The Piano Tuner

The Piano Tuner In The Piano Tuner Peter Meinke writes of the foreignness that awaits us when we go abroad and when we answer our own front door to admit a stranger that confronts us in unfamiliar cities and villag

  • Title: The Piano Tuner
  • Author: Peter Meinke
  • ISBN: 9780820316451
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Paperback
  • In The Piano Tuner, Peter Meinke writes of the foreignness that awaits us when we go abroad and when we answer our own front door to admit a stranger, that confronts us in unfamiliar cities and villages and in the equally disquieting surroundings of our memories and regrets.Often in these stories, what seems a safe, comfortable environment turns suddenly threatening In thIn The Piano Tuner, Peter Meinke writes of the foreignness that awaits us when we go abroad and when we answer our own front door to admit a stranger, that confronts us in unfamiliar cities and villages and in the equally disquieting surroundings of our memories and regrets.Often in these stories, what seems a safe, comfortable environment turns suddenly threatening In the title story, a writer s quiet existence amid his antiques and books is dismantled, piece by piece, by a demonic, beer bellied piano tuner In The Ponoes, a man recalls how, as a young boy living in Brooklyn during World War II, he became a collaborationist in the brutal pranks of two Irish bullies In The Twisted River, the sedate collegiality of a Polish university is disrupted when an American on a Fulbright grant attempts to blackmail two faculty members And in The Bracelet, a young anthropology student doing field work in Africa finds herself drawn further and further into the role of a priestess of Oshun, into a life dictated by the configuration of cowry shells cast upon the floor.Meinke writes of a world where our control over our lives seldom exists across a border, and often extends no further than our fingertips Attempts to bridge two cultures, two lives are sometimes successful, as when an actor finds love in the arms of a tough talking barmaid, but usually lead to disillusionment, as when a hard drinking salesman s career is shattered after he is drunk under the table one night by a Polish engineer, or when an English father struggles to find common ground with his American son Riveting, almost terrifying, the stories in The Piano Tuner tell of decent men and women caught in events that they could never have predicted, would never have chosen.

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    1. A book of stories that I read probably a decade or more ago, when I was on a kick to read books of stories in my collection, this was one that stood out. Half of it consisted of stories set in the United States, and half of it consisted of stories set in foreign countries. It was the stories in the second half of the collection that made the book a keeper.That's not to say there aren't some great stories in the book's first half. The title story, for instance, is a classic. A piano tuner shows u [...]

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