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The Garden of Evening Mists
 
 
Author
Tan Twan Eng.
Publisher Weinstein Books  
Format paperback
ISBN 9781602861800
Pages/Publication Date 335/2012
Daedalus Item Code 38746
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(Winner of the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize and a Finalist for the Man Booker Prize) This second novel from the author of the Man Booker Prize nominee The Gift of Rain is a novel of memory and forgetting, of what war destroys and love saves. As a retiring justice in Malaysia, Yun Ling Teoh remembers her internment in a prison camp decades earlier, during the Japanese occupation in World War II, from which she was the only survivor. Years later, in memory of her sister who had died in the camp, Yun Ling sought out a magnificent Japanese garden in the highlands, where she met the enigmatic Aritomo, who had once been the gardener for the emperor of Japan. Though he would not be hired to create her memorial garden, he agreed to become Yun Ling's tutor. As the months pass, Yun Ling finds herself intimately drawn to the gardener and his art, while all around the communist guerilla war of the 1950s rages. Yet the Garden of Evening Mists remains a place of secrets. 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?

"As intricately designed as a Japanese garden, this deceptively quiet novel resonates with the power to inspire a variety of passionate emotions.... A haunting novel certain to stay with the reader long after the book is closed."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Tan writes with breath-catching poise and grace.... But for all its mission to 'capture stillness on paper' ... The Garden of Evening Mists also offers action-packed, end-of-empire storytelling."Independent (London)

 
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