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The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek
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Jul 15, 08

bookshelves: contemporary-fiction
Read in July, 2008

This is a haunting, brilliant portrait of the power struggles between a mother and a daughter and a teacher and a student. I suggest either reading up on Vienna or being already familiar with Vienna before reading the book. There were times when I felt that if I knew more of Vienna that Jelinek's very image driven writing would have been more effective. Regardless of my lack of knowledge of Vienna, the book was amazing. Jelinek's writing is so visual, it's very unlike most modern fiction. This book is not for those that might shy away from crude, but realistic sexual displays or slightly twisted displays of power and dominance. If you are up for a challenging read, try this book.
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