BookBrowse Reviews The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng

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The Gift of Rain

A Novel

by Tan Twan Eng

The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
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  • First Published:
    May 2008, 448 pages
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    May 2009, 448 pages

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Kim Kovacs

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An epic debut nominated for the Man Booker Prize, which tells the story of a boy's perilous journey through the betrayals of war and into manhood

The Gift of Rain should be high on readers' lists if for no other reason than its lyrical narrative style. From the first page the author spins a web of words around the reader, drawing him or her into the sounds, sights and smells of Malaya:

"The light was fading and the scent of wet grass wove through the air like threads entwining with the perfume of the flowers, creating an intricate tapestry of fragrance. I was out on the terrace, alone as I had been for many years, on the edge of sleep, dreaming of another life. The door chimes echo through the house, hesitant, unfamiliar in a place they seldom entered, like a cat placing a tentative paw on a path it does not habitually walk."

The book is divided into two parts. The first half sets the stage. Phillip meets Endo and begins his ...

About the Author
Tan Twan Eng was born in Penang, but lived in various places in Malaysia as a child. He studied law through the University of London, and later worked as an advocate and solicitor (attorney) in one of Kuala Lumpur's most reputable law firms. He has a first-dan ranking in akido and is a strong proponent for the conservation of heritage buildings. After spending a year traveling around South Africa he has currently settled in Cape Town where he is working on his second book.

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In traditional Chinese style, the family name precedes the given name(s). Tan is the author's family name, Twan Eng his given names. Some authors choose to anglicize their names for the purposes of publishing in ...

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