This is my favorite Annie Proulx book. She follows an accordian as it is passed down, sold, stolen, etc. through the span of a century and across a continent. There is something magical about following one item as it passes through the hands of different characters - it's such an interesting way to approach a story. Now, whenever I buy something at the antique store or at a garage sale, I can't help but wonder where has it been before and what story does this object have to tell.
Powerful novel set over time and cultures surrounding one little accordian.
While this novel has a very interesting premise (following an accordian through the centuries with its various adventures and its diverse owners), I found the foul language and raw sexual situations ruined it for me. A more worldly person might enjoy this book more than I did!
Annie Proulx is a master, no doubt about it. The Shipping News was tremendous, and this one, Accordion Crimes, is just as good. She follows the trail of a small green accordion from its creation to its demise, and all the hands and lives it passes through along the way. We learn about the importance of the accordion to many different cultures, and get a real appreciation of its power and unique spirit as an instrument. The book isn't about the accordion, though-- it's about the people who build it, own it, play it, and lose it. Every story is riveting. Most are stories of immigrants or their descendants, since it seems that just about everyone except white-bread America values the accordion. You'll love this book.
From the same author as The Shipping News.. great read