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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,401 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Mason Narrator: Graeme Malcol Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An extraordinary first novel that tells the story of a British piano tuner sent deep into Burma in the nineteenth century.

In October 1886, Edgar Drake receives a strange request from the British War Office: he must leave his wife and his quiet life in London to travel to the jungles of Burma, where a rare Erard grand piano is in need of repair. The piano belongs to an army surgeon-major whose unorthodox peacemaking methods—poetry, medicine, and now music—have brought a tentative quiet to the southern Shan States but have elicited questions from his superiors.

On his journey through Europe, the Red Sea, India, and into Burma, Edgar meets soldiers, mystics, bandits, and tale-spinners, as well as an enchanting woman as elusive as the surgeon-major. And at the doctor’s fort on a remote Burmese river, Edgar encounters a world more mysterious and dangerous than he ever could have imagined.

Sensuous, lyrical, rich with passion and adventure, this is a hypnotic tale of myth, romance, and self-discovery: an unforgettable novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction
  • Nominated for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christine Christman | 2/20/2014

    " An interesting journey to another time and place. Was it hubris, love, or blind trust that led the protagonist to this place? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cally | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoyed the historical component and reading about the beauty of Myramar. The ending didn't seem to fit with the rest of the novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Phyllis | 2/2/2014

    " I loved this book! It draws you in with a sweet seduction. Keep aware of the beggining quote re The Lotus Eaters. Complicated and layered you will keep thinking of this book for awhile. Writing is supberb and it was written by a medical student while he was studying or interning. How is that possible?? I ask myself. The guy is brilliant and he wrote this when he was 22,23? I'm looking forward to A Far Country, another of his novels written about 4-5 years later. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Alyssa | 1/23/2014

    " Slow read, was pretty dissapointed with the ending. "

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