Wednesday, March 21, 2007

TAN Twan Eng ... The Gift of Rain (2007)

Tan Twan Eng’s much-anticipated début novel, The Gift of Rain (Myrmidon, 2007) is a literary feast of a novel set in the tropical climes of Penang island during the Japanese Occupation of Malaya, told with much lyricism, meditativeness and assuredness of touch. Tan has written a well-realised piece of fiction that all Malaysians will be proud of.


Blogger sympozium said...

Does that mean you liked it...a bit? :-)

Friday, March 23, 2007 1:05:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

I quite enjoyed it. I like the mood it conjures. The story is quite gripping.

Friday, March 23, 2007 9:07:00 AM  
Blogger sympozium said...

That's good! :-)

Friday, March 23, 2007 6:22:00 PM  
Blogger The Angry Medic said...

Heh...Sympozium had a point. For a moment there I thought you were "damning him with faint praise".

But yep, I've also heard many good things about this book. Am gonna pop it onto my shopping list for when I next go out. Tan Twan Eng himself may swing by here for a visit, I hear.

Thanks for the plug, Eric.

Saturday, March 24, 2007 12:15:00 PM  
Blogger Kak Teh said...

Eric, thanks for pointing out the book to me at MPH. This will be next on my list. as you know I bought a lot of books from MPH that I have to go through. Aaaarghhh! and thank you for tea and spending time with me that day.

Sunday, March 25, 2007 4:45:00 PM  
Blogger JY said...

Very engaging and elegantly written (and I've only read several chapters). Recommending it to my partner who wants to "read something about Malaya/Malaysia".

Congrats, Mr Tan!

Sunday, April 01, 2007 12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the kind comments. Glad you all enjoyed the book.
Best regards,
Tan Twan Eng

Monday, April 02, 2007 5:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have some pages left to read on this book, and I almost don't want to read them, as I will have to leave it then. This is a stunning book, it's visual, full of smells-you can taste the food and feel the pain. The intensity of the outrage I felt at some points makes it so real.I think I'm in a little place where I've met these people. Fab book, ticks all nine sides of the cube for me.

Thursday, January 10, 2008 1:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm reading the book for the second time and finding so much that I didn't pick up on the first time. It is worth reading more than once. One of the best books I have read in along time. Hope the next one is as good. After living living in Singapore I could identify with the book so well.I visited Malaya and felt so at home with the book.

Friday, January 01, 2010 6:47:00 PM  

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