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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.
But when the Japanese invade Malaya, threatening to destroy Philip's family and everything he loves, he realises that his trusted friend has been harbouring a devastating secret.
©2007 Tan Twan Eng (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
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By Richard Calkin on 09-28-17

Simply the best most beautiful book ever.

This book moved me deeply. Beautifully written and expertly narrated. A true gem - which I will come back to. What a treat that was - I hung on every word.

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By Anonymous User on 08-19-17

Such beauty

A story of life, ethics and choises during the Japanes ocupation of Malaya. The book and the naration is simply beautiful. Enjoy!

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By SDY on 08-13-13

The perfect novel

A wonderful setting for a very compelling story about friendship and responsibility. I'm not a fan of war novels but this book won me over. The prose is superb, and both narrators are excellent. Certainly an audio book I will listen to again.

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By Amazon Customer on 05-26-13

Emotional

Such a poignant story beautifully read, I felt transported to another era, so descriptive of character, place and emotion - I don't think reading it would have made it so alive. Highly commended

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By Hugh Ekeberg on 07-20-16

Drivel

What disappointed you about The Gift of Rain?

Book one was entertaining and showed promise but book two, which takes place during the Japanese occupation was terrible. I simply could not identify or feel for the hero, Philip Hutton, who came across as a fool and an idiot with the most stupid and corny dialogue. No Mr Tan Twan Eng, I don't think your character Philip, experienced Satori. I couldn't finish it and removed it from my device.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Gift of Rain?

I would reject the book.

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By Lisa Mattas Estreich on 07-09-16

Great read, complex, insightful and most enjoyable

Interesting exploration of the time period in Penang, the mix of cultures that shaped the individuals. Highly recommended along with The Garden of evening Mists" by the same author.

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