The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank

Book - 2001
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Walking his two young children to school every morning, Thad Carhart passes an unassuming little storefront in his Paris neighborhood. Intrigued by its simple sign--Desforges Pianos--he enters, only to have his way barred by the shop's imperious owner. Unable to stifle his curiosity, he finally lands the proper introduction, and a world previously hidden is brought into view. Luc, the atelier's master, proves an indispensable guide to the history and art of the piano. Intertwined with the story of a musical friendship are reflections on how pianos work, their glorious history, and stories of the people who care for them, from amateur pianists to the craftsmen who make the mechanism sing. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is at once a beguiling portrait of a Paris not found on any map and a tender account of the awakening of a lost childhood passion.

Praise for The Piano Shop on the Left Bank :

"[Carhart's] writing is fluid and lovely enough to lure the rustiest plunker back to the piano bench and the most jaded traveler back to Paris."
- San Francisco Chronicle

"Captivating . . . [Carhart] joins the tiny company of foreigners who have written of the French as verbs. . . . What he tries to capture is not the sight of them, but what they see."
- The New York Times

"Thoroughly engaging . . . In part it is a book about that most unpredictable and pleasurable of human experiences, serendipity. . . . The book is also about something more difficult to pin down, friendship and community."
- The Washington Post

"Carhart writes with a sensuousness enhanced by patience and grounded by the humble acquisition of new insight into music, his childhood, and his relationship to the city of Paris."
- The New Yorker

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375758621
0375758623
9780375503047
0375503048
Characteristics: 271 p. ; 22 cm

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sess430
Jun 24, 2018

Highly recommended for all musician's or anyone who ever tried to play a piano. Barry Zaslow's book review published by the Library Journal really nails the essence of Carhart's book.

geezr_rdr Jun 06, 2012

This is a wonderful read. If you are a latent Parisian, a piano affectionado, or enjoyed Midnight in Paris (film), this book will speak to you.

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AdrienneC
Oct 21, 2004

This is a lovely book about the author''s rediscovery of his love for playing the piano, sparked by his discovery of a mysterious piano repair studio in his Paris neighbourhood. The writing is lyrical and fluid -- it''s incredibly enjoyable to read. Chock-full of bits and pieces of information about the history and mechanics of pianos. A must-read for anyone who''s ever taken piano lessons!

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