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The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
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Jan 26, 2010

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bookshelves: travel, contemporary-fiction
Read in January, 2010

I enjoyed this armchair journey, though the story is built on a couple of preposterous premises -- one coming, one going. The rest of it can be enjoyed as a period piece, in a place I'd never been. The characters are intriguing, but not especially credible. The history seems well-researched, though I found Daniel Mason's large helpings of it via letter or military briefing tiresome and unnecessary. His story got most of the same information across, and more naturally. Mason's writing mostly stays out of the way. I especially liked his reflections about music, the best part of the novel. The descriptions or Burma were done well, too. The florid speech and thought of piano tuner Edgar Drake I chalked up to time and place. I'd read more by Mason.

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