The Piano Tuner

The Piano Tuner 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 bel

  • Title: The Piano Tuner
  • Author: Daniel Mason
  • ISBN: 9780375414657
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1886 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 Tuner launches its protagoniIn 1886 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 Tuner launches 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. I must begin this review with a caveat: I cannot write about The Piano Tuner in an unbiased fashion, because I love it more 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 [...]

    2. 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 bea [...]

    3. 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 e [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 s [...]

    7. Where can I start?Reading The Piano Tuner is more 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 fini [...]

    8. Li este livro já lá vão uns cinco anos. Achei a história interessante e exótica, o qual agradeci já que eu, na altura, precisava de evadir-me com livros de aventuras. No entanto, tenho uma forte crítica acerca da trama: não teria bastado escolher um protagonista que fosse afinador de flautas? No meio da leitura, há uma passagem de páginas que parecem infindáveis acerca dos pormenores técnicos da arte de afinar pianos. Não é que não goste eu da musicalidade desse instrumento, mas n [...]

    9. It is rare that I stop reading a book before the end. Usually I will read the whole thing and then come to the conclusion that it was a bad book, didn't need to read the book, etc.I didn't need that long for this one. I have never taken so long to read 100 pages in my entire life. There is just no way that I can recommend this to someone, sorry. It reads like one of those books we hated in high school, and plods along like some 17th century English aristocrat who had to write something to make t [...]

    10. A piano tuner with a speciality for handling French Erard pianos leaves his beloved wife and quiet, comfortable life in London to embark on a journey of discovery into the furthest corner of Burma. He is called upon to repair the Erard piano belonging to the eccentric physician, Surgeon-Major Anthory Carroll, residing in a jungle outpost near the Siam (now Thai) border. Set in the late eighteen hundreds, during the Third Anglo Burmese War, the journey across oceans and continents is in itself an [...]

    11. There was a lot about this book that I didn't like. In any other book, these details would have caused me to despise the writing, badmouthing it to anyone who'd listen. The author seemed to ignore the fact that quotation marks existed for half the book, and then used them perfectly for the other half. There was probably a reason for this, he was probably making a point about something, but I didn't get it. Some of the sentences seemed to run on forever, one taking up a page and a half. I get why [...]

    12. 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.W [...]

    13. Being a pianist, I especially enjoyed this book. I loved the references to various preludes by Bach and the Haydn Sonata Op 50 in D Major (Youtube it!). When I finished the book, I found my WTC (Well-Tempered Clavier) and played Bach's Prelude #4, referenced on p. 248 in the novel. I think I will always remember it. I was a little disappointed in the ending, although, it added to the mysteriousness of the story and the haunting qualities throughout (Please don't let my disappointment keep you fr [...]

    14. I usually don't give up, also on books that I don't like at all, but today I do give up. The funny thing is that I don't even dislike The Piano Tuner that much, actually not at all. I like the main character (kudos to Mason to picture the boring job of piano tuning as a very interesting one), I like pianos, I like travelling and adventure (East not being exactly my favourite destination, but what the heck, as long as you're moving that's usually good enough for me to go there). And yet, I cannot [...]

    15. had to read this book for a local book group. I am very pleased because I would never have found it otherwise. I actually want to give it 3.5 stars but won't let me.The book is set in Victorian times, and has a middle class piano tuner sent to the wilds of unsettled Burma, among the Raj, to tune a French Erard piano.The story is about class, the conflict of cultures, the life patterns that people and societies develop, and how they will ignore reality and cling to the pattern even when it no lo [...]

    16. This was an interesting premise - a fairly staid piano tuner (Edgar Drake) is sent to Burma in 1886 to tune a piano belonging to a mysterious but important chap who is helping to protect British military interests. A bit of "Apocalypse Now" or "Lawrence of Arabia" with the mysterious Major Carroll working with the local tribes to try to establish some sort of peace settlement (or is he?).The first half of the book describes Drake's journey to the remote Burmese outpost. IN the secong half of the [...]

    17. If you care to read the description of the book, I am pretty sure you'll be very eager to read. The story is based in our own country, Myanmar.It's very lovely to read about our beautiful (yes, it's still beautiful) country and people, as told by someone else.The storyline is very good, engaging and left me in awe.Thanks Arkar Min Aung for recommending it too. It's a helluva good one. (If anyone would like to have the ebook (epub format), I'd email to you and just left a comment below)

    18. I don't know what it was but I thought this book was so boring. It felt like someone had gone on an interesting trip and tried to to put everything they saw and learned down on paper, throw in a couple of characters and call it a novel. I thought none of the characters were compelling and I'm shocked I actually finished it, even if it was mostly skimming the last 150 pages.I have to say it's refreshing to really dislike something every once in awhile.

    19. I love strong historical fiction, especially about far away places, so I thought this novel set in the Victorian Age about an Englishman who travels to colonial Burma would be just the thing I'd love, but this was one story that just wasn't my cuppa. It has gotten rave reviews, including from some friends, and I tried, but I have style issues that stood between the story and me. I could see from the beginning that Mason can write shapely, lyrical prose, but his title character Edgar Drake didn't [...]

    20. Oh, man! It's been awhile since I read a truly great adventure story (since Gil Adamson's 'The Outlander', actually) and this pulled me in immediately. I just finished it last night and I have that feeling where I don't want to start another book just yet; this story is still sinking in for me. I need to give it a few days to settle. That's just good book manners, right?Anyway the book follows a middle-aged British piano tuner named Edward on his summoned tuning job to the wild and unstable jung [...]

    21. I absolutely loved this book. I read it on a recommendation from my law school, that it was about the legal profession, which, it isn't, but it is still a wonderful exploration of the range of human emotion and feelings I think many humans get over their lifetime. Edgar Drake is a complex, interesting and a character that one can easily relate to. I believe, so many of us as humans at some point or another wonder if there is more in the world that our mini-universes, which I think is exactly wha [...]

    22. This beautifully written book bring you face to face with local characters in Burma at the time of the British takeover in the 1880s. Daniel Mason, the author, was a medical student during the time he wrote this novel, and his clear approach to writing reflects his medical training. At the same time there is a real spirit of adventure and a direct approach to ugliness and suffering. I read this book before visiting Myanmar this Winter and it gave me a terrific sense of the country and its histor [...]

    23. I have to give Daniel Mason credit -- if memory serves me right, he's a medical student who decided to write a novel after traveling through Southeast Asia -- a true modern-day Renaissance man. I found the subject matter really interesting, almost seducing -- the romantic idea of someone who lives a simple life in London in the early 20th century, who gets to go on an exotic adventure in colonial Britain to repair a piano. But without giving anything away, I found the ending really underwhelming [...]

    24. Just arrived from China through BM.The story of Edgar Drake, a piano tuner, and Antony Carroll who owns a rare Erard piano. Edgar travels to the jungles of Burma in order to tune it. Edgar's life won't be the same afterwards.

    25. This book had me from the first beautifully intriguing sentence: "In the fleeting seconds of final memory, the image that will become Burma is the sun and a woman's parasol."The language is descriptive and flowing and echoes of a distant time, not of a book written now but of a book written in the 1800's. There was a trace, a bare trace, of Henry James who I consider to be one of the important storytellers of that period so this is meant as a compliment.The characters are well defined and intere [...]

    26. Een stemmig boek dat goed een sfeer van dromen, reizen en ver weg zijn van huis weet te treffen. Een Engelse man die een compleet andere wereld betreedt en daar geïntrigeerd en bedwelmd door raakt. Ik las 'De pianostemmer' in Myanmar en ondanks dat het eind negentiende eeuw tijdens de Britse overheersing van Burma speelt, waren er toch de herkenbare plaatsen en gebruiken die wij ook bezocht en gezien hebben. Het is wel af en toe wat clichématig romantisch geschreven maar dat zou ook aan de Ned [...]

    27. I am so torn over this book. It sits in two halves so it seems reasonable to both love and hate it. The first half of the text is as slow as the 19th century trip to Burma, I can only guess that is what the author was trying to achieve. I was so close to giving up on it because of its pace, or lack thereof. The second half however is captivating and absolutely your reward. The imagery is excellent and the political dilemmas really thought provoking.

    28. Real rating: 2.5 stars.While this book is beautifully written, I had some problems with the way in which events were represented. The story is about a man, the titular piano tuner, who is sent to Burma to tune a piano. In his trip he learns about the different culture and how music can bring peace to a colonized country. Because yes, the whole thing is set during the Victorian Age with the whole expansion of frontiers and so on as a background.But the thing is that it’s all pretty much like th [...]

    29. In two words: horrendously tedious. Mason has no idea how to create compelling characters or provide information in a non-clumsy way. He seriously provides a complete "briefing" on the history of Burma in the story (the character is given this document by the army). If I wanted that, I would read a history book (or go on ). The point of historical fiction is to give readers a sense of place/history by bringing the past ALIVE through characters' interactions, not insert several pages of a straigh [...]

    30. I read Daniel Mason's novel 'The Piano Tuner' when it was published 14 years ago and have just re-read it after returning from a trip to Myanmar. It is a beguiling adventure story. In 1886 London piano tuner Edgar Drake (enjoying a happily married though unexciting life) is engaged by the War Office to go to Burma to tune the piano of an army doctor, Anthony Carroll, who successfully commands an important military outpost in the Shan States in Upper Burma; it is essential that the British secure [...]

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