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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.”
This was such a great read. Very descriptive and wonderful metaphors. Made me want to learn more about the history oped scribed in the book. Highly recommend.Published 15 hours ago by Natalie Klink
Beautifully written, engaging story and characters. Leaves the reader wanting more by the author, highly recommend.Published 1 day ago by Nancy B.
Good but not as good as The Gift of Rain. From a woman's point of view in this one.Published 3 days ago by sage3842
A lone survivor of Japan's prison camps aids an ousted King's gardener rebuild a Japanese garden and in the process rebuild themselves as we witness various layers of their... Read morePublished 4 days ago by ramidog
It is poetic, romantic and the language is used in spite of the terrible times and unhappiness described here. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Susan Glasser
Historical detail fascinating. Poetic passages to read and retread. Characters to understand and to remember and to care about. What more can be expected from a book?Published 10 days ago by Dale Claman
enjoyed her writing and learning more about the experience of the malayan people during wwIIPublished 12 days ago by Marsha S.