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The Gift of Rain

Durée : 16 h et 56 min
Catégories : Anglais - Fiction, Historical

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The recipient of extraordinary acclaim from critics and the book-selling community, Tan Twan Eng's debut novel casts a powerful spell and has garnered comparisons to celebrated wartime storytellers Somerset Maugham and Graham Greene. Set during the tumult of World War II, on the lush Malayan island of Penang, The Gift of Rain tells a riveting and poignant tale about a young man caught in the tangle of wartime loyalties and deceits.  

In 1939, 16-year-old Philip Hutton - the half-Chinese, half-English youngest child of the head of one of Penang's great trading families - feels alienated from both the Chinese and British communities. He at last discovers a sense of belonging in his unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. Philip proudly shows his new friend around his adored island, and in return Endo teaches him about Japanese language and culture and trains him in the art and discipline of aikido. But such knowledge comes at a terrible price. When the Japanese savagely invade Malaya, Philip realizes that his mentor and sensei - to whom he owes absolute loyalty - is a Japanese spy. Young Philip has been an unwitting traitor, and must now work in secret to save as many lives as possible, even as his own family is brought to its knees.

©2009 Tan Twan Eng (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critiques

"This remarkable debut saga of intrigue and akido flashes back to a darkly opulent WWII-era Malaya. Phillip Hutton, 72, lives in serene Penang comfort, occasionally training students as an akido master teacher of teachers. A visit from Michiko Murakami sends him spiraling back into his past, where he grows up the alienated half-British, half-Chinese son of a wealthy Penang trader in the years before WWII. When Hutton's father and three siblings leave him to run the family company one summer, he befriends a mysterious Japanese neighbor named Mr. Endo. Japan is on the opposing side of the coming war, but Endo paradoxically opts to train Hutton in the ways of aikido, in what both men come to see as the fulfillment of a prophecy that has haunted them for several lifetimes. When the Japanese army invades Malaya, chaos reigns, and Phillip makes a secret, very profitable deal. He cannot, however, offset the costs of his friendship with Endo. Eng's characters are as deep and troubled as the time in which the story takes place, and he draws on a rich palette to create a sprawling portrait of a lesser explored corner of the war. Hutton's first-person narration is measured, believable and enthralling." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • AXIOM MONSTER
  • 26/01/2019

Could not stop listening

Wonderful reading and lyrical beautiful worfs. Many life lessons within. I learned a lot about WWII in Malaysia and the demographics of that part of the world :very diverse yet torn apart by the war.

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  • Jeff Lacy
  • 21/11/2018

Emotive and complex.

Gorgeous and engrossing story. The audible performances are the best I have heard. Gordon Griffin and Luke Thompson are stunningly sensitive to accents, diction, and tone. The degree of difficulty of the performance is a 9 out of 10.

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  • Nancy E
  • 16/09/2018

Great to listen to this wonderful story

Two narrators--one for the young protagonist, and the other when he gets older--add a dimension to this fascinating story that takes place during the Japanese occupation of Malaya during WWII. I have read so much about Europe during WWII, but not about Asia, so this novel started rounding that out.

What I most liked about this book was its half-Chinese and half-English protagonist, faced with difficult choices, sometimes chose the worse path. So he was human. Made me want visit Penang and made me even more curious about Japanese culture.

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  • glass1748
  • 25/10/2019

Extraordinary and Beautifully Tragic

From time to time, when listening to an Audible book, I don't mind missing a few sentences here and there. While listening to The Gift of Rain, I had to hear every word. Not only were the narrators superb, the content was, as the cover says, "robustly absorbing...achingly poignant."
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  • Susan
  • 25/01/2019

It had no effect on me

I love depressing books, and this book certainly didn't disappoint in that regard. But I had absolutely no feeling for the characters. I just wanted the book to e-n-d. The way it ended was predictable and unsatisfying. The author's description of fighting felt forced, like a Kung Fu movie. And if I never read another simile again it will be too soon.

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  • S Brown
  • 17/01/2020

A beautiful story of love, life and honor

A great book and the readers' performances were excellent. A beautiful story of love and deep connection between men unlike any I have ever heard. As an American, I also appreciated the perspective of WWII from they eyes of the Chinese. So much to say about how this book was written and the depths of beauty within it.

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  • Klarita
  • 16/01/2020

Breathtaking

Easily one of the most beautiful, fascinating and touching books I've ever heard. The narration is superb, and the story... over years and lives, through meandering side stories, but all coming together... I don't really have words to describe it. I will treasure this one for years to come.

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  • Laura G. Marcantoni
  • 18/12/2019

A good story, a great page turner.

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The reason I gave only four stars to it is that I found the flash backs, the connections to past lives unconvincing. The other relationships, between friends, with the teacher and with others I found interesting and real.

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  • Jeremiah B. Mazur
  • 11/12/2019

Compelling story, beautifully told.

Genuinely enjoyed this book! The two narrators were perfect. And the story was fascinating. This is one of the better pieces of historical fiction.

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  • 19/11/2019

Amazing

I love this book! It is so heartfelt and philosophical. It reminded me not to judge. It made me cry and feel fortunate to have my family and the love of the people around me. And so much more.

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  • Jochen Momberg
  • 02/05/2019

Aufregend.

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