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The Piano Teacher: A Novel (original 2009; edição 2009)

por Janice Y. K. Lee (Autor)

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"In 1942, Will Trusdale, an Englishman newly arrived in Hong Kong, has fallen headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But when World War II strikes, Will is sent to an internment camp, while Trudy remains outside. Trudy is forced to form dangerous alliances with the head of the Japanese gendarmerie, whose desperate attempts to locate a priceless collection of Chinese art lead to a chain of terrible betrayals. Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong and meets the enigmatic Will. As long-buried secrets start to emerge and she begins to understand the true nature of the world she has entered, Claire learns that sometimes the price of survival is love"--Container.… (mais)
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Título:The Piano Teacher: A Novel
Autores:Janice Y. K. Lee (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Books (2009), Edition: Third Printing, 328 pages
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The Piano Teacher por Janice Y. K. Lee (2009)

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    Fragrant Harbour por John Lanchester (sungene)
    sungene: Same setting, similar plot and structure (two time periods), thoroughly researched, a love song to Hong Kong, deeply felt characters.
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Rec on a list of books ‘by writers of the Asian diaspora’.

I listened to a little more than half of this on audio. I think it was neglected when we did a central Oregon road trip, and then when I got back to it, the loan was expired.

My thoughts from the audio half - I was thinking a lot about whether I liked any of these characters. Claire seemed shallow and uninformed. She marries Martin for her own convenience - a place in society - and takes on the role of the non working spouse. Her views toward the Chinese and as a Brit are vaguely imperialist (vaguely because she seems uninterested in anything besides the supremacy of the British empire). And stealing from the Chens for no reason - she seems to think they will never notice the items are gone until the Chinese servant (Ping?) is blamed and fired and carried out of the house.

I am intrigued by Trudy but I didn’t understand her. I liked Will best of all. He is smitten by Trudy but he’s honest. He is honorable. Well until he takes up with Claire. I’m curious why he chooses Claire after having loved Trudy.

I finished reading the paper copy. The ending was a disappointment. Trudy, her cousin Dominick, Victor Chen - they are trying to survive by appeasing the Japanese. Trudy and Dominick lose favor and don’t survive. Trudy’s child is raised by Victor and Melody Chen. Somehow Edwina Storch knows all this - more than Will - and she tells Claire for no apparent reason. Will despises himself, he feels like he has been a coward through all of this. Claire is finally found out as cheating on her husband and both the affair and the marriage end. She stays in HK - in a little apt, working as a secretary, reading lots of books. Not clear why this is satisfying. Huh. That’s it. ( )
  BeckiMarsh | Jun 11, 2021 |
The Piano Teacher was a surprise. I am taking part on a Book Challenge and the task was to read a book by an author born in Hong Kong. It felt right to do so when Hong Kong is in the middle of much political turmoil.

The author does a great job at conveying the city under a foreign invasion and the personal tragedies that it inflicts, as well the personal ethical dilemmas, love and loyalties that survival under such horrible conditions puts to a test.

I also liked the second narrative that runs parallel to the historical fiction. The story of Claire, a young and naïve housewife that arrives in Hong Kong in the early 1950’s and becomes entangled in the unraveling of the personal dramas - and crimes – that happened during the Japanese occupation. Many of the other reviewers seem to find the story of Claire less compelling, but I liked it very much. Maybe I am attracted to the stories of women that escaped the norms that were dictated to them by gender, or simply of people that recognize the limitations of their own prejudices and allow themselves to grow bigger.

This book gets extra points for its strong sense of setting and the authors ability to convey the social atmosphere during and after the war. Overall I like it very much.
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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
Started out slowly and gracelessly--I kept reading only because it was the selection for my book club--but it got exciting toward the end. One of those books I can't remember two week after I finished it. I did care about Trudy. She was an interesting character. ( )
  cmt100 | Mar 12, 2019 |
This book could have been SO good. Just look at the beautiful cover art! I had such high expectations for this story, fueled mainly by the partial review by Elle magazine featured on the cover: "Riveting... This season's Atonement." EXCUSE ME. How DARE that dumb magazine compare this beach read to one of Ian McEwan's masterpieces? The ending just fizzled out. In fact, the entire last third of the book was fizzling. No me gusta. ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
As many readers have noted, this book starts out as a pleasant story, alternating between high society in 1940's Hong Kong, and 1950's Hong Kong. Not very interesting, but then everything changes as war starts in 1941, and when it has ended in the 50's. Lee's story puts us right in the action, you read about a very different wartime experience, and this is a tale that weaves and unwinds credibly! ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
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"In 1942, Will Trusdale, an Englishman newly arrived in Hong Kong, has fallen headlong into a passionate relationship with Trudy Liang, a beautiful Eurasian socialite. But when World War II strikes, Will is sent to an internment camp, while Trudy remains outside. Trudy is forced to form dangerous alliances with the head of the Japanese gendarmerie, whose desperate attempts to locate a priceless collection of Chinese art lead to a chain of terrible betrayals. Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong and meets the enigmatic Will. As long-buried secrets start to emerge and she begins to understand the true nature of the world she has entered, Claire learns that sometimes the price of survival is love"--Container.

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