View Larger Image. Ask Seller a Question. 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 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 Drakes 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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From this irresistible beginning, The Piano Tuner launches its protagoni 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 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.
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The inconsistent verb tenses are driving me crazy. Has anyone figured out the pattern? Krystl I didn't find any issue with verb tenses, although having speech by different people, going back and forwards, within the same paragraph was a tad tri …more I didn't find any issue with verb tenses, although having speech by different people, going back and forwards, within the same paragraph was a tad trifling.
My main grammatical issue though was that of putting 2 distinct sentences together with a comma instead of a semi-colon or full stop. Even a dash would have been an improvement! This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Why did Edgar have to die? Krystl This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ To believe that Carroll and the lady had deceived him would have been soul shattering. He would have returned to England emotionally ruined. It would …more To believe that Carroll and the lady had deceived him would have been soul shattering.
It would have been interesting to observe him as he progressed through depression with perhaps a glimmer of light on the horizon as he reunited with his loving wife. Actually I think I would have preferred that ending for completeness.
As it is it seems the author chose the abrupt semi-cliff-hanger, where the reader can choose to believe what they like about the 'truth'. And Edgar was never forced to stop believing in his truth about their friendship and shared moments. See all 6 questions about The Piano Tuner…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Piano Tuner. 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 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. He knows and loves pianos as intimately as if they were alive.
This unassuming, quiet, and unadventurous man receives a commission from the British government to travel to colonial Burma to tune an Erard piano located at the outpost of Mae Lwin - a strategically important fort run by Dr. Anthony Carroll. No one knows exactly why Carroll has a grand piano there, but the urgency with which he requests Edgar's services intrigues him, and he decides to leave his wife, and his quiet life behind to travel to Burma.
This is only the beginning of the novel - the rest is about Edgar's travels, and his arrival at Mae Lwin - none of which I want to describe, as it is better read for one's self. Mason tells the story with language so beautiful and expressive that it engages each of the five senses. I saw, smelled, heard, felt, and tasted the sights and sounds of the jungle in such a way that I almost forgot I was experiencing it through the medium of a novel.
I was engulfed and swept away into Edgar Drake's world. Edgar himself is as compelling as the scenery through which he travels. On the surface, he appears to be shy and reserved, but his thoughts reveal a deep curiosity about the people, cultures, and places he encounters, and a developing insight into human nature as experienced through various types of relationships: political, familial, romantic, and colonial.
Although Edgar is a middle-aged man, The Piano Tuner is essentially a bildungsroman - Edgar learns more about who he is as he confronts fears and and desires that he never knew he had, and asks questions which he never before realized he wondered about. Throughout the The Piano Tuner, music remains the main vehicle through which Edgar's travels and his personal transformation is described.
Edgar sees everything through his piano tuner's eyes, and this lends a sense of musicality to the novel which is both artistic and technical. He thinks of music as more than just beautiful sounds - he understands that mechanics lie at the root of every note a piano plays. This perspective on music demonstrates an understanding of both its mechanical precision and artistic beauty that turn out to be really one and the same.
Mason's prose reflects this: it flows, but is never sloppy; the scenes he sets are imaginative but always realistic. Overall, The Piano Tuner speaks to me because it represents so many elements in terms of music - it is about discovery, adventure, love, compassion, politics, the natural world, and self-knowldege, all understood through the simple mechanics of a piano.
View all 4 comments. Jul 08, Denise rated it it was ok. 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 I was going through a box of books that a friend was giving away, and I came across this novel. Also, there are some beautiful turns of phrase in this book, some really lyrical writing.
I identified with the characters' love of music and its ability to send both performer and listener into another world. The cons: Everything else.
All that lyrical writing, those beautiful turns of phrase, rambled on in an irritating, self-indulgent fashion. I found myself scanning pages briefly, looking for the end of the digressions, pointless details, and endless descriptive phrases, so I could pick up on the plot again.
Oh yes, there was a plot, though it was hard to find at times. It was occasionally interesting, and at one point it actually took an unexpected twist, but it ended with a thoroughly unsatisfactory whimper. After all that slogging through run-on sentences, lack of dialogue punctuation,and meaningless tangents, this is how I'm rewarded?
No thank you. I give it two stars because one doesn't do justice to the truly well-written parts of the book, and three might encourage someone else to read it, something my conscience will not allow. Unless that someone is really interested in 19th century Burma, the English military in far-flung outposts, or navel-gazing piano tuners. View all 8 comments.
Oct 13, Chrissie rated it really liked it Shelves: great-britain , arts , text-checked , hf , burma , contemp-novel , kirkus , history. 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. I swear I know how this book will end. I think I have it all figured out. I should warn that descriptions are very detailed. Maybe one likes this, maybe one doesn't. HOW the Erard piano works mechanically was a bit too confusing for me, but probably VERY interesting for someone who really knows about pianos.
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