, March 01, 2014
Here is one reader's review: By J. Allan Wolf - An Engaging Story in the Romantic Tradition January 15, 2014
Strum is a tale told in romantic style, spanning multiple generations over an approximately 120 year period extending from the 1880's to 2000. It tells the story of people linked in a variety of ways, both formally and metaphorically, the latter through three beautifully crafted and somewhat magical guitars.
At the story's heart are two individuals, Bernard and Lorraine, the people around them, and some who came before as well as after. The story unfolds in nonlinear fashion, jumping between time periods and focus, a time-spanning and geographically widespread saga that, somewhere around two thirds of the way into the novel, begins to reveal how many seemingly disparate elements tie together.
To disclose more would be to give away too much, so let me simply conclude by emphasizing the romantic tone of the story both in terms of its overall concept and its style. It makes for an enjoyable read, and I would recommend it to anyone seeking escape from the mundane into a multilayered tale of love with all of its intense resonances.
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