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Book Recommendation: The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

Book Recommendation: The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason


The Piano Tuner (2002)  is the story of Edgar Drake, a piano tuner, who was called up by the British War Office in 1886 to make a special mission to northeast Burma to tune a piano by American author and physician Daniel Mason. I enjoyed this novel and recommend it for your reading list. I previously recommended The Winter Soldier by this author. Click on the links to learn more about the author and his books.


Daniel       Mason

Daniel Mason is the author of The Piano Tuner (2002), A Far Country (2007), and The Winter Soldier (2018); A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth, will be published in 2020. His writing has been translated into 28 languages, adapted for opera and stage and shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Northern California Book Award. His short stories and essays have appeared in Harper’s, Zoetrope: All Story and Lapham’s Quarterly, and have been awarded a Pushcart Prize, and a National Magazine Award. in 2014, he was a recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A Clinical Assistant Professor in the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry, his research interests include the subjective experience of mental illness and the influence of literature, history, and culture on the practice of medicine. His author website can be found at


Books by Daniel Mason


Goodreads Review of The Piano Tuner

In 1886 a shy, middle-aged piano tuner named Edgar Drake receives an unusual commission from the British War Office: to travel to the remote jungles of northeast Burma and there repair a rare piano belonging to an eccentric army surgeon who has proven mysteriously indispensable to the imperial design. From this irresistible beginning, The Piano Tuner launches its protagonist into a world of seductive loveliness and nightmarish intrigue. And as he follows Drake’s journey, Mason dazzles readers with his erudition, moves them with his vibrantly rendered characters, and enmeshes them in the unbreakable spell of his storytelling.





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Comment balloon 6 commentsRoy Kelley • November 05 2019 09:36PM


Good morning Roy. You reading acumen is truly amazing. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 4 months ago


What an interesting plot story set in a historical setting.  I have it on our list.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 4 months ago

That book titled brought back an old but delightful memory.  When I was a kid we had a piano tuner come to our house, who was blind.  He was known for being one of the best tuners in Sacramento.  He also would talk to people, and then describe a little about how they looked.  He really was an amazing guy.  A second piano tuner that we used later in my life, was one of the greatest organ players I've heard play.  He also was crippled from being one of the last children to contract polio before the vaccine!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 4 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat 

Thank you very much for sharing some of your fond memories. The piano tuner in this book is somewhat different from the ones you have known.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago

Hi Roy,
Thanks for the recommendation. I'm always interested in suggestions for books to read.

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 4 months ago

Your comments are always welcome and are very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago