The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

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In 1886 a shy, middle-aged piano tuner named Edgar Drake receives an unusual commission from the British War Office: to travel to the remote jungles of northeast Burma and there repair a rare piano belonging to an eccentric army surgeon who has proven mysteriously indispensable to the imperial design. From this irresistible beginning, The Piano Tuner launches its protagonist into a world of seductive loveliness and nightmarish intrigue. And as he follows Drake’s journey, Mason dazzles readers with his erudition, moves them with his vibrantly rendered characters, and enmeshes them in the unbreakable spell of his storytelling.


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About Daniel Mason

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Daniel Mason received his bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard in 1998 and spent a year studying malaria on the Thai-Myanmar border, where much of The Piano Tuner was written. He is currently a medical student at the University of California, San Francisco.
 
Published December 16, 2003 by Vintage. 336 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime. Fiction

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A rattling good story, complex characterizations, and a brilliantly realized portrayal of an alien culture—all combine to dazzling effect in this first by a California medical student who has worked and studied in the Far East.

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Twenty-six-year-old Mason has penned a satisfying, if at times rather slow, debut historical novel. Edgar Drake lives a quiet life in late 19th-century London as a tuner of rare pianos. When he

Jul 01 2002 | Read Full Review of The Piano Tuner

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For a while, Drake thinks he has found his time and place, but as the story of Carroll's paradise slowly unfolds, Mason, in a highly dextrous and involving performance of his own, allows one or two discordant notes in to threaten the harmony.

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("You won't find Mae Lwin on any maps," the colonel at the War Office tells Drake meaningfully.) Carroll's methods of forging alliances with the Shan are unusual: he speaks Shan, he knows the local flora and fauna, he pacifies the dacoits with poetry and music, he has studied with a local monk, a...

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Twenty-six-year-old Mason has penned a satisfying, if at times rather slow, debut historical novel. Edgar Drake lives a quiet life in late 19th-century London as a tuner of rare pianos. When he

Jul 01 2002 | Read Full Review of The Piano Tuner

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This month’s Brown Bag Book Discussion at the Columbia County Library will revolve around a book entitled The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason.

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In the novel, Drake's services have been requested by British Surgeon-Major Anthony Carroll, a military maverick stationed in Mae Lwin desperate to have his rare Erard grand piano repaired.

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