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Highly imaginative, obsessive and truly magical
on 15 June 2010
Highly imaginative, obsessive and truly magical novel by Daniel Mason. A combination of fiction, fantasy and travelogue, an ambitious but intriguing piece of work by Mason.
The plot seems to be travel fantasy - Edgar Drake, a piano tuner with perfection in Erards, travels in to darkest jungles of Burma and India.in 1886 to help the Surgeon-Major Anthony Carroll. A sea voyage and boat journey in to the remotest possible place one would imagine to repair and tune a piano - a special piano, a peacemaker.
The novel takes you to trip of tropical Burma, in the setting of British imperialism. By the time you will finish the novel you would have imagined the life, the people and the nature there. You would have relived Burma of 19th century, through the eyes of 21st century student.
At times, especially in initial few chapters, the story line seems to be very confusing and moves all over the place. But there are sensuous, magical and intriguing moments that haunt you until you finish the novel.
"The Piano Tuner" is a beautiful story and I hope Daniel Mason's next novel "A Far Country" (haven't read it yet) is as delightful as this one. Positively recommend reading atleast once.
good - imaginative, obsessive, intriguing, sensuous
not so good - not well researched, overemotional at places
-- ashutosh jhureley