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The Gift of Rain: A Novel av Tan Twan Eng
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The Gift of Rain: A Novel (urspr publ 2007; utgåvan 2009)

av Tan Twan Eng (Författare)

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Penang, 1939. Sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton is a loner. Half English, half Chinese and feeling neither, he discovers a sense of belonging in an unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. Philip shows his new friend around his adored island of Penang, and in return Endo trains him in the art and discipline of aikido. But such knowledge comes at a terrible price. The enigmatic Endo is bound by disciplines of his own and when the Japanese invade Malaya, threatening to destroy Philip's family and everything he loves, he realises that his trusted sensei - to whom he owes absolute loyalty - has been harbouring a devastating secret. Philip must risk everything in an attempt to save those he has placed in mortal danger and discover who and what he really is. With masterful and gorgeous narrative, replete with exotic and captivating images, sounds and aromas - of rain swept beaches, magical mountain temples, pungent spice warehouses, opulent colonial ballrooms and fetid and forbidding rainforests - Tan Twan Eng weaves a haunting and unforgettable story of betrayal, barbaric cruelty, steadfast courage and enduring love.… (mer)
Medlem:huckabees222
Titel:The Gift of Rain: A Novel
Författare:Tan Twan Eng (Författare)
Info:Hachette Books (2009), Edition: 34208th, 450 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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The Gift of Rain av Tan Twan Eng (2007)

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    The Samurai's Garden av Gail Tsukiyama (Limelite)
    Limelite: Another young interracial Chinese boy's coming of age during WWII, only this one is set in Japan.
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    Konstnär i den flytande världen av Kazuo Ishiguro (bibliobibuli)
    bibliobibuli: The Gift of Rain was greatly influenced by this book.
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Well written with great expressions making me believe in Philip and his decisions were right then. Following his journey through the war was really heart wrenching for me. When his father, Noel, decided to die instead, my heart goes out to Philip! To be honest, I've actually shelved this book many times and finally able to finish this book is a huge relief! Now I do regret why I've shelved it then. Such a beautifully written story... to quote Philip... The mind forgets but the heart will always remember. ( )
  Sholee | Sep 9, 2021 |
Philip Hutton relates his life to Michiko Murakami, an old flame of his sensei, Hayato Endo. Having recently received a letter from Endo-san sent 50 years previously she travels to Penang to find out more of Endo-san’s story after he left Japan.

Endo-san's teachings help Philip come to terms with his mixed parentage and enabled him to feel connected to his family. His teachings prepare Phillip for what is to come, the love and betrayal and the sense that they have known each other in many lifetimes.

There is a feeling of peace, tranquility, stillness and love at the beginning which makes the sudden occupation by the Japanese, seem particularly brutal when it comes. Violent, gruesome and savage, Philip has a foot in both camps, aiding the Japanese in order to safeguard his family, but also providing information to the resistance organisation.

An emotional read that takes you to extremes, from love to brutality and a lot of suffering. All beautifully handled by Tan Twang Eng whose writing is quiet and taut, understated but powerful.

This proved as thought provoking on the second read as it did on the first. It is a book that haunts and stays with you. ( )
  Matacabras | Mar 14, 2021 |
This is a well told, heartrending story with two major and unforgivable flaws. It presents an almost Malay free Malaysia, concentrating almost entirely on Chinese, British and Japanese interactions, and uses reincarnation as a tinny excuse for actions which seem substantially organic to the situations, so rather than adding depth and resonance the spiritual element debases the whole. This is a story of empire and love and how both rend and demolish the people they affect. The two central characters have a homosexual relationship presented with such delicacy that it is difficult to see giving this book a rainbow ( )
  quondame | Aug 5, 2020 |
Historical fiction about the Pacific theater during World War II. Fifteen-year-old Patrick Hutton is the youngest child of a long-established British family with major industrial holdings in Malaya. His mother, however, was his father’s second wife, and Chinese; and he is shunned by both the Chinese community (for his British background and lifestyle), and by British society (for his Asian heritage). Lonely and adrift, he finds a friend in the Japanese diplomat who rents one of his family’s properties. Endo teaches Patrick the skills of akaido, and Patrick happily shares his love of his island home with this visitor. What he doesn’t realize until it is too late is that Endo is actually a Japanese spy, and that Patrick has unwittingly become complicit in helping the Japanese take over Penang and Malaya.

This is a marvelous book on so many levels. First, the way in which these characters are drawn. They are complex and nuanced, and Eng manages to have the reader empathize with all sides of the story. Secondly, I applaud Eng for choosing a WW2 story that has had little exploration in fiction. I’ve read only two other books that touched on what happened in Malaya – The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Flanagan, and Shute’s A Town Like Alice - and both mostly mentioned the camps. This book really explained how the Japanese were able to take over the peninsula with little or no resistance from the British.

Then there is the atmospheric nature of the book. I’ve been to Penang, and to Kuala Lumpur (the latter twice), but even if I had not experienced these locations Eng’s descriptions would easily have transported me there. I could feel the humidity, smell the cooking, relish in the feel of a sea breeze, hear the soft patter of a shower, the steady drumming of a monsoon, or the cacophony of a marketplace. And Eng’s prose is at times poetic, making me want to slow down and relish his use of language. And there were scenes where I was on the edge of my seat.

This is Eng’s debut novel. I definitely will read more by him. ( )
  BookConcierge | Apr 6, 2020 |
This book fulfills the "book written by a Southeast Asian author" category of Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2-2016. Yeah, it's taking me awhile to get through the challenge.

This is the beautifully written story of a young man and his relationship with his martial arts teacher, his sensei. It takes place in Malaysia from 1939 to 1995. The narrator relates the story of his youth during the Second World War and how he and his teacher were involved, to a woman who was the teacher's lover, when she comes to visit the narrator near the 50th anniversary of the end of the war.

It's really impossible to capture the breadth, scope, and intricacies of the story in a simple review. If you get a chance to read this book, you should. I'm glad I did. It's a detailed epic, covering 50 years in narrator's life, as well as the history of Southeast Asia and Japan during that time.

You will be guaranteed to have "all the feels." Part One moved more slowly for me than Part Two. I whipped through Part Two in a day. I could not put it down. The story is mostly focused on male characters, as some reviewers have noted. There were strong female characters, though.

One demand this book makes of the reader is a good memory for details. Either that, or read it with no pauses between, or limited breaks in your reading. Don't take too much time away from it. I did and found that I forgot details that turned out later to be relevant to the story when the author referred back to that detail. This most often occurred in terms of conversations between the characters that happened over a period of years. So, either be prepared to go hunting for references and narrative connections in the text, or pay attention to all the details.

I would definitely read more from this author. This was his first novel, and it's amazing. ( )
  harrietbrown | May 22, 2019 |
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"I am fading away. Slowly but surely. Like the sailor who watches his home shore gradually disappear, I watch my past recede. My old life still burns within me, but more and more of it is reduced to the ashes of memory." --The Diving Bell & the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby
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I was born with the gift of rain, an ancient soothsayer in an even more ancient temple once told me.
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“That is what growing old consists of, mostly. One starts giving away items and belongings until only the memories are left. In the end, what else do we really require?”
“Duty is a concept created by emperors and generals to deceive us into performing their will. Be wary when duty speaks, for it often masks the voice of others. Others who do not have your interests at heart.”
“You were born with the gift of rain. Your life will be abundant with wealth and success. But life will test you greatly. Remember—the rain also brings the flood.”
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Penang, 1939. Sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton is a loner. Half English, half Chinese and feeling neither, he discovers a sense of belonging in an unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. Philip shows his new friend around his adored island of Penang, and in return Endo trains him in the art and discipline of aikido. But such knowledge comes at a terrible price. The enigmatic Endo is bound by disciplines of his own and when the Japanese invade Malaya, threatening to destroy Philip's family and everything he loves, he realises that his trusted sensei - to whom he owes absolute loyalty - has been harbouring a devastating secret. Philip must risk everything in an attempt to save those he has placed in mortal danger and discover who and what he really is. With masterful and gorgeous narrative, replete with exotic and captivating images, sounds and aromas - of rain swept beaches, magical mountain temples, pungent spice warehouses, opulent colonial ballrooms and fetid and forbidding rainforests - Tan Twan Eng weaves a haunting and unforgettable story of betrayal, barbaric cruelty, steadfast courage and enduring love.

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