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An extraordinary first novel that tells the story of a British piano tuner sent deep into Burma in the nineteenth century.

In October 1886, Edgar Drake receives a strange request from the British War Office: he must leave his wife and his quiet life in London to travel to the jungles of Burma, where a rare Erard grand piano is in need of repair. The piano belongs to an army surgeon-major whose unorthodox peacemaking methods — poetry, medicine, and now music — have brought a tentative quiet to the southern Shan States but have elicited questions from his superiors.

On his journey through Europe, the Red Sea, India, and into Burma, Edgar meets soldiers, mystics, bandits, and tale-spinners, as well as an enchanting woman as elusive as the surgeon-major. And at the doctor's fort on a remote Burmese river, Edgar encounters a world more mysterious and dangerous than he ever could have imagined.

Sensuous, lyrical, rich with passion and adventure, this is a hypnotic tale of myth, romance, and self-discovery: an unforgettable novel.

Review:

"Excellent....[Mason's] powerful prose style and his ability to embrace history, politics, nature and medicine...[is] astonishing." The New York Times Book Review

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"Daniel Mason's ambitious, lyrical The Piano Tuner...[possesses] genuine moments of ominous beauty....Readers...should be intrigued by the mix of historical detail, lush settings, and equally lush language." San Jose Mercury News

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"A smart, entertaining adventure." Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"Richly imagined, The Piano Tuner winds like a lazy river, carrying the reader into the mythic land of Kipling and Conrad." People

Review:

"Mason proves himself equally adept at scenes of wry humor and moments of rapture; most remarkable, he has written a profound adventure story with an unexpected climax, as the mild piano tuner finally becomes the hero of his own life." The New Yorker

Review:

"[A] seductive and lyrical novel that probes the brutalities and compromises of colonization, even as it celebrates the elusive powers of music and the imagination." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Review:

"Luminous....Mason's writing achieves that kind of reverie in which every vision, tone, flavor and sensation is magnified." The Los Angeles Times

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"This is an utterly involving first novel, rich in historical detail and as lulling as Burma itself. Mason's language is at once tropically lush and as precise as a Bach prelude." Library Journal

Review:

"An extraordinary piece of work. The Piano Tuner is a novel of journeys and the shifting grounds of perception, but at heart it is a story of the human urge to be absorbed fully into life, to cease to be a bystander, to be thrust into the essential dreamscape of human strivings. Daniel Mason's debut is shining and striking. He transported me thoroughly, well beyond the initial reading. Days later, the scenes shift and stir and agitate within me. This is writing of deep potency and resonance. Of beauty and pain and all things in between." Jeffrey Lent, author of In the Fall and Lost Nation

Synopsis:

In 1886, piano tuner Edgar Drake leaves his quiet life in London for the jungles of Burma, where he has been asked to repair a rare Erard grand piano belonging to a British army surgeon-major who uses the piano and music to help keep the peace among warring local Burmese princes. A first novel. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400077717
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Literary
Author:
Mason, Daniel
Author:
Gaines, Ernest J.
Author:
Daniel Mason
Subject:
Fiction-Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Burma
Subject:
Piano technicians
Subject:
British
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20030819
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
336

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Product details 336 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9781400077717 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Excellent....[Mason's] powerful prose style and his ability to embrace history, politics, nature and medicine...[is] astonishing."
"Review" by , "Daniel Mason's ambitious, lyrical The Piano Tuner...[possesses] genuine moments of ominous beauty....Readers...should be intrigued by the mix of historical detail, lush settings, and equally lush language."
"Review" by , "A smart, entertaining adventure."
"Review" by , "Richly imagined, The Piano Tuner winds like a lazy river, carrying the reader into the mythic land of Kipling and Conrad."
"Review" by , "Mason proves himself equally adept at scenes of wry humor and moments of rapture; most remarkable, he has written a profound adventure story with an unexpected climax, as the mild piano tuner finally becomes the hero of his own life."
"Review" by , "[A] seductive and lyrical novel that probes the brutalities and compromises of colonization, even as it celebrates the elusive powers of music and the imagination."
"Review" by , "Luminous....Mason's writing achieves that kind of reverie in which every vision, tone, flavor and sensation is magnified."
"Review" by , "This is an utterly involving first novel, rich in historical detail and as lulling as Burma itself. Mason's language is at once tropically lush and as precise as a Bach prelude."
"Review" by , "An extraordinary piece of work. The Piano Tuner is a novel of journeys and the shifting grounds of perception, but at heart it is a story of the human urge to be absorbed fully into life, to cease to be a bystander, to be thrust into the essential dreamscape of human strivings. Daniel Mason's debut is shining and striking. He transported me thoroughly, well beyond the initial reading. Days later, the scenes shift and stir and agitate within me. This is writing of deep potency and resonance. Of beauty and pain and all things in between."
"Synopsis" by , In 1886, piano tuner Edgar Drake leaves his quiet life in London for the jungles of Burma, where he has been asked to repair a rare Erard grand piano belonging to a British army surgeon-major who uses the piano and music to help keep the peace among warring local Burmese princes. A first novel. Reprint. 125,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , 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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