The Gift of Rain Author:Tan Twan Eng An epic novel nominated for the Man Booker Prize, this extraordinary debut tells the story of a young man's perilous journey through the betrayals of war and into manhood. Written in lush, evocative prose, The Gift of Rain spans decades as it takes readers from the final days of the Chinese emperors to the dying era of the British Empire, and th... more »rough the mystical temples, bustling cities, and forbidding rain forests of Malaya.« less
This is a very hard book to read because of its content, particularly toward the 2nd half; it is beautifully written, the love of the young man for his home so vivid, the descriptions so real you felt yourself there at every scene, and the title so very appropriate. The events that take place after Japanese occupation were so hard to read I had to take that last half in small increments they were so overpowering. But worth reading? Oh, yes.