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Several Dismal Reality Checksa report on Accordion CrimesAuthor E Annie Proulx Accordion Crimes is a difficult book to place in a singletime period because the story takes place over about 100 years originating in a small Sicilian villagebut the main setting and focus is the United States The various settings introduced in the book influencedthe characters in various ways but one instance of influence was great enough to cause his deathThe accordion maker was literally ruled over by his setting The setting around him wasone of oppression that worked against him because he was Sicilian The accordion maker saw the approaching men with searing clarity the loose thread on a coatmud-spattered trouser legs a logging chain in a big hand the red shine of the engorgedfaces a man with one blue eye and one yellow eye Even then he hoped to be saved He was innocent Pinse held his revolver loosely in his hand had losthis staff in the rush up the stairs so crowded it had been looked at the Sicilians knotted in the cornertheir wicked eyes glittering some of them pleading and praying - the cowards He thoughtof the rat king fired Others fired A barrage of bullets and shot of every caliber and weighttore the Sicilians The accordion maker reared twice and fell back A character that has a great deal of intrigue is the accordion maker Themost interesting fact of this character is that he has no name only an occupation This issymbolic of all the millions of faceless immigrants that came to America in search of their dreamsbut very few found them waiting much less at all He had his theory hisidea of the fine instrument with the proof of this one he planned to make his fortune inLa Merica The accordion maker himself was a large man but more sensitive that most likehim He despised working through problems and simply let his wife handle them whenshe could Once
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