Rich, atmospheric, and evocative of the sights, smells and textures of 19th century burma, the piano tuner is an astonishingly accomplished first novel. With this promising debut, mason now joins the ranks of jonathan safran foer and nick mcdonnell in the under30 set of. I am able to cover this area from my two locations based in glasgow and the isle of lismore. Chopin on a steinway a recordings by grandpianomancontinue readingaudio samples. On a misty london afternoon in 1886, piano tuner edgar drake receives a strange request from the war office. His writing has been translated into 28 languages, adapted for opera and stage and shortlisted for the james tait black memorial prize and the northern california book award. Edgar drake, a piano tuner living in victorian london, is commissioned by the army to travel to burma to fix the piano of surgeonmajor carroll. The piano tuner s offerings of engaging history, drama and largescale thematic rumination seem even more impressive when one considers that mason is only 26, and that he wrote the novel while a fulltime medical student.
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Drakes subsequent journey across europe, the red sea and. Daniel mason has woven together an elegant and unusually engrossing story, one that offers the reader the best possible journeyinto a world that no longer exists. Roger is a qualified and insured, piano tuner with over twenty. Daniel mason sends his hero on a quest into the burmese jungle in the piano tuner. He collapsed psychologically having failed in a renowned competition and henceforth works as a piano tuner. A few strongly coloured, curious images hang in the mind from this intriguing and alluring first novel. The piano tuner participates in a tradition of literary works that try to fathom colonized cultures vastly different from the authors own. In mildmannered london, 188687, piano tuner edgar drake is persuaded by the british war office to travel to mandalay and beyond, during the third of a succession of angloburmese wars, to fulfill a strange request from an army surgeonmajor serving in burma. A pianist finds himself once again facing the performance anxiety demons that he so desperately tries to evade. The piano tuner by daniel mason 2jan2004 paperback unknown binding. Exquisitely told, this classic is a richly sensuous story of adventure, discovery, and how we confront our most deeply held fears and desires. The piano tuner daniel mason knopf hardcover 336 pages september 2002. This detailed literature summary also contains topics for discussion on the piano tuner by daniel mason.
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Michiko kakutani, the new york times in 1886 a shy, middleaged piano tuner named edgar drake receives an unusual commission from. Edgar drake, a fortyoneyearold english piano tuner, accepts a commission from the 1886 british war office to tune an erard grand piano located in a colonial military outpost in mae lwin commanded by surgeonmajor anthony carroll. As remedy to this life, he invents a blind persons mask to penetrate into the intimacy of his customers. Ingo hoffman is now around seventy years old, and in his field he is the best. Daniel mason was born and raised in northern california. Joel is registered with the the piano technicians guild. If the piano hasnt been tuned for over a year or two, there is a good chance it will need a pitch rase. Daniel mason is the author of the piano tuner 2002, a far country 2007, and the winter soldier 2018. It immerses the reader in a distant world with startling immediacy and ardor.
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