This is the story of a piano tuner, who in 1886 was sent to the remote jungles of Burma to tune the piano of a reclusive British Army Colonel. The book is wonderfully evocative of that time and place, very pleasant visually.
Detailed and precise descriptions of piano tuning, and of the technician’s intimacy with sound and machine help round out the character of the tuner, Edgar Drake.
This is Daniel Mason’s first novel. He spent a year studying malaria on the Thai- Myanmar border.