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The Piano Tuner

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Homerun!

Mr. Mason has crafted a well told story of Oriental intrigue set in the 19th century. This fluid and pulchritude novel is authentic and haunting. Nescience is never an issue because Mr. Mason has researched the novel so well.

If you dislike historical fiction, you wi...
Mr. Mason has crafted a well told story of Oriental intrigue set in the 19th century. This fluid and pulchritude novel is authentic and haunting. Nescience is never an issue because Mr. Mason has researched the novel so well.

If you dislike historical fiction, you will dislike this as well. If you enjoy high quality story telling then read this book and be prepared to be taken on a journey of constant suspense and mystrey.

posted by AK95 on April 20, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

This book taught me a lot of things about Burma and piano tuning, the mechanic and historical aspects of it. However, the story lacked passion and reasons for the events that ocurred. I was never interested in the main character. Definitely not a book for women, it seem...
This book taught me a lot of things about Burma and piano tuning, the mechanic and historical aspects of it. However, the story lacked passion and reasons for the events that ocurred. I was never interested in the main character. Definitely not a book for women, it seemed more like a teenage boy book, for those young men that are struggling to find their way. I recommend it to them.

posted by Anonymous on December 26, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2002

    A Dense Disappointment

    I wanted to enjoy this book. The first few pages demonstrate that Mason is a more than capable writer, his sentences poetic and his tone believably 19th century. But very quickly it is apparent that this is going to be a long haul. The characterizations are flat. Dr. Carroll is a huge letdown when he finally makes his appearance (actually, he's absent most of the time even after his entrance), and Mr. Drake so quickly devotes himself to this milktoast Svengali that the reader concludes he never had a self to lose to the mysteries of Burma. The book ultimately feels like a depository for every fact about Burma that Mason was able to scrape up in his year of research there, thus he succeeds in creating a lush stage for the action but unfortunately casts his story with puppets.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2010

    This was a book club selection

    I was initially intriqued by this book but soon found that I was reading only so I could participate in the discussion. The book left me wondering what was real and what was a mirage. Not a satisfying read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2006

    Overhyped

    Perhaps I'm being unfair, particularly given that this is a first novel, but the whole thing had a feeling of 'look-ma-no-hands' to me. Didactic asides, intrusive erudition, and a disappointingly familiar take on the exotic 'Orient.' Lots of potential, but if you really want a good mystery story set in southeast Asia, check out Lily Tuck's 'Siam.' Better yet, read Orwell's 'Burmese Days' or Emma Larkin's 'Looking for George Orwell in Burma.'

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2005

    UP, UP and KERPLUNK!

    It seemed to me as if the author had decades to research and write the first 9/10ths of the book and then had a week to devise and write the ending! The last few chapters seemed as of they were slapped on by another author it is so separate and distinct in style and substance. I was disappointed especially after pages and pages of detail in the geography, history, etc. I would not recommend another reader going through 270 pp. to come to a conclusion with as much intelligence and relevance as a script from a reality TV program.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2004

    Disappointed - me too

    This book had such promise. The descriptions of the destinations along the way are seductive and fascinating as is Burma itself. The history described and the build up to the piano tuning event are wonderful, rich and descriptive. And then it falls down with a loud thud. The suddenness of the uprising and his arrest in no way equal the intensity of the other seven eighths of the book. Its as though the whole story ran out of steam an fell off a cliff. Why no in depth explanation of what happened in Mae Lwin. The accusations of Dr. Carroll being a Russian spy and a traitor are not believeable. The turn of events is too contrived. This book needs about five more chapters for explanation and resolution and it needs a different ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2004

    Disappointed!

    I enjoyed reading where it took place - but the author hypes you up to believing a good ending like an eventual success to all that the Protagonist fought for, his return home would of made him a hero - I was up all night re-inventing the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2003

    Very disappointing

    I love to read and I was looking forward to this book after reading the reviews. Did not finish it. It goes on and on. Lots of descriptive words are used but they take you nowhere. May be I will pick it up one day again when I have nothing left to read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

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