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by Thad Carhart (Author)

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Title:The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier
Authors:Thad Carhart (Author)
Info:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2002), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier by Thad Carhart (2000)



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Very specific subject. Very technical but easy to understand. Makes u want to practice and even own a real piano again ( )
  kakadoo202 | May 11, 2019 |
I chose this book because it took place in Paris which I love. However, I gained a real sense of appreciation for pianos and the art of them by reading this book. Carhart not only brings alive the atelier which sells and restores the pianos, but he brings to life the Paris neighborhood it is located in as well. You also get to meet several interesting people from the area. This is really an interesting read and it brings to live a piece of Paris most of us will never get to experience in person. Not only for lovers of music but for lovers of Paris as well. ( )
  bnbookgirl | Aug 25, 2016 |
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Atelier – Thad Carhart 4 stars
This book is difficult to categorize. It is a memoir with a great deal of music history and a bit of travelogue thrown in. Although some parts were dry much of it was surprisingly interesting. The framework of the book takes place around a shop in Paris where used and antique pianos are sold and restored. The author visits the shop out of curiosity and finds himself reconnecting with his childhood fascination with the piano. His interest is not just with playing the piano but with the instrument itself. The book explores the history of the piano and the art and science of building and maintaining an instrument. It’s full of surprising bits of trivia from the world of music: the expertise needed to tune a piano, the many different kinds of wood that can be used in building a piano and how they effect the tone of the instrument, the role of an accompanist; lots of little “How about that!” anecdotes.
This was an enjoyable read and it left me with a greater sense of appreciation for the enormous amount of work and creativity that goes into a piece of music that I listen to without effort.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
EXCELLENT. A memoir of rediscovering the joys of the piano. An American writer, living in Paris, discovers a quaint little piano shop where the proprietor refuses entry to his shop where he repairs, restores and sells pianos to select customers. But once Carhart gets a proper introduction, he is taken into the fold and soon is matched with just the right instrument. Oh, this made me want to start practicing the piano again. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 10, 2016 |
Excellent read! A character study of pianos, the French, and Paris. Thad Carhart took a subject I would consider rather dull (pianos)and turned it into a narrative I found hard to put down. ( )
  Cleoxcat | May 28, 2015 |
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Along a narrow street in the Paris neighborhood where I live sits a little store front with a simple sign stencilled on the window: 'Desforges Pianos: outillage, fournitures'.
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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.

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“[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


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The author passes a little storefront in Paris every day and finally enters to find a shop filled with dismantled pianos where, on Fridays, local people gather to discuss music, love, and life over a glass of wine.

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