The Piano Shop on the Left Bank : The Hidden World of a Paris Atelier, Paperback

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank : The Hidden World of a Paris Atelier Paperback

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T. E. Carhart, an American living in Paris, is intrigued by a piano repair shop hidden down a street near his apartment.

When he finally gains admittance to the secretive world of the atelier, he finds himself in an enormous glass-roofed workshop filled with dozens of pianos.

His love affair with this most magical of instruments and its music is reawakened.

Packed with delicate cameos of Parisians and reflections on how pianos work and their glorious history, The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is an atmospheric and absorbing journey to an older way of life.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Keyboard instruments
  • ISBN: 9780099288237



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Original and lyrical first novel. Carhart enchants with his enthusiasm for the piano and his observations of Paris life, and instructs with his historical knowledge and anecdotes. The whole book is evocative and inviting, as his light and personal style delivers the narrative with friendly ease. A charming memento of Paris!

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A delightful and informative book

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To call this lovely book lyrical just seems so, well, twee. Yet, try as I might, nothing else seems as apropos. So, lyrical it is. Tad Carhart has woven threads of love of music, theories of learning, personal history, Parisian oddities, technical background and interesting eccentrics into a delightful little story that was fun and quick to read. I'm so happy to have found this book and benefitted from our authors obsession.

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I enjoyed this book, which says a lot as I am not in the least musical and have little interest in music. The author evokes Paris beautifully, and presents the people he meets with sympathy and understanding. The detail is as absorbing as the wider story.