By James Markert
"A compelling and thought-provoking novel that may movement and encourage readers of all kinds." -John Burnham Schwartz, writer of Reservation Road</em>
When the physique fails, you've acquired offerings.
ship a physician in, or ship a prayer up.
And if neither works?
You'll locate Dr. Wolfgang Pike at his piano.
Music has regularly been Wolfgang's safe haven. It's betraying him now, as he struggles to compose a requiem for his past due spouse, yet definitely the proper finishing will come to him. definitely it'll come extra quick than a therapy for his sufferers up at Waverly Hills, the tuberculosis health facility, the place approximately a physique an hour leaves in a coffin. Wolfgang can't appear to keep an individual nowadays, least of all himself.
Sometimes we simply want to know we're no longer the single ones within the struggle. A former live performance pianist tests in, triggering anything deep within Wolfgang, and spreading from sufferer to sufferer. quickly Wolfgang reveals himself within the heart of an orchestra that won't surrender, with song that won't cease. <em>A White Wind Blew provides a sweeping crescendo of desire in a time of melancholy, elevating compelling questions on religion and confession, tune and medicine,and the timeless strength of love.
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Qxp 8/1/08 9:32 AM Page 29 2 9 ond draft, a fiddler and a piper entered for their merriment and their money and, the piper having played less well than himself, raised Jacob’s spirits enough for him to join in the singing. When two women came in, the men called out their names with liquored glee. The bawds flounced a bit before choosing a lap to sit in. Jacob demurred when approached. He’d had enough, years ago, of brothels and the disorderly houses kept by wives of sailors at sea. The boyish recklessness that flooded him at Jublio did not extend to the sweet debauchery he had sought as a youth.
Not as ornate as D’Ortega’s. None of that pagan excess, of course, but fair. And pure, noble even, because it would not be compromised as Jublio was. Access to a fleet of free labor made D’Ortega’s leisurely life possible. qxp 8/1/08 a 9:32 AM Page 28 m e r c y rather than a four-post bed. Jacob sneered at wealth dependent on a captured workforce that required more force to maintain. Thin as they were, the dregs of his kind of Protestantism recoiled at whips, chains and armed overseers. He was determined to prove that his own industry could amass the fortune, the station, D’Ortega claimed without trading his conscience for coin.
Jacob winced. Flesh was not his commodity. Still, at his host’s insistence, he trailed him to the little sheds where D’Ortega interrupted their half day’s rest and ordered some two dozen or more to assemble in a straight line, including the boy who had watered Regina. The two men walked the row, inspecting. D’Ortega identifying talents, weaknesses and possibilities, but silent about the scars, the wounds like misplaced veins tracing their skin. One even had the facial brand required by local law when a slave assaulted a white man a second time.
A White Wind Blew: A Novel by James Markert