Accordion Crimes

Accordion Crimes

Book - 1996
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Divided into nine sections and spanning a century and a continent, this novel illuminates the lives of the founders of a nation, descendants of Mexicans, Poles, Germans, the Irish, Scots and Franco-Canadians. Through the music of the accordion they express their fantasies, sorrows and exuberance.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1996.
ISBN: 9780684195483
Characteristics: 431 pages


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May 24, 2018

This is a disjointed set of character studies; and most of the characters are truly awful people. It sort of follows the accordion, but it's not really the main theme of the book: it's a weak glue that holds many different stories together. This book is crass. Unnecessary (meaning they don't promote the story in any way) bad language and sexual situations, even some gross ones involving raping and molesting children.

Nov 09, 2012

Although I liked her book, "The Shipping News", I enjoyed this one more. I read it a long time ago but I still remember the laugh-out-loud scene about the surprise birthday party given by the woman's husband (forgot their names).

sit_walk Oct 02, 2009

Grim, but beautifully written.

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