I recently finished reading the Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. Mitch Albom wrote the Magic String of Frankie Presto. If one has read his previous works, one realizes that it is usually the narrative in someone’s eulogy. Actually the narrator is usually recounting the protagonist’s life. The Magic Strings of Frankie is similar to his previous works. The narrator in this book is Music. Music is here to collect Frankie Presto’s talent to distribute it to the next generation of musicians. Music is giving an account of Frankie Presto’s life.
Frankie Presto’s life started during the era of Francisco Franco in Spain. Francisco Franco was the dictator who ruled Spain for many years. Generalissimo, as the dictator was referred as affected Frankie’s early years. Frankie Presto honed his guitar skills in a troubled time during the 20th century. The magical aspect of Mitch Albom storytelling is littered everywhere in the book. However, it is very easy to digest. A blind man (El Maestro) taught Frankie how to play the guitar. During the time he was learning to play the guitar, Frankie lost the father figure in his life, and he ten lost his guitar teacher. Frankie fled from Spain in 1945 and found himself in the USA. Along the way Frankie met a Myriad of Musicians. These musicians all recount the impact Frankie had in their lives. As much as I want to talk about Frankie, I will not do justice to the 512 pages I read. One has to read the book to understand what I am talking about. The book tells about how he affected the lives of many people with the six strings of his guitar. He is definitely not the reference that Pete Townsend use to describe irresponsible people. He is the musician that model of disciple that Music would like to have. The story of Frankie’s life should be seen like an opera piece or a play.
I enjoyed reading the story, and I recommend everyone to read the story. As an avid reader, this book is enjoyable. It feeds my reawakening passion of reading. Although he is a fictional character, I see a few of my friends in Frankie Presto.