Monday, 27 February 2017

Review Cabaran Pertama The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto oleh Ashley Khoo

Author : Mitch Albom
Publisher : Sphere
Pages : 500

The first challenge for the “32 Books Challenge” was to read your best friend’s favourite book. The book recommended by my best friend, Jeremy, was ‘The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto’. He had recommended me this book as he knew that I was a staunch lover of Mitch Albom’s works.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto tells an epic story of Frankie Presto, one of the world’s greatest guitar players and how he changed six lives with his six magical strings. Frankie, born in a church amidst the Spanish civil war, was left to drown as an infant. Miraculously, he survived and was raised by a blind music teacher until once again, war tore his life apart.

To save his life, his music teacher sent him away to America with an old guitar and six magical strings. His musical journey takes him around the world to perform and Frankie’s presence impacts many other artists including the likes of Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett and the Beatles. Frankie discovers his strings have the ability to alter people’s lives at life or death moments.

Albom never fails to deliver again with his remarkable new book told in the voice of Music. Music is witty, funny and at times preachy. Narrated by Music’s engaging tone, it added extra depth to this already beautiful novel. I really enjoyed journeying with Frankie through his happy moments and sad times. I found myself smiling when things went well for Frankie and cried when the depths of despair consumed him.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is a great read for everyone regardless of whether you are a musician or not. If you are a musician, you will highly appreciate the musicality of this book. And if you are not, maybe, just maybe, this book will lead to you start your own love story with Music and appreciate Music even more.

Heartrending and emotionally touching, Albom throws in a perfect mixture of magic and music in this exceptional book. For a 500-page book, the story never gets too draggy and moves at an allegro – quick – pace, drawing readers in and tugging at their heartstrings. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto carries the message that “everyone joins a band in this life” and that what we do always affects someone. Ultimately, Music is the connection of human souls, and much like love, it has the power to affect us all.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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