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The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee
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I didn't know much about Japan's invasion of Hong Kong during WWII, and this novel gave me some insight into the conquerer's horific treatment of the citizens of the losing nations there. That was interesting. Also compelling were the characters of Claire Pendleton, the English woman who arrives with her husband Martin in Hong Kong ten years after the Japanese invasion and becomes the piano teacher to Locket, the daughter of the wealthy Chen family, and she begins an illicit affair with Will; Will Truesdale, an Englishman who arrives in Hong Kong in 1942 and who falls in love with Trudy; and Trudy Liang, a strikingly beautiful Eurasian (Portuguese and Chinese) socialite. While some of the citizens are jailed/herded into internment camps, starved, and treated badly, others, including Trudy, Dominick,cousin Melody Chen and Melody's husband Victor are able to remain on the outside although they are forced to compromise their values in order to survive. The author takes us from the past to the present, gradually revealing how each of the characters deals with war. Quite good!
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Maria Aren't Amy Tan's books, too, like The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife, good sources re this subject? By the way, Elfriede Jellinek (Nobel Prize) wrote the first The Piano Teacher in the early 80s, and I'm still sickened by it. I guess this is more palatable.


Susan Hmmm....I didn't know of Jellinek's Nobel winning book.


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