(Free) The Piano Teacher Author Janice Y.K. Lee
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 essons 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 do with the Holocaust The British have colonized Hong Kong trying separate itself from China There are many rich having to do with the government iving at that time Then the war hits Hong Kong is invaded by the terrorist fascist Japanese iving 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 iving in jails in their own feces contaminated waters ittle 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 ooking for Japanese based stories I couldn t get to the end fast enough now I can take a breath SO GOOD 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 ikeThe 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 overs 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 Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood 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 Weive 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 Imagine That! love for Will and you can t help but dislike her aittle Elena's Conquest less except not really I had an emotional disconnect with this story and despite Trudy s protestations ofove 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
from what had anticipated Another book that I absolutely Sister of My Heart 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 upove 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 ike Drama I definitely recommend 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. 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 ife among the Rescuing Gus local moneyed set in a tight knit social enclave distanced from the culture atarge Comfortable clever and even a bit dazzling they revel in their fancy dinners and fun parties But their sheltered ives tak. 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 Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story later the story rapidly grows teethThe Piano Teacher tells the story of two separateove affairs in the How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead 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 inove with a young Eurasian heiress Trudy They fill their days and nights with parties and other pleasant diversions Even the war does ittle to affect their ifestyle until the Japanese DECIDE TO PUT ALL THE ENEMY CIVILIANS IN INTERMENT to put all the enemy civilians in interment 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 ove betrayal and ossIn 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 I ve found that it s easy to find World War II Moonrise 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 howives 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 Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi less interesting and despite her title billing never seemedike 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 After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405 like toearn 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 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 Alien Alpha 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 waseft unresolved This chapter in history has been so much aptly addressed in other iterature While trying to accomplish this Yee has given the reader too ittle 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 eaving the main character the piano teacher suspended in a strange and uncharacteristic situation 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 ived a ife of carefree excess in Hong Kong drinks and parties at the British clubs and hotels every day the war hit them ike a cement wall They were forced into inhumane internment camps where hunger sualor cold and filth contrasted with their old ife 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 ifestyle 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 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 aid 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. ,disappointment from what
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Ame 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 Lee alternates between two different time periods to tell the story of betrayal in war time Hong Kong Does anyone just write a Alexandra, Gone linear story any Seemsike every book I pick up these days uses this kind of device I really enjoyed the 1940 s story A Year in 120 Recipes 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 theirives 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 ess compelling Will is now a driver for a rich course goes awryThe 1950 s storyline is thinner and ess compelling Will is now a driver for a rich 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 The Devil Hath Been Raised: A Documentary History of the Salem Village Witchcraft Outbreak of March 1692; Together With a Collection of Newly Located and Gathered Witchcraft Documents locals vying for status but don t expect a plot that will pull you towards a resolution of importance 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 patsiving 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 ike 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 Sdown claire s 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 ocket it reminds me of michael jackson s kid Blanket 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 finds himself strangely drawn to a Eurasian sprite of a girl Trudy Liang who flaunts her body and her wealth around ike snowflake 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 finds himself strangely drawn to a Eurasian sprite of a girl Trudy Liang who flaunts her body and her wealth around ike snowflakes in a blizzard Together they wend their way in and around the social scene in that halycon harbor Pearl Harbor the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong and the containment of civilians who are not Chinese causes a rift in the mentioned characters relationship Trudy who is part Chinese and part POrtugese becomes a girl toy of Otsubo a high ranking gendarme in the Japanese army while simultaneously maintaining a iaison with Will You guessed it Trudy is a pawn in the hands of the Japanese who think that Will can ead them to the whereabouts of the valuable Crown Collection In an effort to obtain the information she is allowed to entertain Will during weekend passes from Stanley the containment facility while at the same time continue to please Otsubo Where does the piano teacher fit into all of this She doesn t until ten years Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience later The war is over Will has been released and Hong Kong has beeniberated Will is now working as a chaffeur for the Chen s a wealthy Chinese family who coincidentally have a ten year old daughter named Locket As fate would have it Claire Pendleton the wife of a Water Works. Driver the curiously underutilized Will Truesdale A handsome charmer with a mysterious imp Will appears to be the perfect companion for Claire who's often eft to her own devices But a further examination eaves her with uestions than answersAn intricately woven tale of ives changed by historical events Lee's debut brings this hothouse flower of a city alive with passion and imagines characters both unforgettable and tragic.