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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (17 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330492675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330492676
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.6 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After graduating at the top of his class at Harvard in 1998 with awards in sceince and creative writing, Mason spent a year studying malaria on the Thai-Myanmar border before beginning medical school in San Francisco. He will graduate in 2003. A seasoned lecturer, brilliant and inexhaustible, he couldn't be more promotable.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Seijbel on 3 Jun 2003
Format: Paperback
The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Mason is a master in taking you to another place, and another time. I was attracted to this book by its title, but although music is more of a background item I was not disappointed at all.
The book begins in London in the 1880s. Edgar Drake is a piano tuner who gets an assignment from the British government of War to go to Burma to tune a piano of someone called Carroll. The man is a doctor in the middle of nowhere near the border with Thailand. He uses music to bring peace amongst the fighting parties in this area. First he has a flute, but apparently he more likes a piano for his efforts (although the book doesn't tell us) and a piano was shipped some years ago from London to Burma. Of course, because of the tropical climate, the piano got out of tune within weeks after its arrival.
Since the British ministry of War finds Carrolls efforts to bring peace in the area effective, although somewhat strange, they support him in trying to find a piano tuner. Edgar Drake is appointed to go to Burma because he is a specialist in piano's built by Errard, the same builder that made the piano that now is in Burma. Drake is not a very adventures person, but his wife urges him to go, because this is an opportunity of a lifetime to see more of the world for him. And more of this world he will see! In the first part of the book Mason tells of Drake's travels through the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and India. On his journey he hears many strange and fairytale-like stories about docter Carroll. As a reader, you become as fascinated by Carroll as Drake is. You cannot wait till they meet. They do meet exactly in the middle of the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathrine on 30 Jun 2003
Format: Paperback
Edgar Drake, 38 year old piano tuner with Erards as speciality, is summoned to help the eccentric Surgeon-Major Anthony Carroll in Burma. The year being 1886, the journey to repair and tune this piano, takes quite a long time, compared with the the task itself. We come with Edgar on the ship going east, meeting people of all creeds, nationalities and outlooks. Coming to Burma, seeing the people and the nature there, gives Edgar a new view of life.
A beatifully written novel! This is a book for all senses. As Edgar experiences the world around him through hearing and smelling and feeling as much as through his eyesight, the reader is in for a rare treat.
Unfortunately the writer has been a bit too preoccupied with being politically correct: we definitely see Edgar's 1886 life through the eyes of a person living in 2003.
Nevertheless, "The Piano Tuner" is a beautiful story, and I recommend it warmly. Daniel Mason is very young, and I hope he will continue writing beautiful, sensuous books in the future.
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I bought this hard cover book from an agent of Amazon and must say it was beautifully packed and in fabulous condition. And this book was signed while a wonderful read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DubaiReader TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
I listened to the Audio CD, narrated by Graeme Malcom, which does not seem to be listed on Amzon.co.uk.
There was some abridgement in my version, possibly of some of the language that has slowed readers down in the early stages of this book.

Edgar Drake, a piano tumer in the late nineteenth century, is entrusted with the task of travelling to remote ares of Burma to tune a piano. The piano belongs to Surgeon-Major Anthony Carroll, a doctor who appears to be negotiating peace through music.
We join Drake on his journey from England, over land and water, meeting some interesting characters on the way. But it is on arrival at the fort of Mae Lwyn, his destination, that the story begins to gather momentum. As he tunes the piano, events are escalating in the surrounding area and he becomes drawn in unwittingly.
The denouement was a surprise and I'm still not sure if I found it clever or disappointing, it was certainly food for thought.

I found the CD beautiflly evocative of the sights, sounds and smells of Burma, a place I have read little about.
I have a copy of the book on my shelves and may well read it again, meanwhile I'll be on the lookout for his recently published "A Far Country".
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BJ on 17 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
This is a brilliantly written book but not one to read if you like a happy ending. But was it all a dream!
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