The Gift of Rain

The Gift of Rain

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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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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 40mm | 580.61g
  • Myrmidon Books Ltd
  • NewcastleUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1905802056
  • 9781905802050
  • 114,640

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'An engrossing read, a hugely enjoyable emotional voyage... a very fine exploration of the making of South East Asia from its Second World War traumas to the present. Warmly recommended.' John McRae, author of The Routledge Guide to Modern Writing 'A wonderful book, full of life... should be required reading for many Britons who still, sixty years and more after the fact, fail to understand either the Japanese or the British experience of World War II in Malaya.' Michael Ashkenazi, author of Matsuri: Festivals of a Japanese Town and of Food Culture in Japan 'A book that all Malaysians will be proud of.' Eric Forbes Good Book Guide

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