Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Accordion Crimes

Accordion Crimes
by E. Annie Proulx
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of
The Shipping News
and New York Times Bestseller

For every persons dreams, struggles and difficulties...

Accordion Crimes follows the travels of an accordion over a century concentrating on the surrounding events of people's dreams, struggles and difficulties. About torn families and lost homes; roads many people encounter in a lifetime. And at one point, it becomes involved in a most scrupulous drug scandal.

This book begins at a time when people of different countries were looking for their freedom; on a journey to a land they desperately believed would give them hope. Author E. Annie Proulx, captures the unsympathetic shouts of racism in a country where a people must survive and during a time in the late eighteenth century when illnesses were inescapable and detriment.

Her ability to sketch words of a people who are rough on the edges but inside have the souls of an unworn book - displays such power of orthodoxy in her scriptures that you are forced to realize: Though we are all of a different people - we are still all God's people.

I am truly amazed by the boldness of E. Annie Proulx's writing style and precise use of different languages and attitudes... a literary journey that moves with the essence of those living and lost. I greatly admired her courage to explore the realms of such an epoch in time. She has this uncanny ability to create believable, individual characters of different races and cultures and, as well, draws out such poignant scenes of turmoil and separation.

Through different chapters, E. Annie Proulx reintroduces you to the accordion, and at one point it becomes involved in a most scrupulous drug scandal. And from that scandal, the rewards of many a thousand become hidden, and soon lost, as the accordion once again must fold its secrets and pass through; yet, another moment of discord.

Accordion Crimes is about ignorance, destruction and ploy. However, it is also about strength, survival and acceptance.

Racism was very much a part of what immigrants had to adjust to and they had to give up a part of themselves to pass by. But as we follow a little green accordion that encounters much corruption in its own path, we discover how it is able to save lives and bring much fortune.

So, like the accordion in E. Annie Proulx's book, we not only follow its path, but we follow the path of many people; genuinely fighting for a distinct place in society, and in a community where they must learn to save their own lives, and make their own fortune.

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