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Joplin's Ghost de Tananarive Due
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Joplin's Ghost (edició 2006)

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As a young girl, Phoenix Smalls almost died when a piano nearly crushed her. Fourteen years later, Phoenix is an R&B singer on the cusp of stardom, anxiously awaiting the release of her debut album, Rising. While working in St. Louis, she happens upon the old piano again, setting off a series of haunting, erotic, encounters with the spirit of Jazz Legend Scott Joplin. Now, the pressures of fame, and a ghost seeking to live forever, threaten to end Phoenix's career--and life--before it can take flight.… (més)
Membre:ksclay
Títol:Joplin's Ghost
Autors:Tananarive Due
Informació:Washington Square Press (2006), Paperback, 496 pages
Col·leccions:Llegit, però no el tinc
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Joplin's Ghost had the potential to be a fun, pulpy read, but it never worked for me—it felt like it needed a good editing session at the hands of a ruthless editor who'd be able to speed up the novel's pacing, deepen the characterisation and smooth out some of the clunkier passages of descriptive prose. The historical elements of the novel make for an interesting read, but they're at odds with the much more wooden scenes set in the present day (numerous references to Outkast and Beyoncé alone do not effectively conjure up the modern American musical scene), and the device linking past and present just... didn't work for me. As things moved towards the denouement, I was less and less able to suspend my disbelief. There may be a way to make an evil, possessed piano (yes, I know) work as the antagonist of a novel, but I don't think Due managed it here. ( )
1 vota siriaeve | Mar 23, 2011 |
What a great book. Historical fiction in nature with a twist of Steven King! Thumbs up! ( )
  Tess_W | Dec 18, 2010 |
Published by Griot Audio, which specializes in contemporary African-American fiction. Well narrated by Lizan Mitchell. Joplins Ghost is part well-researched historical novel (following Scott Joplin's life) and part modern novel (following the character of Phoenix Smalls, an up and coming R&B star).I really admired the research. I liked the way the plots were woven together. The writing was smooth. Some of the characters and their interactions are satisfyingly complex.Most musical styles owe a lot to music that came before, and the best musicians honor their influences and musical ancestry. That's one of the primary themes of this book and I really enjoyed those parts of the book. Another theme is the difficulty of living a musician's / performer's life, and Due does a great job comparing/contrasting Joplin's struggles with those of Phoenix.And oh yeah, it's a ghost story. I didn't really warm up to the ghost story part of the novel; I kept arguing with what was happening. That might be due to my relative inexperience with the ghost story genre. ( )
  firecat | Jun 11, 2010 |
Some foolishness about a homicidal piano. ( )
  picardyrose | Jul 28, 2008 |
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As a young girl, Phoenix Smalls almost died when a piano nearly crushed her. Fourteen years later, Phoenix is an R&B singer on the cusp of stardom, anxiously awaiting the release of her debut album, Rising. While working in St. Louis, she happens upon the old piano again, setting off a series of haunting, erotic, encounters with the spirit of Jazz Legend Scott Joplin. Now, the pressures of fame, and a ghost seeking to live forever, threaten to end Phoenix's career--and life--before it can take flight.

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