American Lit

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom 

“All humans are musical. Why else would the Lord give you a beating heart?”

I have always been a fan of Albom’s books,  ever since reading The Five People You Meet In Heaven.

Here, the story tells of a talented guitarist in the mid 20th century who is sent to America with six guitar strings and ends up seeing the rise and fall of his fame amongst the American musical landscape.

The story itself is narrated by Music and while there is lots of musical terminology which might fell those amongst us who are not musically gifted (myself included), the story is more about how music can inspire the many, not just the few.

All of the characters were interestingly portrayed and vibrant. It was interesting to follow the journey of the main protagonist Frankie Presto right through to the end.

My only criticism is that the way in which some of the characters were killed off / introduced seemed a little bit too convenient at times. This didn’t devolve my love of the story however, and neither did the somewhat strange narrative perspective. This was also indispersed with the perspective of people who had known Frankie within the confines of the story. The way different narrative voices were used was done really well, and for great effect within the story.

Perhaps if you are musically inclined this book will appeal to you but as I said it can appeal to pretty much anybody. I think this book will certainly find a place on my Top 10 books list very soon.

MY RATING: ***** / *****


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