston-Salem, NC, United States 06-14-11
    Annette Winston-Salem, NC, United States 06-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Just too depressing"

    I LOVED the Shipping News by Annie Proulx, and the premise for this book sounded fascinating. So I bought it as soon as I saw it. The writing is exquisite in its often whimsical detail, but I kept waiting for some kind of story to tie things together, and some kind of silver lining behind the clouds of squalor and human misery. I kept waiting, and waiting, and waiting, slogging through all that misery... but by the second part I gave up because the "tie" or the silver lining never showed up. The narrative was just too depressing.

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    Arthur Sunnyvale, CA, United States 08-20-12
    Arthur Sunnyvale, CA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011

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    "This book should be a crime"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    For this to be a 4 or 5 star experience, it would have had to be a different story. It was dreary, depressing, endlessly gruesome, and just plain awful.


    What was most disappointing about Annie Proulx’s story?

    There was unending pain and misery in this story. There were no characters to root for. Everyone was either awful, crazy, or abused and/or all of the above. As the book progressed, the story rambled more and more until I just wanted to be finished so I could stop reading this horrible book.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Stechschulte – was your favorite?

    Although he did an admirable job with the material, I have to say that none of them were my favorite.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Accordion Crimes?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this for my book club and when we met to discuss it, everyone in the group really could not stand this book. It probably generated the most conversation of any book we have discussed and that's the only good thing I can say about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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