The Master Butchers Singing Club

The Master Butchers Singing Club

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006
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What happens when a trained killer discovers, in the aftermath of war, that his true vocation is love? Having survived the killing fields of World War I, Fidelis Waldvogel returns home to his quiet German village and marries the pregnant widow of his best friend, killed in action. With a suitcase full of sausages and a master butcher's precious set of knives, Fidelis sets out for America, getting as far as Argus, North Dakota, where he settles, building a business and a home for his family, which now includes Eva and four sons, and a singing club consisting of the best voices in town. What happens when the Old World meets the New, in the person of Delphine Watzka, becomes one of the great adventures of Fidelis's life. Delphine meets Eva and is enchanted. She meets Fidelis, and the ground trembles. These momentous encounters will determine the course of Delphine's life, and the trajectory of this brilliant new novel in which Louise Erdrich creates a world filled with memorable characters who grapple with the worst and best of human nature.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2006
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780792743828
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (16hr., 49 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Dec 03, 2015

Cyprian is not a lesbian. He is Delphine's partner in the first half of the story, and we learn that he is actually a complicated character who is attracted to men and not women. So he is gay....definitely not a "lesbian" as the review says.
It is a very good book though, and the author's tone makes it so relaxing to listen to, at the same time putting inflection in all the right places and doing all of the "voices" flawlessly. Very intriguing story that just kept getting more and more interesting. Overall I highly recommend!

PimaLib_JB Oct 28, 2014

There's something haunting about Erdrich's voice -- matter-of-factly describing tragedy and comedy alike in this story, that revisits characters from her previous novels from the German-American side of the family.

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