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Thad Carhart never realized there was a gap in his life until he happened upon Desforges Pianos, a demure little shopfront in his Pairs neighborhood that seemed to want to hide rather than advertise its wares. Like Alice in Wonderland, he found his attempts to gain entry rebuffed at every turn. An accidental introduction finally opened the door to the quartier’s oddest hangout, where locals — from university professors to pipefitters — gather on Friday evenings to discuss music, love, and life over a glass of wine.

Luc, the atelier’s master, proves an excellent guide to the history of this most gloriously impractical of instruments. A bewildering variety passes through his restorer’s hands: delicate ancient pianofortes, one perhaps the onetime possession of Beethoven. Great hulking beasts of thunderous voice. And the modest piano “with the heart of a lion” that was to become Thad’s own.

What emerges is a warm and intuitive portrait of the secret Paris — one closed to all but a knowing few. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is the perfect book for music lovers, or for anyone who longs to recapture a lost passion.


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Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Jun 12, 2001
ISBN: 9780375507007
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Thad Carhart is an adult American, returned to Paris where he had learned to play the piano as a child. He is married to a French woman and lives with her and their 2 children in a traditional Parisian neighborhood or quartier. But he is a outsider, in a way, even though the children attend a near-by school, and he shops in the local market and he has business dealings throughout the neighborhood.. It is his quest to find a piano and resume his love of playing that makes him a part of his neighborhood....for American ways are different from French ways and as he learns about the French point-of-view, so does the reader. He does find a piano, but so much more. A delightful read....read more
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Thad Carhart is an adult American, returned to Paris where he had learned to play the piano as a child. He is married to a French woman and lives with her and their 2 children in a traditional Parisian neighborhood or quartier. But he is a outsider, in a way, even though the children attend a near-by school, and he shops in the local market and he has business dealings throughout the neighborhood.. It is his quest to find a piano and resume his love of playing that makes him a part of his neighborhood....for American ways are different from French ways and as he learns about the French point-of-view, so does the reader. He does find a piano, but so much more. A delightful read....
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A delightful and informative book
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I read this as a Kindle ebook.It was ok, but I didn't enjoy it as much as Grand Obsession.
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A delightful and even captivating book especially for those who enjoy playing or listening to the piano. The author has an engaging style and a beautiful story about the spirit of a place that seems almost like a fairy tale in the telling. The book certainly rekindled and expanded my own love for all things pianistic.
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This book was a pleasant surprise. I started taking lessons at 6 and grew up playing the piano and not having one in the house has made me a little lazy in my practice, but reading this book renewed my passion, not only for the piano, but for music in general. It's a quick read and definitely one worth checking out...particularly if you already love music and appreciate a well-made instrument!
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I loved this book and did not stop reading it!
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