Wednesday, May 7, 2008

From Les

The Gift of Rain is set in 1930s Penang, Malaya. While his family is taking an extended trip to England, sixteen year old Philip Hutton meets a Japanese diplomat named Hayato Endo who offers to teach him aikido. As such, Philip and Endo enter into a student and sensei relationship. But in 1941 when Japan enters the war by attacking Malaya and Pearl Harbor, Philip is left to question his loyalties: to his sensei or to his country. The Gift Of Rain is the debut novel by Malaysian author, Tan Twan Eng. It was long-listed for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. This lavish literary novel is rich with exotic history and full of twists and turns. Highly recommended for literary history fans!

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