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Upt turn after the Japanese occupation and though The Piano PDF or 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 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 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 StorylineThe story switches points of view between 1953 and 1942 when World War II has struck Hong Kong In 1953 Claire and Martin Pendleton a recently married English couple have moved to Hong Kong Claire becomes a piano teacher teaching a young girl named Locket Her parents the Chens employ Will Truesdale as their driver whom Claire eventually begins to have an affair with In 1942 Trudy Liang a Eurasian and Will Truesdale an Englishman are lovers WWII strikes Hong Kong Will ends up in a POW camp and Trudy forms some treacherous alliances in order to keep him alive and as safe as possibleThoughtsThe women in this story were borderline impossible to like Claire s habit of stealing various items from the Chen household was the most strange and it was never really explained There would just be occasional references to her dropping things into her purse maybe it was explained I may have simply missed it Everyone seemed to be enthralled with Trudy and I couldn t understand why She was charming in an overly obnoxious way and seemed to have uite a big head People have always expected me to be bad and thoughtless and shallow and I do my best to accommodate their expectations I sink to their expectations one might say I think it s the ultimate suggestibility of most of us We are social beings We live in a social world with other people and so we wish to be as they see us even if it is detrimental to ourselves As the story progresses you get the whole story of what she ended up doing because of her love for Will and you can t help but dislike her a little less except not really I had an emotional disconnect with this story and despite Trudy s protestations of love for Will I couldn t see it Essentially I found Trudy s actions to be selfish than not that all she did was to protect herself Bit of a disappointment from what I had anticipated Out of Bounds (Boundaries, uite as much as I had hoped The story was riveting however the characters were tremendously shallow hard to Grass, Sky, Song understand and extremely hard to likeThe StorylineThe story switches points of view between 1953 and 1942 when World War II has struck Hong Kong In 1953 Claire and Martin Pendleton a recently married English couple have moved to Hong Kong Claire becomes a piano teacher teaching a young girl named Locket Her parents the Chens employ Will Truesdale as their driver whom Claire eventually begins to have an affair with In 1942 Trudy Liang a Eurasian and Will Truesdale an Englishman are lovers WWII strikes Hong Kong Will ends Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos up in a POW camp and Trudy forms some treacherous alliances in order to keep him alive and as safe as possibleThoughtsThe women in this story were borderline impossible to like Claire s habit of stealing various items from the Chen household was the most strange and it was never really explained There would just be occasional references to her dropping things into her purse maybe it was explained I may have simply missed it Everyone seemed to be enthralled with Trudy and I couldn t The Illusionists understand why She was charming in an overly obnoxious way and seemed to have O Último Testamento (Maggie Costello, uite a big head People have always expected me to be bad and thoughtless and shallow and I do my best to accommodate their expectations I sink to their expectations one might say I think it s the One for My Baby ultimate suggestibility of most of Paragon Walk (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, us We are social beings We live in a social world with other people and so we wish to be as they see We us even if it is detrimental to ourselves As the story progresses you get the whole story of what she ended The Moon Platoon (Space Runners, up doing because of her love for Will and you can t help but dislike her a little less except not really I had an emotional disconnect with this story and despite Trudy s protestations of love for Will I couldn t see it Essentially I found Trudy s actions to be selfish than not that all she did was to protect herself Bit of a disappointment from what I had anticipated

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's 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 I completed this novel feeling frustrated and deflated Yee could have expanded what she had so capably initiatedThe manner which she utilized to relate this tale is often muddled and confusing The story is set in Hong Kong and weaves back and forth between the 40 s and 50 s She has clearly demonstrated the attitudes of class among the British Americans and the native people On one hand there are the people who are leading their frivolous existences similar to the Gatsby era and then there are those who humbly serve them Character development was often flat and awkward The time when the Japanese invaded and occupied Hong Kong was horrifying and detailed but much was left unresolved This chapter in history has been so much aptly addressed in other literature While trying to accomplish this Yee has given the reader too little attempting to tell too many stories and then omitting items which could have made her novel satisfyingThe actions of her main characters were not clearly defined nor always resolved satisfactorily The conclusion of the book was abrupt leaving the main character the piano teacher suspended in a strange and uncharacteristic situation

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Exotic Hong Kong takes center stage in this sumptuous novel set in the s and 's 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 take an abr 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 thought Claire was the most boring protagonist in the whole book The story alternates in Hong Kong between Will Truesdale British and Trudy Liang Eurasian Portuguese Chinese mix in the year 1941 before the start of the second world war Then there is Claire s story with Will in the year 1952 Claire British married to Martin ultimately unknowingly entangles herself with the rich through piano tutoring lessons with the Chen s daughter Locket and then in having an affair with their British driver WillThe story slowly weaves in the beginning untangling itself in the middle It is such a good WWII book with nothing to do with the Holocaust The British have colonized Hong Kong trying to separate itself from China There are many rich having to do with the government living at that time Then the war hits Hong Kong is invaded by the terrorist fascist Japanese living in the abandoned homes taking shits in every room to celebrate beheading anyone in their way raping amah s and any woman caught on her own The rich are now living in jails in their own feces contaminated waters little to eat with so many dark secrets The British get the worst treatment by far which in this period is understandable The Americans get treated the best and have the most to eat which makes one wonder whose side they were on originally before it all went downThe story is the best in 1941 Trudy and Will s story and the corruption of the war There are many shady characters and so many twists I didn t see coming War shows what a person is willing to do to get by and shows one s true character in a time of crisis I would HIGHLY recommend this story to WWII or historical fiction readers esp those looking for Japanese based stories I couldn t get to the end fast enough now I can take a breath SO GOOD


About the Author: Janice Y.K. Lee

Janice Y K Lee was born and raised in Hong Kong the child of Korean immigrants She went to the United States for school and graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English and American Literature and LanguageAfter college she moved to New York and worked for several years as an editor at Elle and Mirabella magazines before getting an MFA from Hunter College and starting her first nove.



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 d

  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 par

  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 th

  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 linear story any Seems like every book I pick up these days uses this kind of device

  5. says:

    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 to find books that explore the non Western experience The Piano Teacher explores how lives in

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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 t

  7. says:

    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 m

  8. says:

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

  9. says:

    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 were but by the end of the book seemed to have found themselves and some sort of happ

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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

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