The Piano

by Jane Campion, Kate Pullinger | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0747518297 Global Overview for this book
Registered by E-J-V of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on 5/5/2007
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by E-J-V from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, May 05, 2007
From the back-cover:
The explosive and sensual story of a Victorian woman's sexual awakening - now told for the first time.

In her award-winning film
The Piano, Jane Campion told a love story so stunningly original that it transfixed millions of film-goers all over the world. Although she had already spent ten years writing and making the film, Campion continued to be haunted by her characters and decided to tell the whole story. Delving deeply intot the character's pasts, the novel reveals why Ada has stopped speaking, the history of the piano, and the secred of Flora's conception. We also find out about Baines's mysterious past, and discover what lies behind Stewart's stark loneliness.

I've never seen the movie and - to be honest - I bought the book just for the title. I found the story to be verry gripping and I read the book in one sitting.

Journal Entry 2 by E-J-V from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Saturday, May 26, 2007
This book is a RING with the following participants:
* bestfriends
* redfloor
* afraberg
* Plinius
* biba89
*. ..
* terug naar mij

Sent to bestfriends today

Journal Entry 3 by bestfriends from - Ergens in de provincie, Gelderland Netherlands on Tuesday, May 29, 2007
In my mailbox today. Thanks.

I have seen the movie several times. The last time was only two weeks ago on France 3 *), probably broadcasted that particular week, because of the Cannes Film Festival (it won the Golden Palm in 1993). I loved it again, in spite of the French voiceover.

I always had some question marks though. Some were filled in, when watching it a second or third time. It has several layers and beautiful symbolic scenes. You keep on discovering new things, you did not notice the previous time you watched it! One of Jane Campion's accomplishments as a director.

Some questions still remain though. This book promises to tell "the whole story", so I'm very curious to see if they will be answered. The main reason for joining this ring. Normally I never read a book after having seen the film. Besides: The film was not adapted from a novel; it was originally a screenplay. We'll see. Up next, as I just finished my current read.

*) E-J-V, I sent you a PM, to let you know about the movie on French TV! Later I read in your blog that you had other things on your mind at the time. (Gefeliciteerd en ik hoop dat Vancouver geweldig was :)

Journal Entry 4 by bestfriends from - Ergens in de provincie, Gelderland Netherlands on Thursday, May 31, 2007
Finished reading yesterday. A quick read on a rainy afternoon. Most of my questions have been answered now!

If you have seen the film, this is a nice way to get more background information about the main characters; facts about their previous lives, the movie does not mention (and probably for a reason! These mysteries are part of its charm, I guess).

If you haven't: Go get that DVD! You won't regret it. I myself prefer it to the book, by far.

Will travel to redfloor soon.

Mailed 4-6-2006

Note: Because it took only 6 days for me to read it AND send it on, I felt justified to choose the newly discovered cheaper rate for books (Economique 2, Tarif Livres-brochures) which may keep the book on the slowtrain a while longer, than a more expensive postal rate would have. Sofar books sent this way arrive after about 12-14 days, which is still reasonable

Journal Entry 5 by redfloor from Amersfoort, Utrecht Netherlands on Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Thank you for sending this book. I hope to read it soon.

Journal Entry 6 by redfloor from Amersfoort, Utrecht Netherlands on Wednesday, July 04, 2007
I always wanted to see this movie, so I started with the book. I thought the book was okay, but I still want to see the movie. I'll send it to Afraberg.

Journal Entry 7 by afraberg from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, July 08, 2007
Yesterday this book arrived in my mailbox and I started reading today.

Thank you very much for sending this book Redfloor! And E-J-V thank you very much for making this book a bookring!

Journal Entry 8 by afraberg from Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, July 11, 2007
What a very dark atmosphere in this book! But I liked it very much, although for me it was hard to understand the Victorian morality and social structures.

I've sent the book to Plinius today.

Journal Entry 9 by Plinius from Schiedam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, July 12, 2007
in today's post, thank you Afraberg, and also for the nice card and magnet!

Journal Entry 10 by Plinius from Schiedam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Wednesday, August 01, 2007
I had seen the film some time before I read the book and to me the film was somewhat unsatisfactory because of the lack of background of the three main characters. The book remedies that, and it matches the film in beauty and atmosphere. Thanks for ringing, E-J-V!

Journal Entry 11 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Sunday, August 12, 2007
The book arrived today, with a slight detour. I refrained from reading the other journal entries, even though I know you wouldn''t give away spoilers. I can''t wait to start reading this book.

Journal Entry 12 by biba89 from Olst, Overijssel Netherlands on Saturday, August 18, 2007
I have seen the film, several times, it is one of my all-time favourites. This book seems like the script of the director''s cut, made into a book. The information on the background of Ada, Baines, Stewart and Flora is the total of deleted scenes from the film. The only thing I missed is the amazing landscape.
So, it was just like watching a favourite movie again, hearing the music and their voices in my head. Just like Stewart did... and I enjoyed that very much. Thank you for making this book available!
Let''s see, who is the next one on the list?

Journal Entry 13 by E-J-V from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Thursday, September 06, 2007
The book arrived at my parents' house yesterday. My mum called especially to say it had arrived (and could she read it please ;-) )

Thanks everybody for participating. I really enjoyed reading all your JE.

Journal Entry 14 by Plinius at Schiedam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, February 21, 2011
from the meeting at SylS´.

Journal Entry 15 by Plinius at Buurthuis Alexanderpolder in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Monday, February 21, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (2/22/2011 UTC) at Buurthuis Alexanderpolder in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands


This book gets a job in the course of English at the community centre.


Hello finder! If you read this, you have found a travelling book.

You can read this book, make a note of how you liked the book (it's free
and you can stay anonymous if you like) and release it 'in the wild' or
pass it on to someone else.

If you want to follow the book on its 'world tour' you'd better register as
a new bookcrosser. You could mention my name (Plinius) as Referring Member. I
would appreciate that very much.

There's an explanation in Dutch at and there's
also a Dutch forum

Have fun reading and bookcrossing!


Hallo boekvinder,

als je dit leest heb je een zwerfboek gevonden, gefeliciteerd!

Je kunt dit boek lezen, hopelijk is het iets dat je leuk vindt, je kunt je mening erover hier opschrijven (gratis, spamvrij, en je kunt anoniem blijven als je wilt) en het weer doorgeven of loslaten 'in het wild' voor een volgende lezer.

Als je net als ik het boek wilt volgen op zijn wereldreis kun je ook bookcrosser worden. In dat geval zou je mijn naam (Plinius) kunnen vermelden als Referring Member. Dat zou ik leuk vinden.

Nederlandse uitleg vind je op en er is ook een Nederlands forum op

Veel lees- en BookCrossplezier gewenst!


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