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The Spanish Bow by Andromeda Romano-Lax
The Spanish Bow tells the story of a Spanish cellist named Feliu Delargo (loosely based on Pablo Casals). As a boy in Catalonia at the beginning of the 20th century, Feliu falls in love with music and playing the cello. His education continues in Barcelona and he eventually ends up playing for the royal court in Madrid. He partners with pianist Justo Al-Cerraz and violinist named Aviva, whom they both love, and they make their fame touring Europe. As the Spanish Civil War unfolds and World War II beckons, politics may trump music in importance in Feliu's life. Andromeda Romano-Lax's debut novel has received mostly positive reviews with the London Times saying, "The Spanish Bow is lively and well written. But its best parts are those that perhaps the author views as less ambitious - its exploration of the essentials of human behaviour and relationships, regardless of the political climate."