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Monika's Blues

Monika Monika Monika
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by: Herbert Quelle
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Publication Date: December 1, 2016
Book Size: 5" x 8"
Pages: 206
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White
ISBN: 9781880788271

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Book Synopsis
Walter, a 70-year old German-American retired teacher, travels from his hometown in Chicago to the Mississippi Delta. On the way he befriends an African-American family who share his interest in the importance of the harmonica in Blues music. Walter's conversations with them and his frequent inner-monologues communicate facts and figures about the history of the instrument, the Blues and exemplary Blues harmonica players. These are interwoven with historical events relevant for the freedom struggle of African Americans.

Herbert Quelle retired in 2019 from a distinguished career of 39 years in the German foreign service. He last served as the Consul General of Germany in Chicago. Previous foreign assignments had taken him to Los Angeles, Pretoria, Havana, Warsaw, London, Baku and Boston. Mr. Quelle is a writer and musician, who now lives in Berlin, Germany."
Customer Comments
Frederick Hoffman
Posted: February 12, 2017
Customer comment 5 star rating
Herbert Quelle's passion for both the German-made harmonica ("Monika") and the African-American blues comes through clearly in this wonderfully researched book. He tells the story through characters in a road trip from Chicago to the Mississippi Delta, and in the process, educates readers on these fascinating topics. Well with a read!
About The Author
Herbert Quelle is a career diplomat who currently serves as the Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chicago. He joined the German Foreign Service in 1980 and has had assignments abroad in Los Angeles, Pretoria, Havana, Warsaw, London, Baku and Boston before moving to Chicago in 2014.
Mr. Quelle is an amateur musician, composer and writer.
He is married and has two children.
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