Erika Kohut is a pianist, teaching music. so here it is in all of its sexually depraved glory!! I did not care for the character of Claire whatsoever, though I did try very hard to find some redeeming qualities. The Piano Teacher Janice Y. K. Lee, Author. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Ten years later, Claire Pendleton comes to Hong Kong to work as a piano teacher and also begins a fateful affair. Two days ago I thought my review of this book would be quite different than it is. camp that was a bit like a bad hotel, but with murders. It fell off the doily (a doily! Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 22, 2009. Was it just a nickname? 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. The Piano Teacher by Lynn York is fluff - a good beach read. The Piano Teacher: A Novel - Kindle edition by Lee, Janice Y. K.. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Martin promenaded on the deck every morning for exercise and tried to get her to join him, to no avail. See all 4 questions about The Piano Teacher…, March 2015: The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee, Bill Gates Picks 5 Good Books for a Lousy Year. Everyone has a cover for their dubious behavior but, by the end, all the covers will be blown off by the winds of change. Prime members enjoy Free Two-Day Shipping, Free Same-Day or One-Day Delivery to select areas, Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Reading, and more. They had opinions about politics; they had read books she had never heard of and seen foreign films and talked about them with such confidence. 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. What had happened after that was perplexing, even to her. Lee. The small Herend rabbit had fallen into Claire’s purse. 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. It was the most obvious secret ever! “We pop them as soon as we see the boat on the horizon,” a man explained to his girl as he escorted her off the boat. by Janice Y. K. Lee. Method books are an essential tool for piano teachers. 0670020486 (hbk. Demanding, severe, distant, unsmiling, she leads a secret life of self-mutilation. 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. The New York Times bestseller. However, a mere 13 pages later, the story rapidly grows teeth. She went home and buried the expensive porcelain figurine under her sweaters. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Teacher's Book (Piano Grades 1-5) provides teachers with a range of meticulously graded, progressive sight-reading tests to use in lessons. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. With her students she is severe. Lee’s latest novel, The Expatriates, is now available from Penguin. It wasn't made clear. I have taught vocal and instrumental music in both Catholic and Public schools, and in after-school programs, for 20 years, and have been giving private lessons for 9 years. $19.95. It can be boring to … I was about to give up so read some of the reviews on here found I wasn't alone. The, after about a quarter of the book, it turns into a war novel. Martin was an engineer, overseeing the building of the Tai Lam Cheung reservoir, so that there wouldn’t need to be so much rationing when the rains ebbed, as they did every several years. 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. Chilling description of the time when the Japanese invaded Hong Kong. Exotic Hong Kong takes center stage in this sumptuous novel, set in the 1940s and '50s. They had been married barely four months. Well worth the $$ I spent to have & read this book. The Piano Teacher is a 2009 novel by Janice Y. K. Lee about a love story set in Hong Kong in the 1940s and 1950s. (Does anyone just write a linear story any more? Coming over, she had noticed it for days, the increasing wetness in the air, even more than usual. She knew this. A young lady moves to Hong Kong after getting married to a Water expert whose company sends him to work in HK. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 21, 2010. They had arrived to a big party on the dock, with paper streamers and loud, shouting vendors selling fresh fruit juice and soy milk drinks and garish flower arrangements to the people waiting. With fiction, I usually start a book and don't put the book down, but with this book, I read the first 20 or 30 pages and found the disjointed writing really did not pull me in to the story. I assumed (naively) that since I'm waiting and waiting for this giant secret to emerge, that it would have to be something worthwhile. The Piano Teacher was published to critical acclaim from the New York Times, People, and O magazine, among others. Her parents stayed home all the time, and so she had as well. Claire pretended to sip at hers, as her mother had warned her about the cholera that was rampant in these parts. When she stepped from her cabin outside, the heat assailed her like a physical blow, until she managed to find shade and fan herself. THE PIANO TEACHER profiles the eccentric offender and two-time murderer, Charles Yukl. It is a part of the world where the English, others, and the wealthy Chinese families form a tangled web of relationships. They made the locals’ lives much better but they rarely appreciated it. When the dust eventually clears on this important sideshow, both she and the Chens are exposed as people prepared to exploit a situation for their own gain. The piano teacher, by Janice Y.K. Improve Your Sight-Reading! The dark, nefarious secrets of a time when Hong Kong was under the cruelties of the Japanese occupation will come back to haunt those who want to pick up the good life where they left off as if nothing has happened. In Michael Haneke's "The Piano Teacher," which won three awards at Cannes 2001 (best actress, actor and film), she plays a bold woman with a secret wound. B/c it's had such a profound affect on me....like a Megan Hart it's staying and not going quietly...I've decided to give it 5 stars. Loyalties shift, values change, decisions are made in haste, friendships made and broken under the most trying of circumsances and, in the end, nothing remains as it once was. She takes a position as a piano teacher for the young daughter of a wealthy Chinese family and she is introduced to the brittle, shallow, wealthy, prejudiced expatriate community in 1950's Hong Kong. [I was really hoping that the Chen's daughter's name, Locket, would be explained. It seems that everyone in this story is carrying some emotional scars that have never healed completely even in times of peace. Find expert Piano teachers now. Even the war-time surrender of Hong Kong to the Japanese seemed only a minor inconvenience to these people. The Piano Teacher Summary. In her writings, Jelinek rejected the conventions of traditional literary technique in favour of linguistic and thematic experimentation. A WWII story but this one was told about Japanese/Chinese which is not what we usually read about. B/c it's had such a profound affect on me....like a Megan Hart it's staying and not going quietly...I've decided to give it 5 stars. The Expatriates; Buy this book. Exotic Hong Kong takes center stage in this sumptuous novel, set in the 1940s and '50s. The plot had such potential, but Lee chose to squander it somewhat. She takes up work as a Piano Teacher. Forty-six entrants participated in the first audition (then called a "tournament") at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. I'll admit I enjoyed the past/present flow of the story, but the actual story was more boring than anything. We’ve been here for hours.” Claire watched Liesel go down the gangplank, looking very nervous, and then she disappeared into the throng. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Directed by Michael Haneke. She falls in love with an Englishman who had an affaire before and during the war with a remarkable … She had accepted Martin’s proposal to escape the dark interior of her house, her bitter mother railing against everything, getting worse, it seemed, with her advancing age, and an uninspiring job as a filing girl at an insurance company. I really liked the book after that. A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher. Whether you’re a student or a teacher of piano, books are your friends. I could never have imagined the story would evolve in such a complicated mixture of culture and the events of the time. Read 864 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. 339 were here. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004 for her "musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that, with extraordinary linguistic zeal, reveal the absurdity of society's clichés and their subjugating power." Interested in more of my reviews? Very good ones too. The Piano Teacher by Lynn York and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at AbeBooks.com. The Chen family and Will Truesdale figure. More By and About This Author. . Welcome back. Mrs. K is an elderly widow who lives by herself in a small suburban town. Groups of revelers had already broken out the champagne and were toasting the arrival of their friends and family. A very slow starter but I found myself finishing it off in one sitting. So I was not enjoying it very much. The reproducible pages include valuable resources for piano teachers and music teachers alike. Specifically written to work alongside the best-selling Improve Your Sight-reading! Lee ‧ RELEASE DATE: Jan. 12, 2009 A historical and romantic narrative, alternating between the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II and a time roughly ten years later that follows the tragic consequences of that occupation. Claire Pendleton is a newlywed who married to escape her family/home and becomes a piano teacher for Locket Chen. Ambitious, exotic, and a classic book club read, 'The Piano Teacher' is a combination of 'Tenko' meets 'The Remains of the Day'. Ms Lee threw a quirky little detail like that in, and just left it floating around, no reasons given. The Piano Teacher, the most famous novel of Elfriede Jelinek, who was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature, is a shocking, searing, aching portrait of a woman bound between a … There was nothing about Melody Chen that would indicate she is the type of person to name her daughter "Locket." She deftly describes Hong Kong weather (torrents of rain) the heat, the crowded market streets and the prison where the non-asian were imprisoned. This was a beautifully written, it brought Hong Kong and the war alive. All pages are perforated for ease in copying. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 7, 2009. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. She is Erika Kohut, 40ish, a respected instructor at a conservatory of music in Vienna. The, after about a quarter of the book, it turns into a war novel. Romantic plot, class and racial explorations, as well as insights into the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong. Fans of historical fiction will love this novel, set against the backdrop of Hong Kong during the Second World War. I stopped giving stars, in the hopes that you guys would read the review and then decide if the book was one you'd like to read but I feel so strongly about this one.....My emotion at the moment is one of despair there is one character in this book who is detestable, a vile charcater they are not a main player but when, at the end you find out what this person has done the full force of what this book is about comes home. Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this The Piano Teacher study guide. She's approaching middle age, living with her mother who is domineering then submissive; Erika is a victim then combative. About The Piano Teacher. I am a patient, enthusiastic teacher in the following areas: piano, violin, cello, drums, music history, and music theory. A helpful, friendly piano teacher found hung. The English government did so much for the colonies, Claire knew. What a wonderful book - can't recommend it enough - it really does pull you in - one of those rare books that you can't put down and that stays with you for some time afterwards. Piano Book for Adult Beginners: Teach Yourself How to Play Famous Piano Songs, Read Music, Theory & Technique (Book & Streaming Video Lessons) Damon Ferrante. October 10....I've had a chance to sleep on this even though I went to bed crying,woke in the night crying and have been weepy for most of the day when I think about this story. It was to hold four and a half billion gallons of water when full. by Viking. Raised by an unloving, punitive father, and a controlling mother, Yukl matured with deeply rooted feelings of inferiority, especially where his masculinity and sexuality were concerned. Lee. The actual novel is far more terrifying. . “More work for me,” he said cheerfully. Janice Y. K. Lee’s first novel, “The Piano Teacher,” opens with the newlywed Claire traveling to Hong Kong in 1951 with her husband, Martin, an engineer. . I thought Lee was writing underdeveloped women characters, and also, she wrote her women characters as if she didn't really like women. Although that's what this book sets out to portray, it accomplishes it in a different way that the author intended. . Set in Hong Kong during the outbreak of World War II, and its aftermath 10 years later, The Piano Teacher alternates between the lives of two vastly different women whose destinies are linked by the events of the war. It is about a married woman who is hired by a rich family and ends up having an affair with the family driver, only to discover his tragic past with a former lover. There are many innocent beginnings in this novel that quickly devolve into something very disturbing and uncivil as Lee attempts to deconstruct all the inconsistencies of a pretentious, class-bound colonial society on the verge of a tectonic change. A very interesting insight into post war Hong Kong as well. Lee sure knows how to bring up heavy subjects very subtly, and how to weave a character together. It might be considered a reference, rather than a "how-to" book, as it's principle goal is to provide resources for teachers to consult on a variety of topics. Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the prestigious and formal Vienna Conservatory, who still lives with her domineering and possessive mother. So this book seriously sucked. Read more. It gave a bit of picture of life under occupation which I found interesting as I learned a bit about the war that isn't normally covered. Her home turf is Hong Kong (both of her novels take place there), but it is how she places her characters in the setting that speaks to me. Claire, the piano teacher of the title, is a bland, blonde, naive young British newlywed recently relocated to Hong Kong with her husband. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 . Well-written, certainly, but nothing to write home about. She whiles away her time reminiscing about her late husband and the children she taught long ago as a piano instructor. 'The Pianist') is a 2001 French-language erotic drama film, written and directed by Michael Haneke, that is based on … Paperback. We’d love your help. Seems like every book I pick up these days uses this kind of device). the piano teacher by Janice Y.K. I pushed through and I'm so glad I did!! The worksheets, puzzles and games are created in 5 levels from beginning to intermediate. Claire has been hired by the socially prominent Chen family to teach Locket Chen the piano. Claire Pendleton, newly married and arrived in Hong Kong in 1952, finds work giving piano lessons to the daughter of Melody and Victor Chen, a wealthy Chinese couple. Fans of historical fiction will love this novel, set against the backdrop of Hong Kong during the Second World War. The piano teacher : a novel, Janice Y.K. She had never imagined such sights. In her writings, Jelinek rejected the conventions of traditional literary technique in favour of linguistic and thematic experimentation. However, a mere 13 pages later, the story rapidly. January 13th 2009 I enjoyed the backdrop of the British-Chinese-Japanese contention. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. in their defense, i had but 10 minutes on my parking meter and made a hasty decision to buy this book. 6 months ago. Strange ending. Click on the following links to access each Teacher's Guide, or click on the book covers below to place an order for a hard copy. Claire almost couldn’t imagine such a number, but Martin said it was barely enough for the people of Hong Kong, and he was sure that by the time they were finished, they’d have to build another. Excellent holiday reading as it was not particularly challenging; the content was intense but gave an insight into the psyche of Hong Kong pre, during and during the aftermath-WWII. I just wish it hadn't taken 66% of the novel to get to that point. . The characters were very interesting and I especially loved the setting of Hong Kong. As the threads of this spellbinding novel intertwine, impossible choices emerge-between love and safety, courage and survival, the present, and above all, the past. When I first started reading this book, I didn't think it was so great. The plot had such potential, but Lee chose to squander it somewhat. Wow. It is the kind of novel one consumes in great, greedy gulps, pausing (grudgingly) only when absolutely necessary. Thus, on receiving one reviewer's negative response to the book, it was reassigned to a second just to make sure. And kind. Previous page of related Sponsored Products, The launching of this book is quite Timely. She had never dreamed of leaving England before. I was thoroughly. Her job as a music tutor for young Lockett, the alleged daughter of the wealthy Chen family, will take her inside a world rife with hostility, greed, and fear. Paperback. But their sheltered lives take 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. When the P&O Canton finally pulled into Hong Kong harbor in August, she really felt she was in the tropics, hair frizzing up in curls, face always slightly damp and oily, the constant moisture under her arms and knees. Things start coming together, and before you know it, the characters are real and three-dimensional and vibrant. 1-Click ordering is not available for this item. Locket's parents, the parents chauffeur Will and Claire become entangled in a story that alternates between WWII and the post-war Hong Kong. A haunting tale of morbid voyeurism and masochism, The Piano Teacher, first published in 1983, is Elfreide Jelinek's Masterpiece. There are many things I would like to talk about from the bigotry, the racism (especially that felt towards eurasain)and the attitude of the Britsh who lived not only in Honk Kong but in other colonys around the world at that time. I've been playing piano for 27 years. Louis C.K. Spark Confidence. and into her large leather bag. Around page 100 it got so good I devoured the rest! About the Book The Piano Teacher. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages that interest you. I bought this by mistake as I was hoping to read the raunchy 'The Piano Teacher' by Jelinek that I had heard about (I thought it was odd that it was advertised as a Richard and Judy book on Waterloo Station!). I put the book down and didn't come back for over a month --- and didn't really have a burning desire to come back during that time. Another book that I absolutely loved and could not quit reading. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Claire and Martin went down next, treading on the soft, humid wood, luggage behind them carried by two scantily clad young Chinese boys who had materialized out of nowhere. Lee’s exceptional first novel, Claire (the eponymous piano teacher) eventually lands at the far end of the arc of independence she hadn’t realized she’d been following from the beginning. The Piano Teacher In the context of modern history, everyone of importance in this story has something to hide and somebody who wants to bring it to the light in the interests of personal gain or a sense of justice. Highly recommend. 19.05 EST I n Michael Haneke's 2001 adaptation of Elfriede Jelinek's novel, the role of the piano teacher is played, with a chilling impenetrability, by Isabelle Huppert. The story starts out in 1952 as we are introduced to Claire Pendleton, recent arrival in Hong Kong with her much older husband, Martin. Certainly, if one is to do one’s own thing, Hong Kong, with its population of rebels and fawners, is the place for it. Claire Pendleton is a newlywed who married to escape her family/home and becomes a piano teacher for Locket Chen. Churchill had ended rationing and things were starting to return to normal when they had received news of the posting. on the Steinway!) I thought Lee was writing underdeveloped women characters, and also, she wrote her women characters as if she didn't really like women. She had not had many chances with men. Sep 9, 2016 - The Piano Teacher book. There were no twists and turns that surprised me. A woman, going to meet her fiancé in Hong Kong, had spent one too many moonlit nights on the deck with another gentleman and had disembarked in the Philippines with her new man, leaving only a letter for her intended. Schubert and Schumann are her forte, but she's not quite at concert level. “A rare and exquisite story . If you like Drama, I definitely recommend. The reality is that most of the development happens during practice at home. It's harder to find books that explore the non-Western experience. The biggest problem that I had with this version is that I could always see around the corner and so I knew what would happen next. To see what your friends thought of this book. There are certain writers who just grab me, and Janice Lee is definitely one of them. I feel however that to discuss those at this time would spoil the book for others even I placed a spoiler tag. No Kindle device required. Before disembarking, Claire separated out all of her thin cotton dresses and skirts; she could tell that was all she would be wearing for a while. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Other articles where The Piano Teacher is discussed: Elfriede Jelinek: …semiautobiographical novel Die Klavierspielerin (1983; The Piano Teacher, 1988) addressed issues of sexual repression; it was adapted for the screen in 2001. I really dislike novels about war. Please try again. Fast, FREE delivery, video streaming, music, and much more. She was a piano judge for National Federation of Music Clubs (MFMC) ,who rates piano student performances in Michigan. Over these two decades of monumental change, the various members in this tightly-knit traditional society encounter personal and collective crises that challenges the very fabric of their existence. —The New York Times Book Review, “Editor’s Choice” "Evocative, poignant, and skillfully crafted, The Piano Teacher is more than an epic tale of war and a tangled, tortured love story. Loved the book. She went to the United States for school and graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English and American Literature and Language. Martin was older, in his forties, and had never had luck with women. Claire Pendelton left England with her new husband as he was employed by the State Water Dept. There were very interesting characters as well. Even with the problem of following two complex parallel plots in this story, the reader should have no problem in seeing how they join together as the story progresses. "the writing is beautiful, the research is superb, and the setting is fantastic". umm how about a piano teacher...or Chinese people...prob not Japanese though, This book was just okay. After WWII. The portrayal of the Chinese difficulty in survival in their own country, camps, British betrayal of the Chinese and the look at some Chinese who profited by selling out their own people offered several perspectives of this terrible time in Chinese history. She has a remarkable ability to tell a story, especially in her developing of characters and evoking a setting. She kept to herself and sustained herself mostly on the beef tea they dispensed in the late morning on the sun deck. The colourful characters and the weaving of the story is just brilliant. Refresh and try again. When she had started seeing Martin—he was the older brother of one of the girls at work—she had eaten dinner at restaurants, drunk a cocktail at a hotel bar, and seen other young women and men talking, laughing with an assurance she could not fathom. But alas, I was wrong! 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242 # 1 Best Seller in Music Appreciation. 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. An uncle had died from food poisoning in India, making her cautious. ATTENTION PIANO TEACHERS! Storyline. Even the war-time surrender of Hong Kong to the Japanese seemed only a minor inconvenience to these people. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Piano Teacher: A Novel. Wow. In the course of Janice Y.K. I completed this novel feeling frustrated and deflated. The sea breezes were stronger and the sunrays more powerful when they broke through cloud. It wasn’t until she was downstairs and waiting for the bus that she grasped what she had done. HOWEVER, about tho-thirds through the book, it starts getting really good, and everything. Were names like that common in Hong Kong? HOWEVER, about tho-thirds through the book, it starts getting really good, and everything just coalesces beautifully. And then Martin had come to her, serious, his job was taking him to the Orient, and would she come with him? I would not have chosen to read this book but this book was on the reading list for my book club. I'll admit I enjoyed the past/present flow of the story, but the actual story was more boring than anything. I suppose I have no one to blame but myself and my stubbornness to finish every book that I endeavor to read. I don't like it when the story jumps back and forth in time. 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