The Piano Tuner

The Piano Tuner

by Daniel Mason
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Piano Tuner 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
AK95 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was extremely insightful and thought-provoking. The ending was my favorite part as it was both surprising and moving.This book is not for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
psl More than 1 year ago
I just couldn't recommend this to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most enchanting stories I have ever read. It is both exotic and suspenseful,lying somewhere between Graham Greene and Joseph Conrad.
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The Piano Tuner by Mason It isa journey into a man who had lost himself. Beautifully written, the best book of our modern time
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In this book "The Piano Tuner" is really an thrilling and breathe-catching novel... it was really full of adventure and full of hope... and i'm really touch from how he cares about he's wife and how patient he is... this book is my favorite from all of the novel's i've read..
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In October 1886, Edgar Drake receives an odd telegram from the British War Offices. The telegram contains a request that he leave his wife in London to travel the jungles of Burma, where he¿d find an Erard grand piano that is in need of repairing. The piano belongs to an army surgeon major by the name of Anthony Carroll, whose eccentric peacemaking techniques include music, poetry, and medicine. As Drake travels through Europe, the Red Sea, India, and into Burma, Drake meets all sorts of people and learns of their stories. The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason is a wonderful novel. Although slow to get through in the beginning, it starts to pick up when the journey begins. Each new cultural experience Drake encounters draws in the reader with the desire to know more. If you are looking for a book that you can¿t put down, one that is adventurous and touching at the same time, The Piano Turner is an excellent choice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that takes you into a new world full of beautiful colors and sounds. While doing this the book makes you keep THINKING right until the very end. I loved this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I accidently picked up The Piano Tuner as I browsed at B&N to find a nice book to take on a trip. I was in Singapore and Malaysia when I read it, and it made me want to go up north to Myanmar and Thailand too see what Edgar Drake saw... It's a great book. Written in a style that one rarely finds in modern American literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Daniel Mason has crafted a truly engrossing novel in The Piano Tuner. I was most impressed by Mason's ability to provide enough detail for the reader to visualize the people and events, but leave enough to the imagination that the reader is truly drawn into the story. I enjoyed the multidimensional love stories woven into the plot - Edgar Drake's love for his wife Katherine, for the power of music, for Khin Myo, for Dr. Carroll, and finally for the Erard itself. Drake's journey is as much a parallel of the Erard's into the Burmese jungle as it is the same journey. I finished this book wanting to read more, but curiously satisfied with the vivid images that remain in my imagination. I look forward to Mr. Mason's next contribution!