The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel

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Albom has a true gift for storytelling, weaving even the driest of tales into magical, fable-like stories. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, narrated by Music, spins the biographical tale of a Spanish singer and guitarist into an illuminating story about life, death, and how to make the most of the gifts we are given on Earth. Frankie, born in the middle of a Spanish war, endures struggle after struggle in his childhood and learns to channel his pain into his music. His saga, full of love and heartbreak and joy, tightly interwoven with the interests of Music, shows how even the brightest of talents depend upon a little magic.

Though not quite as compelling as his previous works, Albom’s latest story does not disappoint in its touching and delightful plotline. Music makes an insightful narrator, and though his voice is not always entirely original or convincing, his telling of Frankie’s story allows for an interesting perspective. The story itself requires a bit of suspended disbelief, but in a tale centered around magical guitar strings, I suppose that is a fair enough demand. It’s no Tuesdays With Morrie, but Albom’s latest is a perfect read for the holidays.


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Author Mitch Albom
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 512 pages
Publisher Harper
Publish Date 2015-Nov-10
ISBN 9780062294418
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Issue December 2015
Category Modern Literature
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