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Jack of diamonds (edição 2012)

por Bryce Courtenay

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Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. But when he is given a harmonica as a young boy, he discovers a talent for music that will change his life forever. After being taken under the wing of 'Miss Frostbite', the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. After the death of his mother, he travels to Las Vegas and finds work in the clubs there, but is increasingly drawn to gambling. He earns a reputation as a good player, which brings him to the attention of the mafia. Jack wants to join the professional circuit, and to do that he needs serious money behind him. It's this need that sees him travel to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines. He gradually falls in love with Africa - and then with a beautiful Ethiopian woman. They move to London, where they bring up a daughter who becomes a supermodel. In a dramatic twist, the story returns to Africa - and to a fortune in diamonds. Jack of Diamonds is the story of a young, talented man, fighting to achieve his ambitions, and having to use his considerable talents to find his way in a perilous world.… (mais)
Membro:ElizabethCromb
Título:Jack of diamonds
Autores:Bryce Courtenay
Informação:Melbourne, Vic. : Viking, 2012.
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His final book, completed a few months before his death in 2012. Great story spanning depression era Canada through war and post war Las Vegas and Africa then England. Great characters and story-line. Things he did so well. ( )
  ElizabethCromb | Apr 20, 2021 |
I finished listening to the Jack of Diamonds today and was sad to see that I had reached the end of the story. It was the nest book I have listened to for some time. I stress 'listen' as the narrator's accents, Canadian, Italian, American, South African, German and Australian were, in my opinion, perfect.

Was the story line plausible...possibly. Was it a good read...definitely. A five star, favourite book does not come along very often.

Does it have a Mature Adult rating...definitely. Language which fits the setting. So you have been warned.

It may not read as well as it sounded as an audio book. I loved it. Just a pity there will not be any more.
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  DCarlin | Jan 23, 2016 |
This was the last book written by Bryce Courtenay prior to his passing. It was supposed to be the first of a series with this main character. Unfortunately he learnt about his prognosis and that he would not survive long enough to write the second installment. As a result there is a summary chapter at the end of this book of what was to follow in the series so that some closure could be had to the story. It's sad to know that there will not be any more books to add to the Bryce Courtenay collection, and I have enjoyed receiving his books for Christmas every year for as long as I can remember. ( )
  amme_mr | May 4, 2015 |
Set across three continents,Jack of Diamonds is a spellbinding story of chance, music, corruption and love. During the Great Depression there was little hope for a boy born into the slums of Cabbagetown, Toronto. But Jack Spayd is offered a ticket out in the form of a Hohner harmonica, won by his brutal drunken father in a late-night card game. Jack makes music as a way of escaping his surroundings, and his talent leads him to a jazz club and, eventually, to the jazz piano. Jack is a virtuoso and hits the road, enchanting audiences in Canada, wartime Europe and Las Vegas, where he is caught up in the world of elite poker and falls under the spell of his boss, the enigmatic Bridgett Fuller. Vegas is a hard town ruled by the Mafia, but Jack prospers, until his luck turns bad and he falls foul of the Mob. Forced to run for his life from Vegas, he must also leave the woman he adores. His adventuring takes him to the far reaches of Africa, to a rare and valuable bird that may seal his fate – and to the love of a very different woman. Bryce Courtenay writes in a moving Epilogue that Jack of Diamonds will be his last novel. If poker was an addiction then music was an overwhelming obsession; one could never replace the other in my life.

### About the Author

Bryce Courtenay is the bestselling author of The Power of One, Tandia, April Fool's Day, The Potato Factory, Tommo & Hawk, Solomon's Song, Jessica, A Recipe for Dreaming, The Family Frying Pan, The Night Country, Smoky Joe's Cafe, Four Fires, Matthew Flinders' Cat, Brother Fish, Whitethorn, Sylvia, The Persimmon Tree, Fishing for Stars, The Story of Danny Dunn and Fortune Cookie. The Power of One is also available in an edition for younger readers, and Jessica has been made into an award-winning television miniseries. Bryce Courtenay lives in Canberra. Visit Bryce on Facebook: facebook.com/BryceCourtenay ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
good but a bit repetatitive , simple as compared to his first book writings - almost too simple I thought , Jack is too good to be true , and its a very long book to read! As i t was his last book I suppose you cant complain! ( )
  Suzannie1 | Jan 8, 2013 |
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Harry Spayd was a drunk. He was also my father, but the only thing he contributed to my childhood was a sense of unremitting terror.
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Born and raised in a poor, working-class family in Toronto, Jack Spayd is the son of an unhappy marriage. But when he is given a harmonica as a young boy, he discovers a talent for music that will change his life forever. After being taken under the wing of 'Miss Frostbite', the owner of a local jazz club, Jack becomes a gifted musician, playing piano and harmonica. After the death of his mother, he travels to Las Vegas and finds work in the clubs there, but is increasingly drawn to gambling. He earns a reputation as a good player, which brings him to the attention of the mafia. Jack wants to join the professional circuit, and to do that he needs serious money behind him. It's this need that sees him travel to the Belgian Congo, where he's heard it's possible to earn big money working in the most dangerous parts of the local copper mines. He gradually falls in love with Africa - and then with a beautiful Ethiopian woman. They move to London, where they bring up a daughter who becomes a supermodel. In a dramatic twist, the story returns to Africa - and to a fortune in diamonds. Jack of Diamonds is the story of a young, talented man, fighting to achieve his ambitions, and having to use his considerable talents to find his way in a perilous world.

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