Sandra Miller, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Sandra Miller)
With a quiet and exquisitely written narrative we are invited into and asked to share a deep and passionate journey into real relationships, a community of music lovers, and the artistry/craftmanship that makes this possible. It is and isn't about the music itself which is remarkable in a way, but when the music rises to prominence in vignettes within the larger story it takes your breath away, just as it did for Thad Carhart. If you love music, if you love pianos, or if you just like an extremely well written memoir, read this.
Erika Swain, September 19, 2009 (view all comments by Erika Swain)
I love this book. LOVE IT. I read it years ago and have passed it around to so many of my friends. Such a beautiful writing style and an amazing story.
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The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier
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by San Francisco Chronicle,
"[Carhart's] writing is fluid and lovely enough to lure the rustiest plunker back to the piano bench and the most jaded traveler back to Paris."
by The New York Times,
"Captivating...[Carhart] joins the tiny company of foreigners who have written of the French as verbs....What he tries to capture is not the sight of them, but what they see."
by The Washington Post,
"Thoroughly engaging...In part it is a book about that most unpredictable and pleasurable of human experiences, serendipity....The book is also about something more difficult to pin down, friendship and community."
by The New Yorker,
"Carhart writes with a sensuousness enhanced by patience and grounded by the humble acquisition of new insight into music, his childhood, and his relationship to the city of Paris."
This intimate and idiosyncratic history of the piano and a view into the secret heart of Paris life is written by an American expatriate, who details his attempts to gain entry into a piano shop where locals gathered to discuss music, love, and life.
by Random House,
Walking his two young children to school every morning, Thad Carhart passes an unassuming little storefront in his Paris neighborhood. Intrigued by its simple sign — Desforges Pianos — he enters, only to have his way barred by the shop's imperious owner. Unable to stifle his curiosity, he finally lands the proper introduction, and a world previously hidden is brought into view. Luc, the atelier's master, proves an indispensable guide to the history and art of the piano. Intertwined with the story of a musical friendship are reflections on how pianos work, their glorious history, and stories of the people who care for them, from amateur pianists to the craftsmen who make the mechanism sing. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is at once a beguiling portrait of a Paris not found on any map and a tender account of the awakening of a lost childhood passion.
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