The Gods of Tango

The Gods of Tango

Book - 2015
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"February 1913. Seventeen-year-old Leda, clutching a suitcase and her father's cherished violin, leaves her small Italian village for a new home (and husband) halfway across the world in Argentina. Upon her arrival in Buenos Aires, Leda is shocked to find that her bridegroom has been killed. Unable to fathom the idea of returning home, she remains in this unfamiliar city, living in a commune, without friends or family, on the brink of destitution. She finally acts on a passion she has kept secret for years: mastering the violin"--Dust jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781101874493
110187449X
9781101874509
1101872853
9781101872857
Branch Call Number: FICTION DeR
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 25 cm

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Cjcarson622
Nov 10, 2017

I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would.

plus, it has a happy ending :)

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brangwinn
Feb 14, 2016

In order to become a violinist in 1910 Buenos Aires Argentina, Leda must remake herself in a male. Surprisingly she is able to do this for her entire life, eventually marrying Rosa when they are forced to flee to Uruguay. The lesbian passion is sure to raise the ire of some readers, but it makes the book believable. How could a young woman suppress her sexual desires when she has to keep her sexual identity hidden around everyone? For those of us who have visited Buenos Aires and in particular, La Boca, it brings life to what we learned about the tango and its beginnings.

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Frybyte
Nov 08, 2015

I so wanted this to be great. I loved the premise, understood where it was going but the writing is inert. A book about music/musicians should sing- the language have a rhythm- perhaps even reflect it's subject and this one doesn't.
I read half way through- it was so much work to do so. Then jumped to the last chapter, and moved backwards until I knew the characters spoken of in that chapter- just to feel like I had the story. Felt/feel bad that i can not recommend this book I want to but can't.

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QnVz
Oct 26, 2015

Absolutely jaw-droppingly spellbinding and beautiful!! I actually found this book walking out of the library and took a chance on it because I had no idea what it was about. I AM SO GLAD I DID!!! Powerful story of community, love, immigrants, life, and the ties that bind!! LOVED it!!!

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hRuth
Oct 11, 2015

This story was different. Love music and tango and couldn't wait to see where it would go. The main characters were great. Nice ending too.

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QnVz
Oct 23, 2015

"...And isn't that strange, she thought, the way one city can swirl inside another; the way you can be in one country yet carry another country inside your skin; the way a place is changed by whoever comes to it, the way silt invades the body of a river..." -Leda, Chapter Tre "The Good People of New Babel"

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