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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.”
There's almost too much historical detail, but the book was a great way to understand yet more about the aftermath of WWII and colonialism. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Harobed
An intricate novel well worth reading again for a better understanding. Beautiful descriptions, intriguing character. Read morePublished 17 days ago by courtney f. moran
The way in which Mr. Eng crafts his words with luscious, seductive passages is well worth purchasing this book, just to luxuriate - yes, LUXURIATE in the reading of his words. Read morePublished 19 days ago by tcaruso768
A really high quality book. Uplifting to read. Thanks for writing it.Published 22 days ago by Graham Allardice
Beautifully written on a difficult theme. Look forward to our book club's discussion.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Beautifully written. Love the imagery of Japanese gardens and the machinations of creating them. Thank you Tan Twan Eng.Published 24 days ago by Rebecca
Very interesting, unique story. Beautifully written historical fiction.Published 26 days ago by Panorpdx
I was thoroughly enchanted by his first novel "The Gift of Rain". This next novel not only teaches you about a difficult time in Malaysia but, once again, captures the... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Arlynn Brody
This was a lovely read., at times horrifying, at others just hugely descriptive. I enjoyed every page and didn't want to end each session I had with this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Avid Reader