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The Gift of Rain: A Novel by [Tan Twan Eng]

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Starred Review. This remarkable debut saga of intrigue and akido flashes back to a darkly opulent WWII-era Malaya. Phillip Hutton, 72, lives in serene Penang comfort, occasionally training students as an akido master teacher of teachers. A visit from Michiko Murakami sends him spiraling back into his past, where he grows up the alienated half-British, half-Chinese son of a wealthy Penang trader in the years before WWII. When Hutton's father and three siblings leave him to run the family company one summer, he befriends a mysterious Japanese neighbor named Mr. Endo. Japan is on the opposing side of the coming war, but Endo paradoxically opts to train Hutton in the ways of aikido, in what both men come to see as the fulfillment of a prophecy that has haunted them for several lifetimes. When the Japanese army invades Malaya, chaos reigns, and Phillip makes a secret, very profitable deal. He cannot, however, offset the costs of his friendship with Endo. Eng's characters are as deep and troubled as the time in which the story takes place, and he draws on a rich palette to create a sprawling portrait of a lesser explored corner of the war. Hutton's first-person narration is measured, believable and enthralling. (May)
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That Tan Twan Eng’s first book raised enough eyebrows in Britain to be considered for a Booker Prize should indicate the author’s budding talent. Indeed, reviews were strong across the board, and even the critics who took issue with aspects of Eng’s style that may occasionally come across as overdoneâ€"dialogue and some description, for instanceâ€"recognized that Eng’s voice and vision make a big first impression. Philip’s often dispassionate telling of his wartime activities bothered one critic, but most felt that he convincingly grappled with his decisions. Despite these minor flaws, A Gift of Rain is storytelling in the grand tradition, one of those rare books with heart and brain that revels in the history it relates and develops memorable characters with care and compassion.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0015DWM3Y
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hachette Books (May 5, 2009)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 5, 2009
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2487 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 460 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 1,950 ratings

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