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Twelve Bar Blues - Patrick Neate

Viking, 2001, Paperback ..
Condition: Very Good. Pages slightly tanned otherwise a very well presented copy.

Roaming through the black slums and early jazz joints of the Louisiana bayou to Africa, London, New York, Chicago and New Orleans at the end of the 20th century, his vista is extraordinary. There's Tongo Kalulu, the chief of the Zimindo, a proud African tribe, who, confused by his wife and enraptured by an attractive female American archaeologist, seeks the advice of Musa, his sex-obsessed witch doctor. There's Sylvia di Napoli, a coffee-coloured retired London prostitute, who has travelled to America in the hope of discovering her real father¹s identity. Also along for the ride is Jim Tulloch, a scruffy, big-hearted young Englishman half her age. Gluing these seemingly disparate elements together is the tragic love story of Fortis James Lick Holden, a long forgotten Louisiana jazzman who allegedly taught Louis Dipper Armstrong the meanin' of the word hot and Sylvie Black, his prostitute sister (who wasn't no blood relation). Chock full of jazz, poverty, sex and death, this enjoyable novel jives to a note-perfect if predictable ending, dispensing intelligent critiques of racism and sexism along the way. 416pp. Size: C Format (143 x 222)
ISBN: 0670887919