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The Gift Of Rain by Tan Twan Eng

The Gift Of Rain (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Tan Twan Eng

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Title:The Gift Of Rain
Authors:Tan Twan Eng
Info:Myrmidon (2007), Paperback, 448 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:historical, WWII, Malaysia

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The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng (2007)

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    The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama (Limelite)
    Limelite: Another young interracial Chinese boy's coming of age during WWII, only this one is set in Japan.
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    An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro (bibliobibuli)
    bibliobibuli: The Gift of Rain was greatly influenced by this book.

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This story works perfectly. Beware the blurb hinting at something which you find too soon in the story. ( )
  BridgitDavis | Feb 28, 2017 |
I thoroughly enjoyed the first half but the second half is depressing. ( )
  essjay1 | Jan 11, 2017 |
Half Chinese, half English, in the colony of Malaysia on the eve of Japanese invasion, this book tells the story of Philip Hutton and his navigation through his mixed origins and divided loyalties. Philip's relationship with his Japanese 'sensei' Hayato Endo is the fulcrum of the novel; Endo teaches him martial arts and a way of being; but as a Japanese diplomat the relationship is much more complex than that. Eng writes very evocatively about the smells, tastes and beauties of this word; he takes us up to the modern world and back to the last days of the Chinese empire through a complex web of personal and political relationships. It made me want to travel to that part of the world.
  otterley | Dec 31, 2016 |
Takes the readers from the final days of the Chinese emperors to the dying era of the British Empire, with a young man's perilous journey through the betrayals of war and into manhood. (summary from ISBN 1602860246)

This book is beautifully written. Eng's use of prose draws the reader into the story and allows us to experience life in 1939 Penang. I haven't read much about the Pacific Theater during WWII, so Eng's detailed narrative was very informative. ( )
  lrobe190 | Nov 19, 2016 |
Malay during the time of WWII...this book is beautifully written but hard to take at times. It's not just a story about war though - it's about friendship and love. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
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This remarkable debut saga of intrigue and akido flashes back to a darkly opulent WWII-era Malaya. Phillip Hutton, 72, lives in serene Penang comfort, occasionally training students as an akido master teacher of teachers. A visit from Michiko Murakami sends him spiraling back into his past, where he grows up the alienated half-British, half-Chinese son of a wealthy Penang trader in the years before WWII. When Hutton's father and three siblings leave him to run the family company one summer, he befriends a mysterious Japanese neighbor named Mr. Endo. Japan is on the opposing side of the coming war, but Endo paradoxically opts to train Hutton in the ways of aikido, in what both men come to see as the fulfillment of a prophecy that has haunted them for several lifetimes. When the Japanese army invades Malaya, chaos reigns, and Phillip makes a secret, very profitable deal. He cannot, however, offset the costs of his friendship with Endo. Eng's characters are as deep and troubled as the time in which the story takes place, and he draws on a rich palette to create a sprawling portrait of a lesser explored corner of the war. Hutton's first-person narration is measured, believable and enthralling.
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"The Gift of Rain is the story of Philip Hutton and the haunting tragedies that befall him when he becomes entangled in a web of wartime loyalties and deceits. In 1939, at the outset of World War II, sixteen- year-old Philip is a lonely outsider on the lush Malayan island of Penang. Alienated from his community and family, he at last discovers a sense of belonging through an unexpected friendship with another outsider -- a foreign diplomat whose true purpose on the island will ultimately bring unspeakable devastation. When Philip discovers he has been an unwitting traitor to his homeland and its people, he must work in secret to save as many lives as possible, even as his own family is torn apart. At once harrowing and luminous, Tan Twan Eng's celebrated debut novel is a thrilling epic and a true literary page-turner."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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