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Author Tan, Twan Eng, 1972-

Title The gift of rain / Tan Twan Eng
Published New York : Weinstein Books, [2008]


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 MELB  895.3 E5717 A6/G  AVAILABLE
Description 435 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Summary "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 Philips 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."--Provided by publisher
Takes the readers from the final days of the Chinese emperors to the dying era of the British Empire, with a young man's perilous journey through the betrayals of war and into manhood
Notes "1st U.S. ed."
Subject Racially mixed people -- Malaysia -- Pinang -- Fiction
SUBJECT Malaysia -- History -- Japanese occupation, 1942-1945 -- Collaborationists -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Malaysian fiction (English)
Family stories.
ISBN 1602860246