Accordion Crimes

Accordion Crimes

Paperback - 1997
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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx brings the immigrant experience to life in this stunning novel that traces the ownership of a simple green accordion.

E. Annie Proulx's Accordion Crimes is a masterpiece of storytelling that spans a century and a continent. Proulx brings the immigrant experience in America to life through the eyes of the descendants of Mexicans, Poles, Africans, Irish-Scots, Franco-Canadians and many others, all linked by their successive ownership of a simple green accordion. The music they make is their last link with the past--voice for their fantasies, sorrows and exuberance. Proulx's prodigious knowledge, unforgettable characters and radiant language make Accordion Crimes a stunning novel, exhilarating in its scope and originality.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1997, c1996.
Edition: First Scribner Paperback fiction edition
ISBN: 9780684831541
Characteristics: 431 pages ;,21 cm.


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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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