Half-Blood Blues

Paperback | November 12, 2013

byEsi Edugyan

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The brilliant, bestselling, Giller Prize–winning novel

Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues took the literary world by storm when it was first published, captivating readers and reviewers with its audacity, power, and sheer brilliance. The novel won or was nominated for every literary prize in Canada—and many international ones, too, including the prestigious Man Booker Prize. It was hailed as one of the best books of the year by Oprah, The Globe and Mail, Amazon, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Vancouver Sun, and it was named a New York Times Editor’s Choice.

From the smoky bars of pre-war Berlin to the salons of Paris, the narrator of Half-Blood Blues, musician Sid Griffiths, leads the reader through a fascinating, little-known world and into the heart of his own guilty conscience. The bestselling, award-winning Half-Blood Blues is an entrancing, electric story about jazz, race, love and loyalty, and the sacrifices we ask of ourselves—and demand of others—in the name of art.

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The brilliant, bestselling, Giller Prize–winning novelEsi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues took the literary world by storm when it was first published, captivating readers and reviewers with its audacity, power, and sheer brilliance. The novel won or was nominated for every literary prize in Canada—and many international ones, too, includin...

ESI EDUGYAN's most recent novel,Half-Blood Blues, won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction, the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Edugyan has held fellowships in the U.S., Scotland, Iceland, Germany, Hung...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:November 12, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443433470

ISBN - 13:9781443433471

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive The writing is particularly impressive. She does a great job of bringing the characters to life. It is also very well researched. It is also a very interesting topic, Jazz musicians in Nazi Germany, not something you hear about everyday. I liked it. I will admit it took me some time to get used to the way the characters spoke to each other and the vocabulary. All in all a good read.
Date published: 2016-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 1-2 blood blues This was a book club read and our group was split on their thoughts. I loved it and was glad to read a book with a fresh perspective on the happenings of WWII
Date published: 2014-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reading the Blues This book reads like Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong and JAZZ! The accents the time period and the history are incredibly told in this story that will haunt you even once you have closed the book. I loved every minute of it as I love every minute of Jazz. A pleasure to read such an unpredictable work of art. This book was recommended to me with raves by a friend and I was pleased to have been so richly rewarded and giving it a chance. I have since passed it on to another friend and he too has greatly enjoyed the story. Take you time and read it, you will be rewarded.
Date published: 2014-07-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A disappointing read. Please spare yourself and do not read this book. The synopsis sounds incredible and interesting, I know. But the story is poorly written and the storyline does not flow well with many holes left over. I was very disappointed with this book and couldn't believe it has won awards. Also, the "accents" are poorly executed and make it difficult to read.
Date published: 2014-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Half-Blood Blues This book gave me a different perspective on The Second World War than I have ever had. I've not thought about the lives of the artists of the time and how war could affect a disparate group of individuals come together for the love of jazz. The language used by the author is the driving force behind the flow of the story.
Date published: 2014-01-25

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Praise for Half-Blood Blues:"A truly beautiful novel." - Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes"Much of the power of this unforgettable novel comes from the way its racial themes echo. It is very difficult to perceive and articulate the twisted skein of emotion that is black experience-and yet that is just what Edugyan manages to do with this brilliantly conceived, gorgeously executed novel. It's a work that promises to lead black literature in a whole new direction." - The Globe and Mail"Nimble storytelling. [Edugyan] tempers the plot's 'Casablanca'-style melodrama-did a wartime love triangle lead to Falk's betrayal?-with healthy doses of quotidian banter, admirably capturing the bickering camaraderie of the young musicians." - The New York Times"Esi Edugyan's excellent Half-Blood Blues sets its sights on the jazz musicians who flourished in Berlin during the cabaret heyday of the Weimar Republic in the 1920s and found themselves endangered after Hitler's rise and Goebbels's proscription of what he called 'Jewish-Hottentot frivolity.' . . . [A] tense, well-wrought novel." - The Wall Street Journal