Love is Blind
Piano tuner Brodie Moncur, 24, is the kind of “Scotchman” folk want to adopt. Self-righteous, drunken, preacher father Malky persecutes him at the manse where he and his siblings were raised; where mother Moira died in childbirth in 1884, when Brodie was 14. But Brodie is generous and circumspect.
His boyhood perfect pitch at St Mungo’s Church choir was local legend; Lady Dalcastle becoming his patron. She found him employ at Scotland’s fourth largest piano store. When owner Ainsley Channon sends Brodie to Paris as assistant to his spendthrift son manager, Brodie must carry the can for Calder Channon’s embezzlement. Boyd’s rich and romantic journey takes us around the world, first to St Petersburg, where Brodie becomes tuner to “Irish Liszt” John Kilbarron. But when he discovers Brodie has been sleeping with his soprano Lydia “Lika” Blum, a duel hastens a departure back to Europe. Wanted man Brodie finally flees to the far-flung Andaman and Nicobar Islands, his whole life devoted to Lika.