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The Piano Tuner pdf The Piano Tuner, ebook The Piano Tuner, epub The Piano Tuner, doc The Piano Tuner, e-pub The Piano Tuner, The Piano Tuner a3f33769cb2 In A Shy, Middle Aged Piano Tuner Named Edgar Drake Receives An Unusual Commission From The British War Office To Travel To The Remote Jungles Of Northeast Burma And There Repair A Rare Piano Belonging To An Eccentric Army Surgeon Who Has Proven Mysteriously Indispensable To The Imperial Design From This Irresistible Beginning, The Piano Tunerlaunches Its Protagonist Into A World Of Seductive Loveliness And Nightmarish Intrigue And As He Follows Drake S Journey, Mason Dazzles Readers With His Erudition, Moves Them With His Vibrantly Rendered Characters, And Enmeshes Them In The Unbreakable Spell Of His Storytelling

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  1. says:

    I must begin this review with a caveat I cannot write about The Piano Tuner in an unbiased fashion, because I love it than words can describe I have read it at least 3 times, and each time I am completely drawn in to the world of Edgar Drake, and 19th century colonial Burma If I were forced to choose a favorite book, this would be one of the contenders No novel before or since has spoken to me quite as much as this one has.The Piano Tuner is the the story of Edgar Drake, a London piano tuner who specializes in Erard grand pianos He knows and loves pianos as intimately as if they were alive This unassuming, quiet, and unadventurous man receives a commission from the British government to travel to colonial Burma to tune an Erard piano located at the outpost of Mae Lwin a strategically important fort run by Dr Anthony Carroll No one knows exactly why Carroll has a grand piano there, but the urgency with which he requests Edgar s services intrigues him, and he decides to leave his wife, and his quiet life behind to travel to Burma This is only the beginning of the novel the rest is about Edgar s travels, and his arrival at Mae Lwin none of which I want to describe, as it is better read for one s self Mason tells the story with language so beautiful and expressive that it engages each of the five senses I saw, smelled, heard, felt, and tasted the sights and sounds of the jungle in such a way that I almost forgot I was experiencing it through the medium of a novel I was engulfed and swept away into Edgar Drake s world Edgar himself is as compelling as the scenery through which he travels On the surface, he appears to be shy and reserved, but his thoughts reveal a deep curiosity about the people, cultures, and places he encounters, and a developing insight into human nature as experienced through various types of relationships political, familial, romantic, and colonial Although Edgar is a middle aged man, The Piano Tuner is essentially a bildungsroman Edgar learns about who he is as he confronts fears and and desires that he never knew he had, and asks questions which he never before realized he wondered about.Throughout the The Piano Tuner, music remains the main vehicle through which Edgar s travels and his personal transformation is described Edgar sees everything through his piano tuner s eyes, and this lends a sense of musicality to the novel which is both artistic and technical He thinks of music as than just beautiful sounds he understands that mechanics lie at the root of every note a piano plays This perspective on music demonstrates an understanding of both its mechanical precision and artistic beauty that turn out to be really one and the same Mason s prose reflects this it flows, but is never sloppy the scenes he sets are imaginative but always realistic Overall, The Piano Tuner speaks to me because it represents so many elements in terms of music it is about discovery, adventure, love, compassion, politics, the natural world, and self knowldege, all understood through the simple mechanics of a piano.

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    I was going through a box of books that a friend was giving away, and I came across this novel I was attracted by the title, so I took it home to read The pros There is a bit of history on the technical aspects of the development of piano making that I found fascinating, and I enjoyed the details about the actual process of repairing and tuning a piano, though anyone not interested in pianos would probably skip that, much like I did most of the boring Burmese history Also, there are some beautiful turns of phrase in this book, some really lyrical writing I identified with the characters love of music and its ability to send both performer and listener into another world.The cons Everything else All that lyrical writing, those beautiful turns of phrase, rambled on in an irritating, self indulgent fashion I found myself scanning pages briefly, looking for the end of the digressions, pointless details, and endless descriptive phrases, so I could pick up on the plot again Oh yes, there was a plot, though it was hard to find at times It was occasionally interesting, and at one point it actually took an unexpected twist, but it ended with a thoroughly unsatisfactory whimper After all that slogging through run on sentences, lack of dialogue punctuation,and meaningless tangents, this is how I m rewarded No thank you.I give it two stars because one doesn t do justice to the truly well written parts of the book, and three might encourage someone else to read it, something my conscience will not allow Unless that someone is really interested in 19th century Burma, the English military in far flung outposts, or navel gazing piano tuners.

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    I WILL AVOID SPOILERS My review is less about plot than what happens to my head and my emotions when I read this book.Finished Nope I was wrong about how it would end My guesses were not exactly right and the difference was very important The end has a surprising twist As you know this book had wonderful writing Good story and good ending This book has just about everything a book can have, but not much humor Somehow I didn t miss it, maybe b c rather than being a grim tale,the book was simply terribly interesting Through page 204 of 311 very good author s note which I have already read I swear I know how this book will end I think I have it all figured out I should warn that descriptions are very detailed Maybe one likes this, maybe one doesn t HOW the Erard piano works mechanically was a bit too confusing for me, but probably VERY interesting for someone who really knows about pianos Anyone who loves the piano must love this book You know the first piano were square, and pianos developed from the harpsicord, at least Erard s version did Then there is one scene that is fabulous about a hollow rock that rumbles sings Lots of info also about plant and alternative medicine treatments too.Through page 179 OK, here is a little complaint The author is trying to get me scared with numerous forewatnings I feel like I am being played with Like there is a mystery, but nothing happens Then it is going to pounce on me Most people like this I don t I don t have to read a book for the mystery in the plot The travelogue, the history that is what I enjoy Oh yes, the dialogue is superbe The author s dialogues at different occasions care ompletely different from eachother drunk soldiers having a ribald talk over beers, a fancy colonial luncheon in Mandalay where the talk is British than the British, the eccentirc speeches of Dr Carroll himself These dialogues are each perfect and each unique They should be different and they certainly are How the author is able to do this is beyond me Still, I am annoyed about the mystery ploy. If you haven t notices, I am always spelling things incorrectly I totally mix up English and French and Swedish BTW English and French keyboards are different that too explains crazy spellings Sorry I am too lazy to proofread I just want to get my feelings out Please be kind to me and ignore my misspellings and grammatical errors I write reviews for enjoyment I do it for me, b c it helps me understnad my own views I don t do it to write a correct essay for a school paper or for publication I hope my views get other people thinking I want to explain what the book is really about so others can accurately decide whether it is something they really want to read There is so much to read that we cannot be wasting our time And each of us like different types of literature.hrough page 89 I am reading this very slowly it is chockfull of interesting info Before Edgar Drake reaches Rangoon on the Irrawaddy Delta he has spent much time reading reports from the War Office and Anthony Carroll himself, the man in Burma who had requested demanded the piano tuner Carroll s documents are fascinating and perhaps explain the antipathy between the military personel and Carroll Carroll is self educated, a very cultured man who knows everything from the physical geography of Burna to its history, the language of all the different tribes, the detailed information of the land s plants and animals and much, much BUT WE LEARN NOTHING ABOUT THE PIANO RHAT HAS TO BE REPAIRED This is very unsettling for us the readers and of course Edgar Drake too So Edgar writes a letter to those employing him, informing then of the history of the piano beginning in the early 1700s and the history of Sebastien Erard who made the piano shipped to Burma This is all verey, very fascinating All of it Little hints are dropped about what is going to happen to Edgar but I will not tell you any of that Remember no spoilers Then Edgar gets to Rangoon and the story turns into a travelogue again The people, the clothing, the city, all are described, the things he saw as the carriage rolled through Rangoon He blinked and the tea shop disappeared replaced by a woman holding a plate of betel nuts and tiny leaves She pressed close to the carriage and stared inside from beneath the shade of a wide straw hat Like some of the vendors by the shore, her face was painted with white circles, moonlike against her dark skin Edgar turned to the soldier, What is that on her face The paint Yes, I saw it on some of the women by the docks But different patterns Peculiar. They call it thanaka It is made from ground sandalwood Almost all of the women wear it and many of the men They cover the babies with it too The lane widened and the carriage picked up speed Soon the images spun past the window too fast to be seen Fascinating There is so much to learn here Did you know that the paiano was invented by a person called Cristofori I didn t All through the 1700s it underwent great modifications What happened to musical instuments in France during the French Revolution also has a story all its own I think soon something dramatic will occur to Edgar My lips are zipped.Through page 77 The reader encounter storytales, a travelogue and now Burmese History is th theme I find the quite detailed history of the Burmese Anglo Wars from the 1820 1880s interesting, but it isn t always so easy to follow since the tribal names are so strange They don t stick in my head Some of the details I am sure to forget but hopefully the major events will fasten Soon Edgar, the piano tuner, will arive in Mae Lwin, his destination, located on the eastern Shan States of British Burma near the Burmese border to Siam Thailand Actually the Shan people felt a cultural tie with the people of Siam than the Burman people.Through page 59 I very much like the author s writing style Writing style is important to me than the plot I am a member of the Historical Fictionistas Group In this group under blurbs there is a thread for quotes from page 42 of the book you are reading I think this thread gives you a chance to see some random text The text must be from page 42, NOT the beginning of the book What a good idea Anyhow since I copied some text there, I will now copy it here too Basically I am very lazy 0 Here follows what I quoted in that thread They in the quote refers to the peiano tuner, who will be leaving for Burma in a few days, and his wife, who is to remain in London They walk home, now they speak of inconsequentials like how many pairs of stockings he has packed, how often he will write, gifts he should bring home, how not to become ill The conversation rests uneasily one doesn t expect goodbyes to be burdened by trivialities This is not how it is in the books, he thinks, or in the theater and he feels the need to speak of mission, of dity, of love They reach home and close the door and he doesn t drop her hand Where speach fails, touch compensates I find this very, very real THIS is exactly what happens when someone dear leaves No words are adequate to express your feelings so one resorts to trivialities Don t you think The piano tuner then travels by boat and rail You should experience how delightfully this is described the fog in London, the color of the Mediterranean, the French views on Gerard Fun stories are thrown in about the travelers on the boat Here is a snippet of part of one such story For when I looked up, the boys were running down a broad slope, chasing the goats Below them stretched one of the most stunning visions I had ever seen Indeed, had I been struck with blindness, rather than deafness, I think I would have been content For nothing, not even the pounding surf of Babelmandeb, could match the scene that stretched out before me, the slope descending, flattening into a flat desert plain that stretched into a horizon blurred with sandstorms And out of the thick dust, whose silence belied the rage known to anyone who has ever been caught in the terror of one of the storms, marched legions of caravans, from every point of the compass, long dark trails of horses and camels, all emerging from the blur that swept across the valley, and all converging on a tent enpcampment that lay at the base of the hill Wow, draw a picture of THAT in your head Then paint in the colors.Before starting Can music conquer nations effectively than military operations Of course not, but..Kirkus says A wealth of information musical, medical, historical, political and numerous colorfully detailed vignettes of life in Burma s teeming cities and jungle villages I guess I have to add this too my must shelf

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    I was shocked by how poorly written this book was Maybe I m missing something I admit that I abandoned it somewhere just past the halfway point, but it was a bit like leaving a baseball game when a team is up 15 to nil There wasn t a lot of chance for redemption here This book read to me exactly like a puppet show, where each voice, and each emotion was just a undisguised projection of the voice of the author Its as if the characters open their mouths and the exact same voice comes out of each one Where there is a need for back story, mysterious story tellers pop out of the woodwork to expound as neeeded The protaganist is by turns snide and arrogant or submissive and quiet, without explanation of either And throughout, the language is so heavy, so full of big, cumbersome words that even the scenes in the daylight seem to be covered with a sort of sticky dark fog In all, forced and pretentious, randomly detailed, showing very little editorial restraint.

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    This is one of those books that you begin hopefully and end up putting down again and again It has so much going for it wow, the author graduated from Harvard and traveled in Burma studying malaria and as of the print date he is still just a medical student How accomplished This must be really good, right Well, I do give Mason credit for being obviously well read and a very very good writer, but there are so many elements here that drive a reader insane First and foremost, his writing style is all over the map He changes tenses from one paragraph to the next, perhaps in an attempt to evoke a dreamlike quality He changes abruptly from conventional conversations to long endless joycean prose wherein the reader has no idea who is actually speaking He uses the device of official documents to convey essential information about where the piano tuner is going to travel This last device I appreciate, except that the documents he provides are dry and long and riddled with material which one is sure doesn t matter, and filled with place and people names which an English reader simply can t grasp.The second issue I had was his characterizations Of the three primary characters the tuner, the doctor, and yes the piano, I give high marks to the piano I mean that I know a lot about that beautiful piano that I ever thought possible it leads the most incredible adventures On the other hand, we don t even meet the doctor until halfway through the book He is supposed to be this amazing intellect, genius of diplomacy, etc He never comes off as anything but a mysterious, manipulating jerk Then the titular character he lives as if in a dream, and to the very last sentence we know very little about him than we ever did at the start.The third issue I had was there was virtually no plot, which is, I dunno, kind of important There s a semblance of a plot the tuner travels from England to Burma, goes through jungles, tunes a piano, etc He tunes that piano an awful lot, by the way And those official military documents fill in the details between.The fourth issue I had was that this story is apparently supposed to reflect the restricted feelings and passions of Victorian England Brushing hands and longing looks are the most you will get, which is all well and good, but I m just not buying it What I mean is, I can t fathom that any 40 ish, long married man wouldn t have than just chaste thoughts about the exotic women around him Acting on impulse is one thing I accept that but the thoughts in his mind should torment him just a little than the average twelve year old boy.Lastly, in the end, I just don t know what this book was about Between the documents and chaste longings there were mysterious dream like stories which I quickly forgot and then had to flip back to when they were referenced again The revisitation did little to improve my understanding of their overall importance Also, there were passages of moral reflection that struck me as jarringly too modern, but they were mostly just in passing, and had little final impact Ultimately, I was puzzled and disappointed by the ending Nothing had happened for 200 pages and then suddenly we were thrust pell mell into adventure for reasons inexplicable The paranoia of the British soldiers led to a terrible tragedy, but they were allowed to inflict it without our even beginning to understand why.

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    Where can I start Reading The Piano Tuner is like closing your eyes and allowing a beautiful vision to play out in front of your eyes You see, hear, feel, smell and taste the Burmese countryside through the rather romantic and simplistic view of Edgar Drake an English piano tuner.Reading The Piano Tuner is like being carried gently down a river The writing is picturesque but also dreamlike and you get the feeling that everything around you is not quite real like a mirage After finishing the book, I can see why the author wrote it like that.Daniel Mason has taken a rather different style of writing which may seem strange at first but becomes natural and by the time you finish it you will see why he used such a style.The ending was a surprise and quite took the rug from under my feet It s a slow paced book that quietly takes you along a beautiful path through Burma but the ending is quite a surprise.I hope those people who are thinking of reading or are currently reading this book will enjoy it because I sure did There is a passage in the book that relates how a person s spirit is like a moth This really resonated with me for some reason because that is exactly how my soul feels like a fluttering moth.

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    This novel was part adventure story ala Joseph Conrad part anti imperialist and part anti war, pro music as a path to peace It deals with imperialist Britain and particularly in Burma in the late 1800s A middle aged piano tuner is given a most unusual request A somewhat eccentric surgeon military officer has had an Erard grand piano delivered to a somewhat remote outpost in Burma It is badly in need of tuning and some repair, and though cautious, the tuner is also very intrigued and accepts the job It takes a while for him to get to the piano, and the book relates his adventures on his journey.He finally gets to tune and then play the piano which are described in detail Being a pianist and a composer, I was fascinated by these descriptions I could see where they may become somewhat tedious for others And the book is as much jungle adventure and somewhat sultry romance as it is about music It is very well written and quite atmospheric The surgeon may not be all that he seems, and the beautiful Burmese assistant remains alluring and mysterious throughout.The ending was a little open ended This reader was not completely sure what the motives of everyone involved were Yet the slow and sensuous aura as well as the description of music kept me quite satisfied through to the end.

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    Dedication For my grandmother, HalinaQuotes Brothers, I said, o you who have crosseda hundred thousand dangers, reach the westto this brief waking time that is leftunto your senses, you must not denyexperience of that which lies beyondthe sun, and all the world that is unpeopled Dante, Inferno canto XXVIMusic, to create harmony, must investigate discord.PlutarchMapOpening In the fleeting seconds of final memory, the image that will become Burma is the sun and a woman s parasol.The back story of British interests in Burma is laid out from page one, within a letter from Col Fitzgerald of the Burma and East India Division of Military Ops, to Edgar Drake, Piano Tuner King Mindon Min Asylum for the Ragged PoorI met a traveller from an antique landWho said Two vast and trunkless legs of stoneStand in the desert Near them on the sand,Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frownAnd wrinkled lip and sneer of cold commandTell that its sculptor well those passions readWhich yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.And on the pedestal these words appear My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair Nothing beside remains Round the decayOf that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,The lone and level sands stretch far away Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley Page 24 Page 31 King Thibaw ShwedagonMason s research is too visible so this has a tendency to read like an info dump.LATER Cannot go on crawls across the floor like a waterless person in the middle of the dry Dry DRy DRY DRY Sahara Love me some amateur dramatics, brings me back to life

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    I m not yet sure about how I felt about reading this book At the beginning it was a hard work, maybe because of my stressful life, maybe because of some characteristics of the book I ll probably never know In this Daniel Mason s book, we are presented to Edgar Drake, a piano tuner whose life was a captive of routine and a man who have never find something he never knows he was looking for The opportunity to learn about it comes with a strange request, he must travel to Asia to tune a piano.We are then awarded magnificent scenarios of Burma of the nineteenth century, with such a precise description that we can close our eyes and see ourselves surrounded by that astonishing paradise Besides the slow rhythm of the narrative, we can still be taken by some of Drake s adventure.More significant than the adventures, however, is the love story contained in this pages Mason s description of Edgar s actions and reflections are so accurate that we feel like we listening to every thought in his mind, considering every possible action which can take place at that moment Still, this work contains what I can only call one of the most beautiful love scenes I ve ever read It was a simple picture, yet enchanting, composed by only a man, a woman and a piano what another result could come from that Four stars full of joy to this adventure through the mysteries of Burma and the inscrutability of love.

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    Li este livro j l v o uns cinco anos Achei a hist ria interessante e ex tica, o qual agradeci j que eu, na altura, precisava de evadir me com livros de aventuras No entanto, tenho uma forte cr tica acerca da trama n o teria bastado escolher um protagonista que fosse afinador de flautas No meio da leitura, h uma passagem de p ginas que parecem infind veis acerca dos pormenores t cnicos da arte de afinar pianos N o que n o goste eu da musicalidade desse instrumento, mas n o tenho nenhum interesse em conhecer os pormenores t cnicos Ao que parece, a humidade da floresta birmanesa tinha afectado as entranhas do piano, mas os efeitos dessa humidade foram para mim uma seca de parafusos, cordas e eu n o sei que mais trastes Ai, Jesus n o abandonei a leitura por um triz.

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