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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 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 Deathcaster (Shattered Realms, revel in their fancy dinners and fun parties But their sheltered lives tak 45 I've never thought of a title for a book to be either a good name or a bad name but after A Peoples Tragedy 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 Out of the Ashes (The Legacy Chronicles, 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 Sharks 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 Inside Las Vegas room to celebrate beheading anyone in their way وجدان زنو raping amah's and any woman caught on her own The How To Fart - Louder, Longer, and Stronger...without soiling your undies! 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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 Outside the Paint reading A WWII story but this one was told about JapaneseChinese which is not what we usually The Problem of the Puer Aeternus (Studies in Jungian Psychology by Jungian Analysts, 87) 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 Hoopers Pasture from Maine to Vermont 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 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


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  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 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


  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 war time surrender of Hong Kong to the Japanese seemed only a minor inconvenience to these people However a mere 13 pages later the story rapidly grows teethThe Piano Teacher tells the story of two separate love affairs in the 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 in love with a young Eurasian heiress Trudy They fill their days and nights with parties and other pleasant diversions Even the war does little to affect their lifestyle until the Japanese decide to put all the enemy civilians in interment camps 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 love betrayal and lossIn 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


  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 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


  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 the pre war social scene and how their lives 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 less compelling Will is now a driver for a rich Chinese 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 locals vying for status but don't expect a plot that will pull you towards a resolution of importance


  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 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


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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 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


  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 moving and it never did this is a slow story about a bunch of english ex pats living 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 like 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's back 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 locket? it reminds me of michael jackson's kid Blanket


  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 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


  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 finds himself strangely drawn to a Eurasian sprite of a girl Trudy Liang who flaunts her body and her wealth around like 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 like 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 liaison with Will You guessed it Trudy is a pawn in the hands of the Japanese who think that Will can lead 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 later The war is over Will has been released and Hong Kong has been liberated 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 inspector becomes the child'd piano teacher Will and Claire meet have a steamy affair which draws the teacher into a mysterious network that binds those characters who have a knowledge of the Crown Collection's whereabouts and those who wish to find it My poor evaluation of the novel is based on what can be summed up as a tale about arrogant rich people who spend their time money and influence on gossip tea parties betraying one another and of course sex Perhaps Y K Lee is right This is what the world is really about I just wish that she could have focused her work on what was in the Crown Collection that made it so valuable and less on Will's dalliances with Claire and Trudy


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