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The Piano Tuner (Paperback, New edition)
The Piano Tuner (Paperback, New edition): Daniel Mason

The Piano Tuner (Paperback, New edition)

Daniel Mason

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It is 1880s London, and piano tuner Edgar Drake has been asked to meet with two senior army officials. A highly decorated although somewhat eccentric officer has requested that a specialist piano tuner be sent to the eastern reaches of Upper Burma to repair a rare Erard grand piano. Initially taken aback by this strange request, Edgar discusses it with his wife Katherine and comes to the conclusion that it is the very least that he can do for his country. The journey from London takes more than two months and Edgar finds it utterly captivating. He is looking forward to meeting the enigmatic Surgeon-Major Anthony Carroll, the owner of the piano, but in Mandalay, where he arrives before embarking on the final leg of his journey to Mae Lwin, he receives devastating news. Renewed fighting in the mountains has left many dead. Edgar is informed that the army considers the risk too high for a civilian and he is to be sent home to London as soon as it can be arranged. Bitterly disappointed, he prepares for his journey home. That night, however, a special emissary of Carroll's arrives to take him to Mae Lwin, and even though Edgar knows that it will be without the blessing or protection of the British forces, months of curiosity and wonder push him into action. Despite a sense of foreboding, Edgar takes his first furtive steps into the unknown and in doing so changes his life forever. This is an exquisite novel. Powerfully written, it will captivate your heart and mind with its beautiful language and evocative characterization, and the story of Edgar's gradual transformation is unforgettably moving. (Kirkus UK)
In 1886 London, married piano tuner Edgar Drake is requested by the War Office to travel to the jungles of Burma to tune a rare Erard grand piano which belongs to a Surgeon-Major who is credited with making peace in the war-torn Shan States. So begins a tale of myth, romance and self-discovery.

General

Imprint: Picador
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: 2003
Authors: Daniel Mason
Dimensions: 234 x 153mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-330-49268-3
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Historical fiction
LSN: 0-330-49268-3
Barcode: 9780330492683

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