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The Piano Teacher Kindle Edition
"A lush examination of East-West relations."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"[An] exceptional first novel...a powerful treatment of a precarious place where deceit and betrayal and their consequences are not confined to the war years."-- "BookPage"
"A standout debut dealing with the rigors of love and survival during a time of war...[with] layers of intrigue and more than a few unexpected twists. Lee covers a little-known time in Chinese history without melodrama, and deconstructs without judgment the choices people make in order to live one more day under torturous circumstances."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"Cassidy handles various accents expertly and has a keen sense of irony."-- "Publishers Weekly (audio review)"
"Cinematic...Lee unfolds [the] story...with the brisk grace."-- "New Yorker"
"Evocative, poignant and skillfully crafted, The Piano Teacher is more than an epic tale of war and a tangled, tortured love story. It is the kind of novel one consumes in great, greedy gulps, pausing (grudgingly) only when absolutely necessary."-- "Chicago Tribune"
"Janice Y.K. Lee delivers a standout debut."-- "Boston Globe"
"Orlagh Cassidy's narration starts languorously, allowing listeners to slip into the exotic, sensual world that Claire Pendleton finds when she moves to Hong Kong in 1952...Cassidy steps up the passion as she dramatizes flashbacks to 1942 Hong Kong and the world of Truesdale. These chapters take center stage as Cassidy portrays the intriguing Eurasian Trudy Liang, who enchants and mystifies both Truesdale and audio listeners. Cassidy shifts her tone again as this luminous world changes to one of torment under the Japanese occupation. As the tension builds and the characters' stories come together, Cassidy shifts her initial coolness into a heated performance."-- "AudioFile "
"War, love, betrayal...intensely readable."-- "O, The Oprah Magazine"
Janice Y.K. Lee makes a powerful entry into the literary world with this lush, intriguing novel of Hong Kong on the edge of World War II and, then, its aftermath. Creating characters as exotic and mysterious as the story's locale, she portrays a society that was lost, a façade that eventually brought horrific costs to most of its members. An Indie Next Selection.-- "Bill Cusumano, American Booksellers Association" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
From the Back Cover
It's 1952 and 32-year-old Claire arrives in Hong Kong with her new (and dull) husband Martin. Using her marriage to escape a bitter mother and non-existent home life in England, Claire takes a position in Hong Kong as piano teacher to Locket, the daughter of wealthy socialite Chinese parents. She swiftly becomes intrigued by the family's unconventional English driver, the charismatic and enigmatic Will Truesdale...
Claire's love affair with Will is interwoven with events in the early 1940s in Hong Kong - and another, very passionate, and tragically doomed love affair, Japanese brutality and secrets betrayed.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00WDRMG0U
- Publisher : Fourth Estate (21 May 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 752 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 348 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 278,155 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Anyway I read it on holiday last week, hoping it would indeed be 'this season's Atonement' as it said on the cover - it wasn't, and if I were Ian McEwan I might contact the Trades Description people to get the sticker removed!
It was quite good in transporting me back (in an imaginary way, I am not that old) to 1940s and 1950s Hong Kong, but not was good as Ballard's 'Empire of the Sun' (okay that was Shanghai but you know what I mean) and I was surprised that was not one of her references.
Other than that it's an average love story which as other people have suggested doesn't really tie up too well. Why she is 'The Piano Teacher' I have no idea, she could have been anything, and why the stealing - I assumed the bit about the china Dog at the beginning would be revealed to be part of the main plot (but unless I missed something it wasn't).
Still credit to JYK Lee for writing a best seller - perhaps her next novel will be better, but I won' be rushing to read it.