Day: August 22, 2012

The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek

One book to match all those shades of grey – The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek

What really made me pick this book is the great divide between those who love it and those who hate it to bone. A couple of friends bashed it with a one-star, and instead of running away from it, I wished for it during our Christmas party exchange gift. I was given Pamuk and Muller books, so I took the time to hunt for Jelinek and luckily, I found her. I mentioned months ago that I’ve already watched the film adaptation of this, and that’s another reason I want to read this. I was both haunted and disturbed by that piano teacher. You see this middle-aged pianist coming home with a new dress, and then her mom scolds her for buying something that she doesn’t need, and then the two pull each other’s hair. The novel begins with the same scene, and if you imagine by that alone that this is a ferocious battle between an overbearing mother and a repressed daughter, then you better keep your guard up for there is more to come. …