By Annie Proulx
The 3rd novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of 'The transport News', 'Accordion Crimes' spans generations, continents and a century and confirms the hallucinatory energy of Proulx's writing. 'Accordion Crimes' is a masterpiece of story-telling that spans a century and a continent. It opens in 1890 in Sicily, whilst an accordion-maker and his son, wearing little greater than his most interesting button accordion, commence their voyage to the teeming, violent port of latest Orleans. inside of a 12 months, the accordion-maker is murdered by means of an anti-Italian lynch mob, yet his device includes the radical into one other group of immigrants: German-Americans founding a brand new city in South Dakota. relocating from South Dakota to Texas, from Montana to Maine, the 9 immediately compelling and intricately attached sections of the unconventional light up the lives of the founders of a state, descendants of Mexicans, Poles, Germans, Irish, Scots and Franco-Canadians. throughout the song of the accordion they convey their fantasies, sorrows and enthusiasm.
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Thou aged unreluctant earth who dost with quivering continual thighs invite the thrilling rain the slender paramour to toy with thy extraordinary lust, (the sinuous rain which rising from thy bed steals to his wife the sky and hour by hour wholly renews her palefleshwith delight) —immortally whence are the high gods fled? Speak elm eloquent pandar with thy nod significant to the ecstatic earth in token of his coming whom her soul burns to embrace—and didst thou know the god from but the imprint of whose cloven feet the shrieking dryad sought her leafy goal, at the mere echo of whose shining mirth the furious hearts of mountains ceased to beat?
Spring,that omits no mention of desire in every curved and curling thing,yet holds continuous intercourse—through skies and trees the lilac's smoke the poppy's pompous fire the pansy's purple patience and the grave frailty of daises—by what rare unease revealed of teasingly transparent folds— with man's poor soul superlatively brave. Surely from robes of particoloured peace with mouth flower-faint and undiscovered eyes and dim slow perfect body amorous (whiter than lilies which are born and cease for being whiter than this world)exhales the hovering high perfume curious of that one month for whom the whole year dies, risen at length from palpitating veils.
Speak elm eloquent pandar with thy nod significant to the ecstatic earth in token of his coming whom her soul burns to embrace—and didst thou know the god from but the imprint of whose cloven feet the shrieking dryad sought her leafy goal, at the mere echo of whose shining mirth the furious hearts of mountains ceased to beat? Wind beautifully who wanderest over smooth pages of forgotten joy proving the peaceful theorems of the flowers —didst e'er depart upon more exquisite quest? and did thy fortunate fingers sometime dwell (within a greener shadow of secret bowers) among the curves of that delicious boy whose serious grace one goddess loved too well?
Accordion Crimes by Annie Proulx