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