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The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason
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Sep 22, 2008

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bookshelves: booksofthepast
Recommended for: fans of "The Red Tent" who don't mind a lesser work

Books are not perfect things. They're flawed and crooked and sometimes a bit childish. This book is very much an imperfect book, but still a wonder in some ways. It tells the story of Edgar Drake, a Londoner who is hired to tune a rare piano that is crucial to British war efforts in Burma. On his trip to Burma and to the piano that is hidden in the Burmese country-side readers are taken to a place of startling and confusing beauty and fall in love with it through the eyes of a sunburnt, malaria-susceptible Englishman.

The imperfections of the book- the unnecessarily long first half, the somewhat melodramatic narrative, and the sometimes thin creation of Drake's character- don't overwhelm what is a really lovely first effort.

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