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Blues Lessons

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – December 2002

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In the lush countryside of 1950s Michigan, young Martin Dijksterhuis has everything he could ever want, living among his extended family and working in his family's orchard fields. Despite his mother's plans for him to attend college in Chicago, he has no desire to leave home.
One autumn, in a camp of migrant farm workers, Martin discovers a music that touches him like nothing before -- the unsettling melodies and timeless words of the country blues. He also falls in love with Corinna, the daughter of the black foreman who runs the orchards. He ends up fathering her child, only to lose her in a stunning betrayal. Martin's music and his love for Corinna are the two themes of his life. His struggle to combine them in a single story takes him far from home and the life he had always envisioned for himself, only to bring him back again in a way he could never have imagined.
In this beautifully rendered novel, Robert Hellenga explores the fragility of happiness, the struggle to discover one's true calling in life, and the sorrows and satisfactions of family.
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ISBN-13: 9780743225465
ISBN-10: 0743225465
Pagini: 336
Dimensiuni: 133 x 207 x 19 mm
Greutate: 0.35 kg
Ediția: Reprint
Editura: Scribner


"The Seattle Times" Hellenga imparts his personal passion for music, explores issues of place, race, class, and destiny with a sure hand....A treat to read.
Thomas Curwen"Los Angeles Times"
An important novel...intelligent, deeply moving.

"The New York Times Book Review"Hellenga has a gift for nicely pointed satire and rich, almost lavish sense of place.

"Chicago Tribune"There is a sad beauty to this novel, a potent narrative about the lives people make out of broken expectations; it is a fable of the heart seeking resolution.

Rebecca Radner "San Francisco Chronicle Book Review" Irresistible...A compendium of delights, overflowing with insight and passion. The funny parts are absurdly hilarious, the painful ones moving and perceptive.
David Willis McCullough "The New York Times Book Review" Hellenga has a gift for nicely pointed satire and a rich, almost lavish sense of place.
Frances Stead Sellers "The Washington Post Book World" Once in a while, when reality is too painful to bear, fiction can help us to explore the fragility of our human condition. "The Fall of a Sparrow" is such a book. With compassion and humor, it conveys a sense of certainty and ultimate faith that only the finest writing can achieve. It is an extraordinary novel.
Fred G. Leebron author of "Six Figures""Blues Lessons" offers words of wisdom and solace about parenthood, love, and the nature of hope. It is the real thing: a big book about big issues, given to us with all the intimacy offered by real characters living real lives.
Jane Hamilton author of "The Book of Ruth" Here's the new Robert Hellenga novel, as richly detailed and absorbing as "The Sixteen Pleasures." You know what you need to do: Boil the tea water, get into bed, tell your dear family to go away for a few days, and begin the journey.
Antonya Nelson author of "Nobody's Girl" Robert Hellenga's great gift to the world of letters is his ability to breathe sensual life into a complex and rewarding cross section of all worlds -- ancient, contemporary, sacred, bodily, silly, sublime.
Kelly Cherry author of "The Society of Friends: Stories" With a light and skillful touch, Hellenga negotiates the large American themes of race, place, and work. This is a lovely, warmhearted novel, a pleasure to read and a pleasure to remember.
"The New York Times Book Review" Hellenga has a gift for nicely pointed satire and rich, almost lavish sense of place.

Notă biografică

Robert Hellenga is the author of "The Sixteen Pleasures" and "The Fall of a Sparrow." He is a professor of English at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.