Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Source: Book Club (Library book)
Publisher: Serpent’s Tail
Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction,
Publication Date: 2nd February 2012
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“Chip told us not to go out. Said, don’t you boys tempt the devil. But it been one brawl of a night, I tell you.
The aftermath of the fall of Paris, 1940. Hieronymous Falk, a rising star on the cabaret scene, was arrested in a cafe and never heard from again. He was twenty years old. He was a German citizen. And he was black.
Fifty years later, Sid, Hiero’s bandmate and the only witness that day, is going back to Berlin. Persuaded by his old friend Chip, Sid discovers there’s more to the journey than he thought when Chip shares a mysterious letter, bringing to the surface secrets buried since Hiero’s fate was settled.
In Half Blood Blues, Esi Edugyan weaves the horror of betrayal, the burden of loyalty and the possibility that, if you don’t tell your story, someone else might tell it for you. And they just might tell it wrong.”
My Thoughts & Review
Half Blood Blue was our February read for book club, and it was possible the least of my favourites since joining the group in July 2018.
I found it a big struggle to get through and the only reason I read on was so I could join in with the discussion of the book at the meet up.
This was such a slow read. Don’t get me wrong it had an interesting historical background to it and but the plot was just way too slow. Everything I was reading just seemed to go snail speed. I also found the book to be very predictable.
Another thing I struggled with this book was the speech the characters used it wasn’t proper English, and it made it difficult to read especially when one character speaks proper English and another doesn’t. I did eventually get used to it but I think this slowed me down even more.
When it come to the characters in this book I have mixed feelings. The had all the potential to be interesting but they just ended up being dull and unbelievable. Therefore, I didn’t feel for them much.
All in all, a disappointing read in fact now that I’m writing this review I think I should have just DFN’ed it and read something else.
Would I recommend this book?
This is not a book that I would personally recommend.
Some thoughts from other book club members:
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make the book club discussion so I couldn’t share what the others thought of the book.
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