The Piano Tuner: A Novel (Google eBook)
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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In October 1886, piano tuner Edgar Drake receives an astonishing request from the War Office. He is asked to go to Burma to tune the Erard piano of Surgeon-Major Anthony Carroll, to whom the office ... Read full review
Set in the late 1880s, an English piano tuner is practically ordered by the British War Office to visit Burma in order to tune a fancy piano for an army doctor that is doing the Good Imperial Work in the hinterlands near the Siamese border. The first couple hundred pages are slowly rolled out with his leave-taking of his wife of 18 years and his travel all the way to southeast Asia. In Burma, the piano tuner – and the reader – mainly kills time, waiting for something terrible to happen. The descriptions of the geography have great interest. I like novels in which expatriates are besotted by the beauty of a new place, so the nature writing is the best part of the novel, Too true that the characters are thin, the incidents few, the pace slow, But given the writer's intention was to evoke a particular place and time, I think he succeeded.