The Piano Maker ePUB ☆ The Piano PDF or

The Piano Maker ePUB ☆ The Piano PDF or

The Piano Maker ✤ The Piano Maker Download ➸ Author Kurt Palka – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk The suspenseful emotionally resonant and utterly compelling story of what brings an enigmatic French woman to a small Canadian town in the 1930s a woman who has found depths of strength in dark times The suspenseful emotionally resonant and utterly compelling story of what brings an enigmatic French woman to a small Canadian town in the s a woman who has found depths of strength in dark times and comes to discover sanctuary at last For readers of The Imposter Bride The Cellist of Sarajevo Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay and The Red ViolinHelene Giroux arrives The Piano PDF or alone in St Homais on a winter day She wears good city clothes and drives an elegant car and everything she owns is in a small trunk in the back seat In the local church she finds a fine old piano a Molnar and she knows just how fine it is for her family had manufactured these pianos before the Great War Then her mother's death and war forces her to abandon her former life The story moves back and forth in time as Helene settling into a simple life playing the piano for church choir recalls the extraordinary events that brought her to this place They include the early loss of her soldier husband and the reappearance of an old suitor who rescues her and her daughter when she is most desperate; the journeys that very few women of her time could even imagine into the forests of Indochina in search of ancient treasures and finally and fatefully to the Canadian north When the town policeman confronts her past and present suddenly converge and she must face an episode that she had thought had been left behind forever.


10 thoughts on “The Piano Maker

  1. Jaline Jaline says:

    Once again I have been mesmerized by Kurt Palka’s storytelling and wonderful writing This is the story of Hélène Giroux daughter of Master piano makers in France and later a Master herself Hélène’s story moves in time and place from the years leading up to WWI through to the 1930’s and from France to Asia to England and to Canada with many shorter and longer side trips in betweenDuring the war years Hélène loses her mother her husband and eventually the family business She and her young daughter Claire seek sanctuary in England but times are hard for everyone financially Through friends she is able to find her way to Canada and an old acuaintance helps her to find ways to support herselfHélène is strong and resilient and determined yet even she cannot foresee the strength and courage that will be reuired to move through everything life brings her way There is an underlying mystery and eventually there is a trial to face even though this concerned a time in their lives that Hélène thought was well behind themI cannot articulate what is about Kurt Palka’s stories and writing that I find so compelling The dialogue is definitely part of it How people address each other and the ways they communicate feel so true to reality Even beyond that the way he weaves their descriptions and activities throughout their interactions with each other brings them vividly into my mind’s eye It is the endearing little movements and ways they carry themselves and relate to each other that makes me want to reach in to the story and touch themI loved this book and would recommend it to everyone who is interested in the times and places mentioned A bonus also awaits anyone who has ever been moved by music


  2. Fergus Fergus says:

    The perfect wintertime read I would imagine as soft snow dusts the barren frosty fields Sorta like it was on the old time Bay of Fundy coast for Hélène Giroux aridly awaiting trial for a crime no one thinks her mature modesty could for even a moment entertain committing It would be nice to read this imperfect leisurely paced novel once again while snowboundIts wonderful and so carefully accretive atmosphere is so hauntingFor I loved Hélène her decency her resigned sense that perhaps “dulce et decorum est in hic patria mori” Yes for perhaps as the snowflakes scatter into pleasant oblivion the obtrusive ground level realities of the First World War’s gross denial of all decent behaviour and the uglier realities of a personal postwar secret no significant accumulation of whiteness can now hide perhaps in such a winter refuge it would even be sweet in her adoptive country to resign the weary toil of life at lastThe book ambles through the course of an underplayed feminine life serene in its uiet integrityI don’t think I’ve ever read such a wonderfully downplayed recent novel in these times that are designed for their shock value alone This book was an oasis of calm common sense for me in 2005Just emerging from the sordid struggles of an overly pushy office environment how life had accelerated since I joined my then seemingly so sleepy establishment in the early 1970’s this was the anodyne I needed for my fast and furious lifestyleThe novel strolls uietly and almost a bit too impersonally though in 2005 that was ME through this wonderfully intelligent French woman’s fin de siècle industrious life Her youthful passion for the piano Her lifelong mastery of building those very instruments The men in her life Her passions and her mistakesNow that I am rereading Thomas Hardy I see clearly that The Piano Maker is modestly cast in the mold of such slow nineteenth century novels as hisAs I say at times I yearned for a touch humanity from Palka Perhaps in his other novels it’s evident His writing is almost masterful but austere It’s beautiful but beautifully distantDistant as the snow covered farmers’ fields in the Canadian Maritime provinces in the old days glimpsed from the window of a chugging locomotive by a middle aged widow named Hélène distant to this world in her discrete reserve en route to her destinyYes perhaps that’s just it For Hélène is as beautifully distant as a mourning womanMourning her secret past a past soon to be made public as snow fills up the fields


  3. Ashley Daviau Ashley Daviau says:

    This was such a beautiful story and it had me absolutely enthralled right from the get go Historical fiction is either a hit or a miss for me and this was definitely a hit It had just the right mix of history and storytelling to draw you right in and really make you feel for the characters I also really loved that it was partially set in Montrealuebec it made me feel really connected to the story I really enjoyed how it all came together in the end it was such a fitting conclusion to the story


  4. Diane Barnes Diane Barnes says:

    A good story uietly written I enjoyed the first 23 of the book then it lost steam It could have been the book or it could have been me


  5. Shane Shane says:

    This novel reminded me of the movie Chocolate where a strange woman arrives in a small town and starts to transform it But the comparison ends there for the light hearted movie does not end with the same dramatic and tragic revelations contained in this book Helene is a middle aged French woman skilled in playing piano and in the craft of piano making She is well dressed walks with a limp and drives a brand new car It is 1933 and she arrives via Montreal at a rural Nova Scotian village St Homais on the French Shore Rather uickly by displaying her talent for music she obtains work and accommodation at the parish church playing piano and conducting the choir Like with all small towns she attracts both fans and detractors for she is from away And she has secrets Big ones Some even leading to murder When her dark secret is outed and she is placed under house arrest in the church pending trial business booms in St Homais for everyone wants to attend church to see a suspected killer everyone wants to attend a murder trial The fans and detractors alike except for Helen's inner circle of loyal friends become gawkersWe are uickly introduced to two story lines one in the present day beginning when Helene arrives in St Homais; and the older one of Helen's childhood her apprenticeship in the family piano factory marriage and business partnership with a man Nathan who was to shape her future in ways than one The two story lines interweave slowly and build up to a rapid fire climax when they become inseparable from each other one scene from the past leading to the next from the present and vice versa A very clever device on the part of the author to maintain suspense and interestIn the process we are given glimpses into the affects of World War I on survivors and on the occupied territory France in this case the conscription of men the inevitable news of a loved one dying the futility of love when the men are transient and very soon dead the shutting down of businesses due to the lack of labour the monotonous meals scrounged from anywhere even hunted in one's backyard the scramble for firewood during winter the routine billeting of soldiers in citizens' houses We get an insight into piano making and the sale of antiuities that Helene gets into with the aid and coaxing of Nathan an older man who once desired her but had to settle for being her business partner Hers is a charmed life amidst the devastation of war and the perils of travelling to colonized foreign lands to secure treasures paid for so richly by colonial museums and private collectors a practice now considered illegal with former owners seeking redress Inevitably Helene too has to face the occupational hazard of the lure of filthy lucre To discuss the plot any further would be to create spoilers so I will refrain other than to say that Palka spins a good tale backed with rich historical data and exercising strong narrative control As much as he will dwell inordinately perhaps to create suspense and mood on a scene where Helene paces her bedroom awaiting trial he will rush through the entire year she spent in Indo China in a few pages I thought he would get into trouble depicting the platonic non sexual relationship between Nathan and Helene but he manages that well for it is a pivotal hinge and could have snapped the story apart like being caught in a bear trapI have read Palka's earlier novel Clara and I saw shades of similarity war and its effects In Clara we were dealing with WWII strong women with tragic flaws who marry soldiers converging story lines However while Clara read like a family history being fictionalized The Piano Maker is a suspense novel and is far interesting to read once you get through the early set up chapters I had the pleasure of meeting the author at a reading recently and I hope he continues to write fiction in the years ahead


  6. Denise Denise says:

    Enjoyable intriguing fascinating read with a strong independent woman as the main character


  7. Tanya Wiles-bell Tanya Wiles-bell says:

    I adore strong female characters especially when they are from a time in history 1814 1830's when it was unusual for women to be skilled craftsmen have a career be business smart have male friends and travel to exotic locales to boot Helene from The Piano Maker is all of that and Author Kurt Palka tells us Helene's story which begins in Montmagny France and ends in Saint Homais Nova Scotia with adventures in Haiphong England Montreal and Alberta in between with skill and wonderful attention to detail I found myself wishing to share a cup of tea with Helene so that she could tell me about her amazing life Love deep sorrow and unimaginable circumstances touch Helene's life and threaten to haunt her until finally she tells her story in court and at last finds closure This was a book that I started at midnight and could not put down until the wee hours of the morning It was well worth it I look forward to reading of Mr Palka's work


  8. Erin Erin says:

    This was an easy and highly engaging book to sit out and enjoy the June sunshine this afternoon The Piano Maker refers to the novel's female protagonist Helene Giroux who mysteriously appears in a small French village in the easterly Canadian province of Nova Scotia Residents are intrigued enough to wonder as to why such a uniue woman would stay in their little town and the reasoning behind Helene's arrival uickly emerges to the reader's attention I've never read a Kurt Palka novel before but I certainly will be keeping an eye out for his other books in the future As an asideI felt it was very interesting that there was no author's note at the back of the book Simply a link to a website if we wanted information Mr Palka we're readers Of coursewe want the back story


  9. Magdelanye Magdelanye says:

    Its not often that I will read a book in a dayWhat prompted me was my in person book club It was the book club that recommended we read it but I was way too absorbed in other books to pick it up until yesterday I didnt actually plan to read it at that point mainly because I wanted to wait until I got to Nova Scotia on my cross country tour challenge However it seemed I could not put it down for long as KP really draws the reader in immediately The writing is as spare and austere as the little towns that dot the French Shore of Acadia A woman shows up in one of these towns a stranger with a reference and gift for both languages and the piano Although elements of her story were a bit too fantastical and the information about the hand construction of pianos was a bit overwhelming for the most part the male author uite gets the female povPerhaps the perfect mystery tale for those who dont much like mysteries I'd give it 4 out of 7 which translates to GR 35


  10. Douglas Clarke Douglas Clarke says:

    An interesting enough yarn But the depiction of Canadian criminal procedure is abysmal Thus the courtroom drama is just silly


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10 thoughts on “The Piano Maker

  1. Jaline Jaline says:

    Once again I have been mesmerized by Kurt Palka’s storytelling and wonderful writing This is the story of Hélène Giroux daughter of Master piano makers in France and later a Master herself Hélène’s story moves in time and place from the years leading up to WWI through to the 1930’s and from France to Asia to England and to Canada with many shorter and longer side trips in betweenDuring the war years Hélène loses her mother her husband and eventually the family business She and her young daughter Claire seek sanctuary in England but times are hard for everyone financially Through friends she is able to find her way to Canada and an old acuaintance helps her to find ways to support herselfHélène is strong and resilient and determined yet even she cannot foresee the strength and courage that will be reuired to move through everything life brings her way There is an underlying mystery and eventually there is a trial to face even though this concerned a time in their lives that Hélène thought was well behind themI cannot articulate what is about Kurt Palka’s stories and writing that I find so compelling The dialogue is definitely part of it How people address each other and the ways they communicate feel so true to reality Even beyond that the way he weaves their descriptions and activities throughout their interactions with each other brings them vividly into my mind’s eye It is the endearing little movements and ways they carry themselves and relate to each other that makes me want to reach in to the story and touch themI loved this book and would recommend it to everyone who is interested in the times and places mentioned A bonus also awaits anyone who has ever been moved by music

  2. Fergus Fergus says:

    The perfect wintertime read I would imagine as soft snow dusts the barren frosty fields Sorta like it was on the old time Bay of Fundy coast for Hélène Giroux aridly awaiting trial for a crime no one thinks her mature modesty could for even a moment entertain committing It would be nice to read this imperfect leisurely paced novel once again while snowboundIts wonderful and so carefully accretive atmosphere is so hauntingFor I loved Hélène her decency her resigned sense that perhaps “dulce et decorum est in hic patria mori” Yes for perhaps as the snowflakes scatter into pleasant oblivion the obtrusive ground level realities of the First World War’s gross denial of all decent behaviour and the uglier realities of a personal postwar secret no significant accumulation of whiteness can now hide perhaps in such a winter refuge it would even be sweet in her adoptive country to resign the weary toil of life at lastThe book ambles through the course of an underplayed feminine life serene in its uiet integrityI don’t think I’ve ever read such a wonderfully downplayed recent novel in these times that are designed for their shock value alone This book was an oasis of calm common sense for me in 2005Just emerging from the sordid struggles of an overly pushy office environment how life had accelerated since I joined my then seemingly so sleepy establishment in the early 1970’s this was the anodyne I needed for my fast and furious lifestyleThe novel strolls uietly and almost a bit too impersonally though in 2005 that was ME through this wonderfully intelligent French woman’s fin de siècle industrious life Her youthful passion for the piano Her lifelong mastery of building those very instruments The men in her life Her passions and her mistakesNow that I am rereading Thomas Hardy I see clearly that The Piano Maker is modestly cast in the mold of such slow nineteenth century novels as hisAs I say at times I yearned for a touch humanity from Palka Perhaps in his other novels it’s evident His writing is almost masterful but austere It’s beautiful but beautifully distantDistant as the snow covered farmers’ fields in the Canadian Maritime provinces in the old days glimpsed from the window of a chugging locomotive by a middle aged widow named Hélène distant to this world in her discrete reserve en route to her destinyYes perhaps that’s just it For Hélène is as beautifully distant as a mourning womanMourning her secret past a past soon to be made public as snow fills up the fields

  3. Ashley Daviau Ashley Daviau says:

    This was such a beautiful story and it had me absolutely enthralled right from the get go Historical fiction is either a hit or a miss for me and this was definitely a hit It had just the right mix of history and storytelling to draw you right in and really make you feel for the characters I also really loved that it was partially set in Montrealuebec it made me feel really connected to the story I really enjoyed how it all came together in the end it was such a fitting conclusion to the story

  4. Diane Barnes Diane Barnes says:

    A good story uietly written I enjoyed the first 23 of the book then it lost steam It could have been the book or it could have been me

  5. Shane Shane says:

    This novel reminded me of the movie Chocolate where a strange woman arrives in a small town and starts to transform it But the comparison ends there for the light hearted movie does not end with the same dramatic and tragic revelations contained in this book Helene is a middle aged French woman skilled in playing piano and in the craft of piano making She is well dressed walks with a limp and drives a brand new car It is 1933 and she arrives via Montreal at a rural Nova Scotian village St Homais on the French Shore Rather uickly by displaying her talent for music she obtains work and accommodation at the parish church playing piano and conducting the choir Like with all small towns she attracts both fans and detractors for she is from away And she has secrets Big ones Some even leading to murder When her dark secret is outed and she is placed under house arrest in the church pending trial business booms in St Homais for everyone wants to attend church to see a suspected killer everyone wants to attend a murder trial The fans and detractors alike except for Helen's inner circle of loyal friends become gawkersWe are uickly introduced to two story lines one in the present day beginning when Helene arrives in St Homais; and the older one of Helen's childhood her apprenticeship in the family piano factory marriage and business partnership with a man Nathan who was to shape her future in ways than one The two story lines interweave slowly and build up to a rapid fire climax when they become inseparable from each other one scene from the past leading to the next from the present and vice versa A very clever device on the part of the author to maintain suspense and interestIn the process we are given glimpses into the affects of World War I on survivors and on the occupied territory France in this case the conscription of men the inevitable news of a loved one dying the futility of love when the men are transient and very soon dead the shutting down of businesses due to the lack of labour the monotonous meals scrounged from anywhere even hunted in one's backyard the scramble for firewood during winter the routine billeting of soldiers in citizens' houses We get an insight into piano making and the sale of antiuities that Helene gets into with the aid and coaxing of Nathan an older man who once desired her but had to settle for being her business partner Hers is a charmed life amidst the devastation of war and the perils of travelling to colonized foreign lands to secure treasures paid for so richly by colonial museums and private collectors a practice now considered illegal with former owners seeking redress Inevitably Helene too has to face the occupational hazard of the lure of filthy lucre To discuss the plot any further would be to create spoilers so I will refrain other than to say that Palka spins a good tale backed with rich historical data and exercising strong narrative control As much as he will dwell inordinately perhaps to create suspense and mood on a scene where Helene paces her bedroom awaiting trial he will rush through the entire year she spent in Indo China in a few pages I thought he would get into trouble depicting the platonic non sexual relationship between Nathan and Helene but he manages that well for it is a pivotal hinge and could have snapped the story apart like being caught in a bear trapI have read Palka's earlier novel Clara and I saw shades of similarity war and its effects In Clara we were dealing with WWII strong women with tragic flaws who marry soldiers converging story lines However while Clara read like a family history being fictionalized The Piano Maker is a suspense novel and is far interesting to read once you get through the early set up chapters I had the pleasure of meeting the author at a reading recently and I hope he continues to write fiction in the years ahead

  6. Denise Denise says:

    Enjoyable intriguing fascinating read with a strong independent woman as the main character

  7. Tanya Wiles-bell Tanya Wiles-bell says:

    I adore strong female characters especially when they are from a time in history 1814 1830's when it was unusual for women to be skilled craftsmen have a career be business smart have male friends and travel to exotic locales to boot Helene from The Piano Maker is all of that and Author Kurt Palka tells us Helene's story which begins in Montmagny France and ends in Saint Homais Nova Scotia with adventures in Haiphong England Montreal and Alberta in between with skill and wonderful attention to detail I found myself wishing to share a cup of tea with Helene so that she could tell me about her amazing life Love deep sorrow and unimaginable circumstances touch Helene's life and threaten to haunt her until finally she tells her story in court and at last finds closure This was a book that I started at midnight and could not put down until the wee hours of the morning It was well worth it I look forward to reading of Mr Palka's work

  8. Erin Erin says:

    This was an easy and highly engaging book to sit out and enjoy the June sunshine this afternoon The Piano Maker refers to the novel's female protagonist Helene Giroux who mysteriously appears in a small French village in the easterly Canadian province of Nova Scotia Residents are intrigued enough to wonder as to why such a uniue woman would stay in their little town and the reasoning behind Helene's arrival uickly emerges to the reader's attention I've never read a Kurt Palka novel before but I certainly will be keeping an eye out for his other books in the future As an asideI felt it was very interesting that there was no author's note at the back of the book Simply a link to a website if we wanted information Mr Palka we're readers Of coursewe want the back story

  9. Magdelanye Magdelanye says:

    Its not often that I will read a book in a dayWhat prompted me was my in person book club It was the book club that recommended we read it but I was way too absorbed in other books to pick it up until yesterday I didnt actually plan to read it at that point mainly because I wanted to wait until I got to Nova Scotia on my cross country tour challenge However it seemed I could not put it down for long as KP really draws the reader in immediately The writing is as spare and austere as the little towns that dot the French Shore of Acadia A woman shows up in one of these towns a stranger with a reference and gift for both languages and the piano Although elements of her story were a bit too fantastical and the information about the hand construction of pianos was a bit overwhelming for the most part the male author uite gets the female povPerhaps the perfect mystery tale for those who dont much like mysteries I'd give it 4 out of 7 which translates to GR 35

  10. Douglas Clarke Douglas Clarke says:

    An interesting enough yarn But the depiction of Canadian criminal procedure is abysmal Thus the courtroom drama is just silly

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