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In the award-winning film The Piano, writer/director Jane Campion created a story so original and powerful it fascinated millions of moviegoers. This novel stands independent of the film, exploring the mysteries of Ada's muteness, the secret of her daughter's conception, the reason for her strange marriage and the past lives of Baines and Stewart.
Paperback, 215 pages
Published July 7th 1995 by Miramax Books (first published 1993)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: movie, 20th-century, film
The Piano, Jane Campion
فیلمی درام به کارگردانی جین کمپیون و محصول سال 1993 میلادی
عنوان فیلم: پیانو؛ کارگردان: جین کمپیون؛ تهیه کننده: جین کمپیون؛ نویسنده: جین کمپیون؛ بازیگران: هالی هانتر (در نقش آدا مکگراث)؛ هاروی کایتل (در نقش جرج بینس)؛ سَم نیل (در نقش الیستر استیوارت)؛ آنا پاکوین (در نقش فلورا مکگراث)؛ موسیقی: مایکل نایمن؛ فیلمبرداری: استوارت درای برو؛ تدوین: ورونیکا جنت؛ توزیع کننده
Ciby 2000
تاریخهای انتشار: 19 مه 1993 (نمایش در جشنوارهٔ فیلم کن)؛ آگوست 1993 (نمایش در استرالیا)؛ مدت زمان:
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Janet
Nov 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, literary
I was sure this book would be one of my all-time favorites because I absolutely love the movie. However, the writing style (I believe it's called the 'passive voice'?) kept me at an emotional distance from the story unlike the movie, which was intensely passionate. It was my visual memories of Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin, Harvey Keitel and Sam Neill that kept me engrossed in the written story. I did appreciate that the book delved into Ada's past, telling the story of why she does not speak. I als ...more
Tressa
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a novelization of a remarkable movie about a mute woman handed over in marriage to a man she's never met. She expresses herself through her piano, and when she travels to New Zealand to meet her new spouse, he doesn't get her from the get go, and leaves her piano on the beach. A white, local businessman named George Baines begins to fall for Ada, and buys the piano from Ada's new husband in exchange for some land. But George has ulterior motives, and makes a deal with Ada that she can ea ...more
ليلى المطوع
حسنا البداية كانت جدا متعثرة ولم ترق لي، حتى كدت أن لا اكملها، لكنني اجبرت نفسي على المتابعة ثم تصاعدت الاحداث، هذه الرواية كلاسيكية ولمن يفضلون هذا النوع من الأدب

mai ahmd
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
هذه الرواية اللطيفة هي قصة تحمل في طياتها موسيقى عذبة نعم هي أغنية كما كتب على غلافها الخارجي .. بدأت بها ليلا وأنهيتها في نفس الليلة .. تدور حول فتاة خرساء أنجبت إبنة وهي لم تتجاوز سن المراهقة .. خوف الأب من الألسنة دفعه لإرسال إبنته إلى زواج بالمراسلة إلى رجل مغترب يعيش في غابة يحاول شق طريقه بشراء الأراضي كأي مستوطن من سكانها الأصليين
تلعب الموسيقى دور البطولة في هذا النص الجميل كخلفية لقصة الحب التي دارت بين إدا وجورج خارج إطار الزواج .. جورج الرجل الذي استطاع أن يتواصل مع فتاة بكماء تعشق ال
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Megan
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the movie when I saw it in university, but reading the book was almost better. It gave answers to all the questions I had wondered about when watching the film. What was Baines' life prior to New Zealand? Who was Flora's father? Etc.

During certain chapters In the book, I found myself going back to the movie to help me envision the scene (e.g. the scene on the beach when Ada is playing)
ZaRi
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novel, cinema, play, women, romance, film
The piano is one of my favorite movies. I have watched it several times and every times I have watched, I enjoyed more than before and learned a new thing. It's brilliant. It is emotional and impressive. It is about mute woman named Ada who lives with her daughter. She was forced to marry a man who never met him and traveled to New Zealand. She expresses herself with her piano. When she arrived to New Zealand her husband comes to her and don’t let her to bring her piano to home. After that Baine ...more
Candace
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Considering the fact that I had never even heard of this book until I was looking for stories that had taken place in New Zealand, I was pretty impressed with it.

The Piano tells the story of Ada McGrath and her piano. Ada is mute. Mute by choice - after the 'incident' when she was a young girl (her father berated her for speaking insolently towards him one evening), Ada hasn't spoken a word. She communicates through sign language and through her music. The piano is her world, it means everything
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Carol
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have had this book sitting on my shelf for a lot of years, waiting to be read, being overlooked. When I opened it, I was in for a surprise - there was a post-it note inside the front cover :

Dec'95 - My Dearest Lynne, I know this film moved you, the way it moved me. Remember I love you and that's forever girl !!! All my love, Christopher xxx

Makes you wonder about books and their travels, and what happens in the lives of their owners. Hmm, anyway ...

A good book, I was surprised, I hadn't fancie
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Deanie
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Having watched and loved the film, I was excited to read this novel for my Non-Western literature class. I was pleased to find it both encompassed and expanded on the movie. The novel (since it is written by the film's screenwriter) closely follows the movie, though it gives more backstory for the main character. I felt torn about this. I liked the mystery of the main character in the movie, but it was also interesting to get more details on her life. Of course, what I loved so much about the mo ...more
Sean Kennedy
As novelisations go, this one isn't too bad as it tries to delve deeper into the backstories of the characters and reveal more about their lives before they all became entangled. However, the problem is The Piano is such a visually brilliant film with haunting imagery that really can't be recreated on the page. Nor can the music, so important to the character of Ada, be rendered in print. But it is nevertheless an interesting companion piece to the film.
Katie J Schwartz
I was not impressed by this book. The there wasn't enough depth to the characters for them to be interesting, and the plot was rather boring. I also felt that the conclusion was a cop-out: Stewart chops off Ada's finger and then...lets her go. What? Where's the struggle? And I was creeped out by Baines pretty much molesting Ada while she was playing the piano.

Ingewemme
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a very intense book about the silence of a female world and sexual awakening in the midst of New Zealand. I liked it very much and felt thrown into the rainy, wet, rural New Zealand world. The book is very moving and also the film adaption with Helen Hunt does the book justice. Both worth getting to know.
أمل
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
من الروايات التي تقرأها بأُذنيك ، قصتها جديدة ومرهفة تسير على
وتيرة واحدة فلا فرق بين نقطة البدء وجذوة العمل
علاقة الراوية بشخوصها سطحية وباردة جدا في جميع الأدوار عدا دور البطلة فكأنها تحكي قصتها، لذا أخفقت في عرض الشخصيات الٱخرى
Julie
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
The emotions run so deep with these characters. They are intense and unusual and the setting is primitive and lush. The Victorian era was one of suppression (mostly for women) and this one particular woman comes to life and regains her life in the most unexpected way. Good story.
Rene Ijzermans
Sep 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Nee, de film niet gezien. Bewust. Eerst het boek, waar ik vanwege het romantische karakter erg aan moest wennen. Bedacht me ook dat ik sinds lange tijd weer eens een vrouwelijke auteur las. Hoe komt dat? Maar enfin, het boek. Een bijzonder verhaal, al kostte het me moeite het boek telkens weer op te pakken. Hoewel het boek de nodige contrastvolle beelden in me opriep en het verhaal op zich zeer aantrekkelijk was, had ik er toch moeite mee. Om te beginnen: door traumatische ervaringen kan iemand ...more
Marina Kahn
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Picked this up at a book sale for the New Orleans Symphony Volunteers, it looked interesting and I had seen the movie back in 1993 when it was first released and was really taken in by the movie. I thought it was one of the most romantic & erotic movies without nudity. I did not know that Jane Campion who directed the movie had also written the story. The book is not as intense as the movie but it does tell us more about Ada McGrath and what is going on inside her.
Set in a muddy, dreary, fro
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Diara Galadriel Arcoisis Martimoz
A veces lo que más nos apasiona o lo que se vuelve maravillo en nuestras vidas, es aquello que te trae más penas y desgracias. Eso es lo que me llevo de este libro. ¿Y para qué sufrir tanto si desde el principio a pesar de que traía alegrías eran más los llantos que producía la afición? La respuesta es simple, eso que te causa placer y confort, para eso a lo que eres bueno, se torna oscuro y doloroso únicamente para hacerte más fuerte, para estés listo sobre los nuevos retos que han de llegar.
Stephanie
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well, this was certainly different. I picked this book up because I was missing New Zealand, and this story is set there. It has lived in my library for many years, waiting for me to read it.

I've never seen the movie this novel is based on, so I had no expectations. I see that some reviewers felt that the story was told from too far of a narrative distance, but I rather liked it. I often feel bogged down with characters' tiresome thoughts, especially in romantic stories, and I thought this book
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Olivia Louise
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such an emotional tide.
Elda Adele
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cimelio per chi ha amato il film
Betül Aydoğan
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feminist bakış açısıyla bu kadından hep etkilenmişimdir. Kitaplarının film uyarlamaları da gayet başarılıdır. En sevdiğim romanı
Susanne.Staplesyahoo.Com
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful
Lauren
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2010
Debo decir que por lo general suelo leer un libro y después, si me entero de su adaptación, la película. E incluso si voy a ver una película y descubro que tiene libro, entonces no la veo hasta que no haya leído el libro como me ha pasado con La última canción ó Querido John, y que espero remendar pronto. En este caso, la película de El Piano la vi hace muchos años, en la televisión, y simplemente debo decir que me encantó por muchas cosas:


-La férrea voluntad de su protagonista
-Su enorme pasión
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Marthe Bijman
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Piano - A Novel is remarkably seductive and a fine piece of erotic romance writing. It pulls the reader headlong into the setting of mid-19th century New Zealand, and the inner life of main character Ada McGrath, who arrives in New Zealand harbouring a passion for playing her piano, but does not speak. Ada is a dedicated pianist, and will do almost anything to get back her piano from one of the locals, George Baines. For both Ada McGrath and George Baines the piano becomes a symbol of what t ...more
Carole Tyrrell
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the film and the However, the background to Flora's conception and Ada's devotion to the piano are expanded on here a little as is Baines' past. soundtrack and the novelisation brought it all back. However, it doesn't appear to add anything to the film as it is a straightforward narrative of the script. A tale of obsession and a love story, it was an art house movie.
Ada arrives in 19th century New Zealand from Scotalnd, with her nine year old, illegitimate daughter Flora. She is an elec
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Rolanda
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I try to read books before watching the movie. I happen to watch the movie before reading the book in this case. While the movie still remains one of my favorite, like always the book was better. There is more detail in the book about Ada's previous life. Her life before she was sold as a mail order bride to a man in New Zealand. The story of Ada and her Daughter Flora going to a new land, a new life filled with new troubles. Ada does not speak, not because she can't but because she chooses not ...more
BeeQuiet
May 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
You can tell this book was not written by a novelist, even though she did have help from one. Interesting idea, think it could have been executed far better though. I think I should probably make an effort to watch the flm sometime, I'll probably appreciate it more than the book (how rare). However I really do feel it is more likely because film is the format that this story was made for. The author had this imagining come to life in the form of a film in her mind and some thinhgs just don't tra ...more
Larashi
Feb 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 2011
nemu buku ini di perpus kantor yg sudah usang
wuah..period gitu settingnya jadi langsung diambil deh
ceritanya tentang Ada yang bisu beserta putrinya Flora yang pindah ke New Zealand untuk bertemu dengan calon suami Ada yg dijanjikan.

Ada ini dari umur 6 tahun mogok bicara. ada insiden penyebabnya. di NZ, dia tinggal dengan suami barunya Alisdar yang dingin dan kaku. Ada pula tokoh George Baines yang terkesan kasar namun diam2 menyimpan bara asmara pada Ada. P

Cerita intinya dirajut oleh kecintaan A
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Francine Maessen
Jun 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Well, that was horrible.

I read this book for a course in adaptation studies, since it's a novellisation of a movie. I can honestly say, the movie was better. That one I actually liked.
Campion uses the book to explain certain mysterious things from the movie. Which is ok, I mean, I liked the mystery in the movie, but I was also curious to know the reasons. But apperently the reasons are absolute bullcrap. Everything that got explained was a horrible motivation for the thing! Never some deep phil
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Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, the daughter of Edith, an actress, and Richard Campion, a theater and opera director.[1] She graduated in Anthropology from Victoria University in 1975, and with a painting major at the Sydney College of the Arts in 1979. She started making films in the early eighties at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.
Her first short film, Peel (1982) w
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