Library Ed. Recorded Books 2005
CS ISBN 1402533527 $109.75 Fourteen cassettes
CD ISBN 1419307959 $119.75 Sixteen CDs
Are some novels better suited for listening than for reading in print? Proulx's 1996 novel provides evidence for the audio argument. Composed of eight parts and many character sketches, the book charts the consecutive owners of an accordion made in 1890s' Sicily. In the U.S. these various immigrants contend with prejudice and violence and the compensating joy of music. Emphasizing breadth rather than depth, the novel and its detail-rich lyrical passages give reader Henry Strozier the opportunity to excel. His gravelly oratorical performance suits well the verbal music of this quirky, colorful book. The novel's refusal to anchor on a single set of characters will limit its appeal, but Strozier's reading captures its distinctive epic sprawl. G.H. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 05/ JAN 06]
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