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Simon the Fiddler: A Novel (edição 2020)

por Paulette Jiles (Autor)

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The critically acclaimed, bestselling author of News of the World and Enemy Women returns to Texas in this atmospheric story, set at the end of the Civil War, about an itinerant fiddle player, a ragtag band of musicians with whom he travels trying to make a living, and the charming young Irish lass who steals his heart. In March 1865, the long and bitter War between the States is winding down. Till now, twenty-three-year-old Simon Boudlin has evaded military duty thanks to his slight stature, youthful appearance, and utter lack of compunction about bending the truth. But following a barroom brawl in Victoria, Texas, Simon finds himself conscripted, however belatedly, into the Confederate Army. Luckily his talent with a fiddle gets him a comparatively easy position in a regimental band. Weeks later, on the eve of the Confederate surrender, Simon and his bandmates are called to play for officers and their families from both sides of the conflict. There the quick-thinking, audacious fiddler can't help but notice the lovely Doris Mary Dillon, an indentured girl from Ireland, who is governess to a Union colonel's daughter. After the surrender, Simon and Doris go their separate ways. He will travel around Texas seeking fame and fortune as a musician. She must accompany the colonel's family to finish her three years of service. But Simon cannot forget the fair Irish maiden, and vows that someday he will find her again. Incandescent in its beauty, told in Paulette Jiles's trademark spare yet lilting style, Simon the Fiddler is a captivating, bittersweet tale of the chances a devoted man will take, and the lengths he will go to fulfill his heart's yearning.… (mais)
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Título:Simon the Fiddler: A Novel
Autores:Paulette Jiles (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow (2020), 352 pages
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Simon the Fiddler por Paulette Jiles

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A fun, although sometimes scary, tale set in Texas immediately after the civil war. The trials of the main characters are made more difficult by the chaos of the times. The culture, history, and landscape are vividly presented as the backdrop for a musical band of intriguing characters and a love story. ( )
  snash | Feb 14, 2021 |
Simon the Fidler is an historical novel set in the chaotic world of Texas just after the Civil War. It is most interesting in the view it provides of this era. As a novel, it is weaker, mostly dealing with the life of Simon and his love for an Irish immigrant girl. ( )
  M_Clark | Jan 8, 2021 |
The volume of music discussed in this book reminded me of Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. Two books that should have sound track accompaniment. ( )
  jalfredb | Dec 29, 2020 |
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I am a big fan of the author’s previous novel, News of the World, but this one was hard to get through. Simon was not a likable character and I found myself with no real interest in whether he got the girl or not. There were some interesting moments but I just didn’t connect with the story as a whole. ( )
  cwhisenant11 | Nov 23, 2020 |
I read this book because I enjoyed "The News of the World" by Jiles that was nominated for the National Book Award. This was a pleasant read but not on the same level as her previous book. The story is about Simon, a fiddler who was a minor character in the News.... of the World. In this book the civil war has just ended but it has taken awhile for the world to get out to Galveston Texas. It is there that Simon who was a fiddler in a Confederacy band ends up playing music with other people just trying to get by. Jiles does a good job of creating the atmosphere in post war Texas. You sense the anarchy and lawlessness. In his musical travels Simon meets and is smitten with Doris an Irish immigrant who is an indentured servant to a Union officer, Colonel Webb, a drunk and a lech. The story is sort of a cliche with good guys(Simon), bad guys(Webb) and the damsel in distress(Doris). It was an okay book, but I would strongly recommend "The news of the world" before this book. Again, an okay book but not on the same level as her National Book award nominee. ( )
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The critically acclaimed, bestselling author of News of the World and Enemy Women returns to Texas in this atmospheric story, set at the end of the Civil War, about an itinerant fiddle player, a ragtag band of musicians with whom he travels trying to make a living, and the charming young Irish lass who steals his heart. In March 1865, the long and bitter War between the States is winding down. Till now, twenty-three-year-old Simon Boudlin has evaded military duty thanks to his slight stature, youthful appearance, and utter lack of compunction about bending the truth. But following a barroom brawl in Victoria, Texas, Simon finds himself conscripted, however belatedly, into the Confederate Army. Luckily his talent with a fiddle gets him a comparatively easy position in a regimental band. Weeks later, on the eve of the Confederate surrender, Simon and his bandmates are called to play for officers and their families from both sides of the conflict. There the quick-thinking, audacious fiddler can't help but notice the lovely Doris Mary Dillon, an indentured girl from Ireland, who is governess to a Union colonel's daughter. After the surrender, Simon and Doris go their separate ways. He will travel around Texas seeking fame and fortune as a musician. She must accompany the colonel's family to finish her three years of service. But Simon cannot forget the fair Irish maiden, and vows that someday he will find her again. Incandescent in its beauty, told in Paulette Jiles's trademark spare yet lilting style, Simon the Fiddler is a captivating, bittersweet tale of the chances a devoted man will take, and the lengths he will go to fulfill his heart's yearning.

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