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“The Garden of Evening Mists offers action-packed, end-of-empire storytelling in the vein of Tan’s compatriot Tash Aw. His fictional garden cultivates formal harmony –but also undermines it. It unmasks sophisticated artistry as a partner of pain and lies. This duality invests the novel with a climate of doubt; a mood – as with Aritomo’s creation – of “tension and possibility”. Its beauty never comes to rest.”
Very good story and beautifully written. I got quite wrapped up in the characters, but was a little difficult to follow. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Sheila Sullivan
A harrowing book to read but beautiful in it's own way. As a gardener and garden lover I was very interested in the descriptions of the Japanese style. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Arthur Dawson
Another beautiful read by Eng. He takes you through the experiences of a young woman who becomes a part of you. It is deeply moving and beautifully written. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Dolores Steinberg
The Garden of Evening Mists is a good read, but I did find it slow in parts. There's always a benefit to reading something that teaches you new information in the process and that... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Teresa C. McCagh
Fascinating, really held my interest.
Heartbreaking when you realize what one has to do to survive so many challenges in life and still keep going. Read more
Excellent - moving, sensual and lyrical. It's informative about that time and place in a very emotionally-satisfying way.Published 5 days ago by Linda A. Pelc
I cannot-do not have the words to describe the books written by Tan Twan Eng. I recommend them to anyone that loves a good book. He writes of a time when the world is at war. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Rowan
Superb novel, engrossing and mesmerizing. I had to go back to the beginning and start rereading immediately, just to retrace the steps from page one. Highly recommend this book.Published 7 days ago by Nancy Nylen