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The Piano Teacher

By Janice Y. K. Lee

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| Hardcover | 9780670020485

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    I was attracted to this book by reading the first few pages while waiting for a friend at a bookstore. It's beautifully written and truly reflected lives of local and expats in Hong Kong.

    However, the first half of the story seemed not very easy to ...(continue)

    I was attracted to this book by reading the first few pages while waiting for a friend at a bookstore. It's beautifully written and truly reflected lives of local and expats in Hong Kong.

    However, the first half of the story seemed not very easy to read; I almost lost of my patience on it. For some reason, the story became interesting and intriguing from pp.114.

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    chih said on Jun 17, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    mah...niente di particolare, si fa leggere ma non lo si rimpiange una volta giunti al termine

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    Samantha said on Mar 4, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    Hong Kong and WW2

    Two intertwined love stories and interesting detail about that period in history - disappointing towards the end.

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    Liz4211 said on Sep 2, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Strongly recommended. Very well written account of wartime Hong Kong and the aftermath.

    'Do you know what it's like to see your life unravel because of something you failed to do... it haunts you like nothing else'

    He shakes her. He wants to bi ...(continue)

    Strongly recommended. Very well written account of wartime Hong Kong and the aftermath.

    'Do you know what it's like to see your life unravel because of something you failed to do... it haunts you like nothing else'

    He shakes her. He wants to bite her cheek, viciously until flesh tears off and blood runs down his chin. He wants to devour her whole, until she feels the pain he has been feeling. The pain he has caused her too.

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    D said on Jun 22, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    I started out reading the book and then switched to listening to the audio version on my MP3 player. I found when I was reading the book it seemed stilted and awkward. It seemed like the author glossed over certain parts and just assumed the reader ...(continue)

    I started out reading the book and then switched to listening to the audio version on my MP3 player. I found when I was reading the book it seemed stilted and awkward. It seemed like the author glossed over certain parts and just assumed the reader was following her thought processes. The audio version did make the words and conversations seem more relevant, but did little to bring the characters to life, especially Claire. I never got a real sense of who Claire was and felt she was not suited to the privilege of being the “title” character. This was really Trudy’s story. And maybe even Lockets’ story, yet we hardly knew Locket at all. Will was easier to understand, except for his relationship with Claire. He said she was like a blank slate, but that doesn’t explain why he was interested in her. In my opinion, the author missed the mark on this one.
    Favorite quote: “She reads about Beethoven, Chinese rice farming, biographies of English prime ministers, and finds comfort in the fact that she will never run out of books.”

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    AuntieEm said on Mar 23, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    Good research, interesting story but did not strike a chord

    I was attracted by the cover's small words "New York Times Bestseller" and the last name, Lee, of the author. The back cover said it was her debut, a Hong Kong author. As an inspired writer, I snatched it off the shelf to see what it takes for a loc ...(continue)

    I was attracted by the cover's small words "New York Times Bestseller" and the last name, Lee, of the author. The back cover said it was her debut, a Hong Kong author. As an inspired writer, I snatched it off the shelf to see what it takes for a local writer to be published and become a best seller.

    I was disappointed. The author put in a lot of research about 1941 war times in Hong Kong and the jumping between different years were clearly arranged. The story unfolded to review the secrets of a major character but along the way, I lost track of who the story is about, what messages and feelings the author is trying to convey and most of all, I was not touched. Maybe I was being judgmental and subjective by using how I feel to rate the book but to be honest, I have read better books! I surely cannot write a novel yet but if and when I could, I do hope I can write better.

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    Minnie Hung said on Feb 25, 2010 | Add your feedback

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