Posted by: koolwine | November 7, 2010

Malaysia: The Gift of Rain

When the Japanese invade his homeland, a young man must decide how to best serve his country, family and friends.

Country Focus: Malaysia

The Gift of Rain
Tan Twan Eng
Weinstein Books, 2008.
432 pgs.

Acclaim: Nominated for the Man Booker Prize

To make a long story short: On the eve of World War II, sixteen-year-old trading scion Philip Hutton  becomes an aikijutsu student and friend of the Japanese Deputy-Counsel, Hayato Endo.  The biracial Hutton, who had just begun to cultivate his relationships with his British half-siblings and Chinese grandfather, now finds himself being castigated on both sides for fraternizing with the enemy.  When Japanese forces take Malaysia and Hutton realizes that he has been used as an unwitting spy, he starts off on a course of action that he hopes will save his family and friends and redeem himself.


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