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'I was born with the gift of rain ..'
, January 4, 2008
This review is from: The Gift Of Rain (Paperback)
This is a powerful and compelling first novel. Starting in 1939 on Penang Island, the novel tells the story of Philip Hutton and his friendship with Hayato Endo.
As war engulfs much of Asia and spills into Malaya, tensions between families and within families overwhelm both the past and the present. While the characters are fictional, the historical setting is not. The story moves through the events of the war and, with the visit of Michiko, a friend of Hayato Endo, some 50 years later we are able to fill in many of the gaps between the past and the present.
This is a story of betrayal, cruelty, courage and love. Above all, it is a reminder that first impressions are not always complete or accurate.
'What will damn us will not be papers, but the memories of men.'
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