The Master Butchers Singing Club

The Master Butchers Singing Club

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2003
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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 and settles in Argus, North Dakota. Over the years he works hard, building a business, a family, and a singing club consisting of the best voices in town. When Delphine Watzka, a daughter of Argus, meets Fidelis, the ground trembles. This momentous encounter changes the course of their lives, and determines the trajectory of this brilliant new book by one of America's most acclaimed novelists.
Publisher: [North Kingstown, R.I.] : BBC Audiobooks America, 2003
ISBN: 9780792743828

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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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