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The Piano Teacher

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

The Piano Teacher

Two days ago I thought my review of this book would be quite different than it is. Two days ago I was on page 113 of this book and I was getting frustrated with the vapid characters who were either spending all their time acting the part of the privileged upper class E...
Two days ago I thought my review of this book would be quite different than it is. Two days ago I was on page 113 of this book and I was getting frustrated with the vapid characters who were either spending all their time acting the part of the privileged upper class English ex-pats in Hong Kong or (in Claire's case) stealing trinkets. Even the war-time surrender of Hong Kong to the Japanese seemed only a minor inconvenience to these people. However, a mere 13 pages later, the story rapidly grows teeth.
The Piano Teacher tells the story of two separate love affairs in the life of English ex-pat Will Truesdale. The two events are separated by a span of 12 years. In the 1940s, Will is new to Hong Kong and in love with a young Eurasian heiress, Trudy. They fill their days and nights with parties and other pleasant diversions. Even the war does little to affect their lifestyle, until the Japanese decide to put all the "enemy civilians" in interment camps. Will goes into the camp, but Trudy denies her British citizenship and remains free. From this point on, the story turns into a tragically human story of love, betrayal, and loss.
In the 1950s, Will has an affair with a young married woman, Claire. However, Will and Claire's affair simply provides the framework for the bigger picture of what ultimately happened to Will and Trudy during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong.

posted by Readingrat on January 11, 2009

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

This book Wasn't Music to My Ears

The Piano Teacher is boring. The characters are whiny and I didn't care what happened to them. The information about Hong Kong is interesting; but the plot is weak and disjointed. I recommend Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweeet insted.

posted by huckfinn37 on April 17, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Slow and boring

    It takes awhile to understand whats goin on or the point of everything..

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    BORING - Not worth the time it took me to read it:(

    Very disjointed and SLOW to develop. Not to mention I didn't like any of the characters. The book is 326 pages long and only starts to get interesting at the very end - the last 40 pages. The story was not worth all the hype. I will definitely avoid works by this author in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2010

    Slow, uneventful, unnecessary

    I did not care for this story because there was no connection to the characters. Trudy was interesting for a short time everyone else was bland. Depressing conditions during WW2 in Hong Kong are not interesting, needed more personal intrique for each character. Hated the ending.

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