Half-Blood Blues

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Categories: Fiction » Historical Fiction
Gail says:
The book opens with Sidney Griffiths witnessing the arrest of his friend by the Nazis in 1939. Hiero was German, but not a citizen since the Nazis had proclaimed Germans of African ancestry
...to be stateless. The Goodreads description makes it sound like there is some secret element of Hiero's arrest itself, but actually the "redemption" that Sidney is in need of is due to events from a few days earlier, which left Sidney vulnerable to discovery and arrest. The history in this book is great - the culture of Wiemar Germany, how Germany ended up with mixed race citizens, the chaos in the fall of Paris. All this scenery was actually a bit more interesting than the relationships to me, but Sydney's inner turmoil is well crafted. There is lots of great music as well, even before Louis Armstrong has a cameo. Still, the narrative dragged at times. I enjoyed it and would recommend it, but it isn't going to be a book that I reread.MoreLess
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