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Exotic Hong Kong takes center stage in this sumptuous novel set in the 1940s and '50s It's a city teeming with people sights sounds and smells and it's home to a group of foreign nationals who enjoy the good life among the local moneyed set in a tight knit social enclave distanced from the culture at large Comfortable clever and even a bit dazzling they revel in their fancy dinners and fun parties But their sheltered lives tak Two days ago I thought my review of this book would be uite different than it is Two days ago I was on page 113 of this book and I was getting frustrated with the vapid characters who were either spending all their time acting the part of the privileged upper class English ex pats in Hong Kong or in Claire s case stealing trinkets Even the war time surrender of Hong Kong to the Japanese seemed only a minor inconvenience to these people However a mere 13 pages later the story rapidly grows teethThe Piano Teacher tells the story of two separate love affairs in the life of English ex pat Will Truesdale The two events are separated by a span of 12 years In the 1940s Will is new to Hong Kong and in love with a young Eurasian heiress Trudy They fill their days and nights with parties and other pleasant diversions Even the war does little to affect their lifestyle until the Japanese decide to put all the enemy civilians in interment camps Will goes into the camp but Trudy denies her British citizenship and remains free From this point on the story turns into a tragically human story of love betrayal and lossIn the 1950s Will has an affair with a young married woman Claire However Will and Claire s affair simply provides the framework for the bigger picture of what ultimately happened to Will and Trudy during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong La corruptrice in this sumptuous novel set Sweet for Her (Sweet Curves in the 1940s and '50s It's a city teeming with people sights sounds and smells and The Purpose-Guided Universe it's home to a group of foreign nationals who enjoy the good life among the local moneyed set The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion in a tight knit social enclave distanced from the culture at large Comfortable clever and even a bit dazzling they revel The Academy in their fancy dinners and fun parties But their sheltered lives tak Two days ago I thought my review of this book would be uite different than Full Dark, No Stars it If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, is Two days ago I was on page 113 of this book and I was getting frustrated with the vapid characters who were either spending all their time acting the part of the privileged upper class English ex pats 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida in Hong Kong or La ética de la crueldad in Claire s case stealing trinkets Even the war time surrender of Hong Kong to the Japanese seemed only a minor 3052 inconvenience to these people However a mere 13 pages later the story rapidly grows teethThe Piano Teacher tells the story of two separate love affairs Intégrale Gunnm Last Order Other Stories in the life of English ex pat Will Truesdale The two events are separated by a span of 12 years In the 1940s Will Mercator is new to Hong Kong and Pasos perdidos en Granada in love with a young Eurasian heiress Trudy They fill their days and nights with parties and other pleasant diversions Even the war does little to affect their lifestyle until the Japanese decide to put all the enemy civilians Suffering and no suffering in Can We Live 150 Years? interment camps Will goes The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears into the camp but Trudy denies her British citizenship and remains free From this point on the story turns Robs Shiny Dumptruck into a tragically human story of love betrayal and lossIn the 1950s Will has an affair with a young married woman Claire However Will and Claire s affair simply provides the framework for the bigger picture of what ultimately happened to Will and Trudy during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong

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The Piano Teacher

E an abrupt turn after the Japanese occupation and though their reactions are varied denial resistance submission the toll it takes on all is soon laid bare Enter Claire Pendleton from London Months after her husband is transferred to Hong Kong in 1951 she accepts a position as a piano teacher to the daughter of a wealthy couple the Chens Claire begins to see the appeal of the sweltering city and is soon taken in by the Chen's Lee alternates between two different time periods to tell the story of betrayal in war time Hong Kong Does anyone just write a linear story any Seems like every book I pick up these days uses this kind of device I really enjoyed the 1940 s story line of Will and Trudy during the war An Englishman and a Eurasian woman who are in the thick of the pre war social scene and how their lives change when the Japanese invade Hong Kong Will is interned as a prisoner of war and Trudy decides to collaborate to survive Which of course goes awryThe 1950 s storyline is thinner and less compelling Will is now a driver for a rich Chinese businessman Trudy s cousin and he takes up with a naive young Englishwoman who is fresh off the boat with her husband Claire is the piano teacher of the title and unfortunately she a fairly bland and uninteresting character who simply becomes an empty vessel for the story to flow through I enjoyed reading this book but the journey was satisfying than the destination Read this book for the sense of setting the vivid image of pre war Hong Kong the social scene of ex pats and rich locals vying for status but don t expect a plot that will pull you towards a resolution of importance

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Driver the curiously underutilized Will Truesdale A handsome charmer with a mysterious limp Will appears to be the perfect companion for Claire who's often left to her own devices But a further examination leaves her with uestions than answersAn intricately woven tale of lives changed by historical events Lee's debut brings this hothouse flower of a city alive with passion and imagines characters both unforgettable and tragic the salespeople at Borders did me wrong in their defense i had but 10 minutes on my parking meter and made a hasty decision to buy this book and what a book what a dumb book boring story i kept waiting for the story to get moving and it never did this is a slow story about a bunch of english ex pats living in hong kong and going to parties having affairs stealing things Part 2 gets only mildly interesting when the japanese invadeboring boring boring characters i didn t really care what ended happening to themi found claire to be as chiffony i just made that word up as her dresses which were incessantly describedi found will to be exceptionally dull just like his name will my apologies to any wills out there maybe he was totally hot and good in bed and trudy ah trudy could i punch her in face pleaaaase she was so terribly annoying i couldn t take it spoiled brat would sum her up every time her name came up i was irritated perhaps the author is anitcipating this becoming a movie so many visual details of dresses and surroundings and sweat beads running down claire s back that had nothing to do with the story so the scene was set for what a dumb story ug i hate dumb books and what s with the name locket it reminds me of michael jackson s kid Blanket


10 thoughts on “The Piano Teacher

  1. says:

    We are taken to a different place and time the almost forgotten Japanese invasion of Hong Kong in World War II which took place eight hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor For the high flying British citizens who lived a life of carefree excess in Hong Kong – drinks and parties at the British clubs and hotels every day the war hit them like a cement wall They were forced into inhumane internment camps where hunger sualor cold and filt

  2. says:

    Two days ago I thought my review of this book would be uite different than it is Two days ago I was on page 113 of this book and I was getting frustrated with the vapid characters who were either spending all their time acting the pa

  3. says:

    45 I've never thought of a title for a book to be either a good name or a bad name but after reading this brilliant historical fiction book I have to say this is a dumb title for this particular book Looking at the cover you think it's a white female that is a piano teacher probably having an affair and it is all about her BUT NO I

  4. says:

    Lee alternates between two different time periods to tell the story of betrayal in war time Hong Kong Does anyone just write a line

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    I've found that it's easy to find World War II literature that focuses on the Holocaust or on the American experience It's harder t

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    Interested in of my reviews Visit my blogI didn’t enjoy this uite as much as I had hoped The story was riveting; however the characters were tremendously shallow hard to understand and extremely hard to likeThe StorylineT

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    the salespeople at Borders did me wrong in their defense i had but 10 minutes on my parking meter and made a hasty decision to buy this book and what a book what a dumb book boring story i kept waiting for the story to get moving and it never did this is a slow story about a bunch of english ex pats living in hong kong and going to parties having affairs stealing things Part 2 gets only mildly interesting wh

  8. says:

    I completed this novel feeling frustrated and deflated Yee could have expanded what she had so capably initiatedThe manner which she utilized to

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    Another book that I absolutely loved and could not uit reading A WWII story but this one was told about JapaneseChinese which is not what we usually read about A very mixed up love story about people who were very confused about who they wer

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    rating bookshelves read edit status Read in March 2009 read count 1 review The cover of this book The Piano Teacher is its saving grace It is a novel that attempts to provide some insights into conditions in Hong Kong prior to during and after World War II It is a part of the world where the English others and

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