Orpheus' Blues

Orpheus Blues We first meet Jack Stewart on his way back to his apartment in New York City where he is pursuing a career as a jazz musician As the novel unfolds we learn of the difficulties he encounters of the

  • Title: Orpheus' Blues
  • Author: Carlos E. Rubio
  • ISBN: 9781621375357
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • We first meet Jack Stewart on his way back to his apartment in New York City, where he is pursuing a career as a jazz musician As the novel unfolds, we learn of the difficulties he encounters, of the friendship he develops with George, his roommate also a jazz musician and the women he meets in the city But importantly, we learn of the very close relationship he hasWe first meet Jack Stewart on his way back to his apartment in New York City, where he is pursuing a career as a jazz musician As the novel unfolds, we learn of the difficulties he encounters, of the friendship he develops with George, his roommate also a jazz musician and the women he meets in the city But importantly, we learn of the very close relationship he has with his mother, who writes to him regularly from Southern Virginia Through these letters and series of flashbacks, we come to understand Jack s background, the stifling environment he left behind, and his father s resentment and disappointment that he did not take up the family business But it is Hans, proprietor of The Empty Hand, philosopher and benefactor of every artist, who holds the novel together It is from him that Jack receives those words of wisdom and encouragement so necessary for every artist At the end of the novel, when Jack believes that he has made sense of it all, everything unravels It is then that he must travel back to Virginia to face his father, his former friends and his unresolved past.

    One thought on “Orpheus' Blues”

    1. After reading forgotten Objects by Carlos Rubio, I was curious about his other works and chose Orpheus’ Blues as my next read. When I began reading this novel, I was not terribly interested in the world of jazz. However, with Rubio’s ability to draw the reader into the story, I found myself wanting to learn more about the subject. Jack, the main character, has challenges with his life and although he seems to attract people that are willing (and eager) to help him, he appears rather cold and [...]

    2. The storyline of this novel is fairly interesting, but I didn't much care for the writing style. There is a sort of bizarre blend of essentialism and magical realism. Rubio spends a lot of time showing off his extensive knowledge of jazz history and musicians, and it feels like name-dropping at some points. But there are also sections with a sort of transcendant magical realism when he describes the power of music and musicians.

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