Wednesday, 26 August 2009

The Piano Teacher

I have just finished my latest book club book recommended by my friend Diane - The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee.

The book is set in 2 time periods, wartime and post war Hong Hong and is a compelling mix of love, war and betrayal. Claire, the piano teacher of the title, is newly arrived in Hong Hong in 1952 with her husband Martin and gets involved with the ex pat community, some of whom survived the wartime occupation by the Japanese. She meets Will, who has had a love affair with an intriging Eurasian woman Trudy, before and during the occupation. As the book evolves, Claire finds out more about Will's background and the tragic events which took place during the occupation.

I found the book exceptionally easy reading but the subject is moving and traumatic at times.

Definitely worth a read.


  1. Sounds good. But I am a bit of a happy endings type of reader.

    My dad was in Hong Kong in the late 1950s as part of is national service. He would love to go back some time but it must be so changed.

  2. It's not too sad at the end BBB, redemption is almost achieved :D I tend to avoid books where characters are described as 'enigmatic' or 'maverick' as that usually means they are a pain in the butt. Will is ok though in this one.

  3. Off to check it out! I love to listen to books as I am creating...this may have to be the new, next one!

  4. Oh, I read that book about a month ago. Very readable and interesting if a little harrowing at times. I loved it.

  5. Ooooh, I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but it's definitely enticing. I'm finishing a few books right now. I will definitely check this one out :)