T. E. Carhart, an American living in Paris, is intrigued by a piano repair shop hidden down a street near his apartment. When he finally gains admittance to the secretive world of the atelier, he finds himself in an enormous glass-roofed workshop filled with dozens of pianos. His love affair with this most magical of instruments and its music is reawakened. Packed with delicate cameos of Parisians and reflections on how pianos work and their glorious history, The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is an atmospheric and absorbing journey to an older way of life.
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(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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An American journalist living in Paris stumbles across a small piano atelier in a street near to his apartment. Initially he is just curious at the strange eccentricity of the shop and its inhabitants, but he is soon overtaken by his long buried interest in the instrument and the desire to own a piano once more. With the help of Luc, the shop's owner, the process of finding a piano that is 'just right for him' begins. This Luc assures him is not something to be rushed. A piano is finally found and duly purchased. He then begins to re-develop his playing skills, dormant since adolescence. This brings him into contact with many local characters, including piano movers, tuners, tutors and back room musicians of all kinds for whom music is also an all-consuming passion. Based on his real-life experiences this is more a book about pianos than Paris. Carhart leaves us in no doubt of his passion for the instrument and it is the depth of this passion that carries the book. Whether or not you share his love of the piano and his extreme delight in playing and listening to the music it makes, you will be infected by the excitement and pleasure with which he imbues this simple tale of Paris, friendship and a life-long love of music. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - T.E. Carhart
T. E. Carhart is an American who lives in Paris. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is his debut novel. His second book, Across the Endless River, was published in 2009.