The Gift of Rain (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Gift of Rain An epic set in Malaya predominantly during the time of the Japanese invasion. It tells how an Anglo-Chinese youth, Philip Hutton, struggles to protect his family as the Imperial Japanese war machine crushes the vestiges of British rule in Penang.
- Published: 27 May 2008
- Format: Paperback 448 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781905802142 ISBN 10: 1905802145
- Sales rank: 6,648
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Full description for The Gift of Rain
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.