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Brown Book Club: “The Gift of Rain”

When:
May 19, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2019-05-19T18:00:00-04:00
2019-05-19T20:00:00-04:00
Where:
TBD
Cost:
$6-8
Contact:
Debby Cooney

The Brown Book Club will meet on Sunday, May 19 to discuss The Gift of Rain by Tan Tan Eng (fiction, 430 pp, 2008). We’ll begin at 6PM with dinner, then go on to discussion. Please RSVP by Friday, May 17 by contacting the event organizer, who will provide location information. Mention any food allergies, and bring $6 – $8 for the meal.

We previously read Eng’s The Garden of the Evening Mists. 

“The recipient of extraordinary acclaim from critics and the bookselling community – it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007 – 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, sixteen-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.” — Amazon Book Reviews

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