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The recipient of extraordinary acclaim from critics and the bookselling community, Tan Twan Eng's debut novel casts a powerful spell and has garnered comparisons to celebrated wartime storytellers Somerset Maugham and Graham Greene. Set during the tumult of World War II, on the lush Malayan island of Penang, The Gift of Rain tells a riveting and poignant tale about a young man caught in the tangle of wartime loyalties and deceits.

In 1939, sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton-the half-Chinese, half-English youngest child of the head of one of Penang's great trading families-feels alienated from both the Chinese and British communities. He at last discovers a sense of belonging in his unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. Philip proudly shows his new friend around his adored island, and in return Endo teaches him about Japanese language and culture and trains him in the art and discipline of aikido. But such knowledge comes at a terrible price. When the Japanese savagely invade Malaya, Philip realizes that his mentor and sensei — to whom he owes absolute loyalty — is a Japanese spy. Young Philip has been an unwitting traitor, and must now work in secret to save as many lives as possible, even as his own family is brought to its knees.

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"This remarkable debut saga of intrigue and aikido flashes back to a darkly opulent WWII-era Malaya. [Eng] draws on a rich palette to create a sprawling portrait of a lesser-explored corner of the war." Publishers Weekly

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"Strong characters and page-turning action make this a top pick for historical fiction." Library Journal

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"[Eng's] novel is a meditation on the deals humans make to survive, as well as the bond between a pupil and his teacher in an Asian culture. Tan Twan Eng's lucid writing carries along the story effortlessly." Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

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"[A]n epic journey into the eye of the Asian storm, filled with the dread and turmoil that came with Japan's invasion of its neighbors. At the same time, Eng's tale overflows with mesmerizing beauty and wonder." Minneapolis Star Tribune

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"Eng's graceful prose evokes a time and place that is little known or remembered now, making it both exotic and familiar, and his beautiful narrative is woven with strong images and characters." San Fransisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

An epic novel nominated for the Man Booker Prize, this epic debut tells the story of a young man's perilous journey through the betrayals of war and into manhood.

About the Author

Tan Twan Eng was born in Penang and lived in various regions of Malaysia as a child. He studied law at the University of London, and later worked as an advocate and solicitor in one of Kuala Lumpur’s most respected law firms. The Gift of Rain, Mr. Tan’s first novel, was long-listed for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. He divides his time between Kuala Lumpur and Cape Town.

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Bookwomyn, February 18, 2011 (view all comments by Bookwomyn)
I second all the great reviews of this book. It is simply wonderful. I was sucked into the story from page one and was never bored with the story or tempted to quit reading it. I am easily distracted if a book is not great and don't bother with books that are just so-so. There are too many truly good ones - why waste the time and effort? It's not a premise that I would have thought would entice me but it certainly did. My adult daughter and a friend also read and loved the book.
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drjanice, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by drjanice)
Reading the The Gift of Rain brought me to another place and time. I loved the characters and the explosive issues that the time of WWII brought about in conflict of emotions, duty, and love. A great book always lingers in my mind long after the last page is read.
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Poethead, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Poethead)
This is a book that was overlooked by a lot of people. It is a tender story of love, conflict and deceit. The Gift of Rain tells a riveting and poignant tale about a young man caught in the tangle of wartime loyalties and deceits. It is a book that is beautifully written with wonderful prose. It's a great story, and is one of my favorites of 2010.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781602860742
Author:
Eng, Tan Twan
Publisher:
Weinstein Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
450
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 18.5 oz

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Product details 450 pages Weinstein Books - English 9781602860742 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This remarkable debut saga of intrigue and aikido flashes back to a darkly opulent WWII-era Malaya. [Eng] draws on a rich palette to create a sprawling portrait of a lesser-explored corner of the war."
"Review" by , "Strong characters and page-turning action make this a top pick for historical fiction."
"Review" by , "[Eng's] novel is a meditation on the deals humans make to survive, as well as the bond between a pupil and his teacher in an Asian culture. Tan Twan Eng's lucid writing carries along the story effortlessly."
"Review" by , "[A]n epic journey into the eye of the Asian storm, filled with the dread and turmoil that came with Japan's invasion of its neighbors. At the same time, Eng's tale overflows with mesmerizing beauty and wonder."
"Review" by , "Eng's graceful prose evokes a time and place that is little known or remembered now, making it both exotic and familiar, and his beautiful narrative is woven with strong images and characters."
"Synopsis" by , An epic novel nominated for the Man Booker Prize, this epic debut tells the story of a young man's perilous journey through the betrayals of war and into manhood.
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