Reader Review: This is a powerful and beautifully written novel whose subject is a piano tuner sent to the tribal area of Burma in the 19th century to tune a piano. This gives Daniel Mason scope to explore sympathetically the clash of British and tribal cultures, and to describe how the piano tuner opens up to new experiences and changes from someone shy and retiring to someone with the courage to stand up for what he believes to be right. The novel will resonate in my mind for a long time.
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 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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|Title of eBook: The Piano Tuner|
|Release Date: 12-16-2003|
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|Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
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The Piano Tuner
It was afternoon in the office of Colonel Killian, Director of Operations for the Burma Division of the British army. Edgar Drake sat by a pair of dark, rattling heating pipes and stared out the window, watching the sweep of rain. Across the room sat the Colonel, a broad, sunburnt man with a shock of red hair and a thick mustache that fanned out in combed symmetry, underlining a fierce pair of green eyes. Behind his desk hung a long Bantu lance and a painted shield that still bore the scars of battle. He wore a scarlet uniform, edged with braids of black mohair. Edgar would remember this, for the braids reminded him of a tiger's stripes, and the scarlet made the green eyes greener.
Several minutes had passed since the Colonel had entered the room, drawn up a chair behind a deeply polished mahogany desk, and begun to thumb through a stack of papers. At last he looked up. From behind the mustache came a stentorian baritone. "Thank you for waiting, Mr. Drake. I had a matter of urgency to attend to."
The piano tuner turned from the window. "Of course, Colonel." He fingered his hat in his lap.
"If you don't mind, then we will begin at once with the matter at hand." The Colonel leaned forward. "Again, welcome to the War Office. I imagine this is your first visit here." He did not leave time for the piano tuner to respond. "On behalf of my staff and superiors, I appreciate your attention to what we consider a most serious matter. We have prepared a briefing regarding the background of this affair. If you agree, I think it would be most expedient if I summarize it for you first. We can discuss any questions you
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April 21, 2009
Reviewer: A reader from Hayling Island, Hampshire GB
This is a powerful and beautifully written novel whose subject is a piano tuner sent to the tribal area of Burma in the 19th century to tune a piano. This gives Daniel Mason scope to explore sympathetically the clash of British and tribal cultures, and to describe how the piano tuner opens up to new experiences and changes from someone shy and retiring to someone with the courage to stand up for what he believes to be right. The novel will resonate in my mind for a long time.
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