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Books : The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Mitch Albom is a magician when it comes to story-telling. The stories are haunting, memorable, digs deep into the recesses of your heart, and makes you feel like you have a very personal relationship with the characters, especially the protagonists or narrators of the story. In this instance, it's the latter.

Magic Strings is written in the voice of a non-person - musical talent - and various other personalities who have encountered the protagonists. It details the life of a man who had an inborn talent for guitar-playing, something that Albom has a passion for too, as detailed in the book and his biography.
“Talent is a piece of God’s shadow, and under that shadow, human stories intersect.”
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto - Mitch Albom
And through the voice of talent, he tells the tale of a lowly orphan boy born with nothing to his name and family registry. He had nothing but talent and the desire to play music, especially the guitar.

Through the most savage of situations and into the most extreme of impoverished states, Frankie somehow managed to find himself not just transported to the Land of the Free, but also found himself intense fame....something he did not ask for.

As with many other of Albom's books, humanized stories are being laid bare in each of the pages...Frankie's life-long yearning for one woman, being miraculously found floating on a waves of a stirring river by a hairless dog and its owner, being raised by a mysterious and drunk musician, being propelled onto the stages of the world...and then the decline of his life as he tried to find meaning behind the incessant obsession of fans.

Talent, who is telling the story of Frankie's life, also admits that it can become a burden in life. Hence, sometimes it drives people into corners that they did not think they would actually willingly walk into.
Man searches for courage in drink, but it is not courage that he finds, it is fear that he loses. A drunken man may step off a cliff. That does not make him brave, just forgetful.
The reviewers are not wrong to say that it had a Forrest Gump feel to it. What I did not expect was the magical spin of it. This is not something I expected from this author but still, it was refreshing and lyrical. It's a tale of love, of life and of both fortune and misfortune.

And like all the other books that I have read from Mitch Albom, it is a keeper.

It was a journey I took deep into the wee hours of the morning to complete, Frankie Presto.

Have a splendid weekend, peeps,

p.s. I bought the book from Bookexcess at half price. LOL


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