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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 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 filth contrasted with their old life There are three protagonists in this story and it s hard to figure out which one is the main one There s the beautiful young siren of Chinese Portuguese ancestry who wraps men around her finger Willing to do anything to preserve her lifestyle she becomes a collaborator with the Japanese Then there s the prim and proper piano teacher who came to Hong Kong in the early 1950 s straight out of a small British village Connecting these two threads of the story is the hard bitten stoic Brit a caricature escaped from a detective story He has affairs with the beautiful woman in the 1940 s and with the piano teacher in the 1950 s The story jumps back and forth in time The woman of the 1950 s has no knowledge of the woman from the 1940 s and her tragic ending The book has drama and intrigue and it held my attention all the way through It s also good study of how the colonial British interacted with the Chinese elite The author is a Hong Kong born American writer This was her first novel But it is not the novel of the same name by Elfriede Jelinek that was made into a French movie in 2001 Revised and pictures added 262020Japanese occupation of Hong Kong from thoughtcocomInternees at the Stanley Camp in Hong Kong from gwulocomThe author from the New York Times nytcom

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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 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 happiness and peace If you like Drama I definitely recommend

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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 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 Hong Kong in the 1950s was affected by the Japanese invasion of the British colony during the warUltimately the 1940s parts were compelling I wanted to know about the relationship between Will and Trudy Will s experience in an internment camp with other Westerners and Trudy s attempts to make nice with the Japanese and provide for her own survival Claire the piano teacher of the title was much less interesting and despite her title billing never seemed like a true protagonist A young wife new to Hong Kong Claire finds herself unexpectedly entangled in Will s secrets after they begin their own affairI d like to learn about Hong Kong in this time period as a result of the 1940s sections of the book but the 1950s chapters the book switches between the two were just not very interesting and some character traits for example Claire s thefts that open the book are not carried convincingly throughout the book


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 part of the privileged upper class English ex pats in Hong Kong or in Claire's case stealing trinkets Even the

  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

  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 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

  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 h

  6. says:

    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

  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 ge

  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 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 amon

  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 happiness and peace If you like Drama I definitely recommend

  10. says:

    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 the wealthy Chinese families form a tangled web of relationships On the one hand we have Will Truesdale who find

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