The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

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...its themes are serious, its historic grounding solid, its structure careful, its old-fashioned ornamentalism respectable.
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Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the emperor of Japan. Despite her hatred of the Japanese, Yun Ling seeks to engage Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister, who died in the camp. Aritomo refuses but agrees to accept Yun Ling as his apprentice “until the monsoon comes.” Then she can design a garden for herself.

As the months pass, Yun Ling finds herself intimately drawn to the gardener and his art, while all around them a communist guerilla war rages. But the Garden of Evening Mists remains a place of mystery. Who is Aritomo and how did he come to leave Japan? And is the real story of how Yun Ling managed to survive the war perhaps the darkest secret of all?

 

About Tan Twan Eng

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Tan Twan Eng was born in Penang, Malaysia, but lived in various places in Malaysia as a child. He worked as an Intellectual Property lawyer before resigning from his position to write his novel, The Gift of Rain. His second novel, The Garden of Evening Mists, will be published in the United Kingdom in February 2012.The Gift of Rain was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, and has been translated into Italian, Spanish, Greek, Romanian, Czech and Serbian. Tan Twan Eng lives in Cape Town where he is working on his third novel.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Weinstein Books. 354 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by DOMINIQUE BROWNING on Aug 31 2012

The crucial action in “The Garden of Evening Mists,” a strong, quiet novel... takes place in Malaya just after World War II.

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Reviewed by Kapka Kassabova on Aug 24 2012

...its themes are serious, its historic grounding solid, its structure careful, its old-fashioned ornamentalism respectable.

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