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It has been exactly twelve days since the onset of monsoons Not a single dry pair of clothes in the house and yet my enthusiasm is as jubilant as the freshly bathed leaves welcoming the cascading raindrops After all I had waited for an entire month my eyes widening at every passing water laden cloud The grey skies had fooled me and my despair had found its mate in the curled vermillion petals of the Gulmohar tree The descendant of the Fabaceae heritage has a bittersweet legacy with the rain When the tree blooms to its fullest the rain fiercely thunders to the surreal red carpet as if the flowers were waiting for their watery salvation only to be wash down in earthly oblivion its memories lasting in the drenched emerald leaves The cold rainwater running down my face as I see these lithe petals tumbling into the water puddle subtle currents sweeping them away in the nearby gutters I tenderly bid adieu to my flowery companions that made me smile at the flamboyant display on many windy afternoons In a couple days all that will remain is a tree filled with dainty green leaves that will accompany me till winter and then once again make me anticipate its summer bloom Resembling the deafening downpour hoping to catch the last dust particle muddled thoughts gushed into my mind as I read the prophecy of Philip Hutton being born with the gift of rain Gazing at the grey cloud hovering over the Gulmohar like a samurai euipped to slash the graceful flowers with every scrupulous stroke of clammy precipitation I had an inkling of seeing Philip walk the treacherous path to find the fulfillment of his prophecy the nirvana where love and memory soar like fireflies twinkling in the darkest night Who can look back and truly say all his memories are happy ones To have memories happy or sorrowful is a blessing for it shows we have lived our lives without reservation Do you not agree The synchronized moves of a bokken balancing the symphony of the black and white garb the dangers lurking on the edge of a katana imparted the teachings of Zen to a bemused adolescent dangling between the aloofness of two alien worlds The principles of aikijutsu carving footprints of love and harmony in the translucent grains of sand disciplined the body and mind in the cyclic divinity of Stillness in Movement Movement in Stillness Along with its patrons the art of harmonizing being victimized by the war of spirituality and patriotism The evil appendages of a burgeoning war had crawled into the mysticism of the double edge sword rebelling the harmonious notions of aikijutsu the swordplay crossing the destined lines of comradeship and hostility of loyalty and betrayal The blissful memories of a fertile pre war Penang gradually worn out like the eroded river bed the fading hopes and dreams interwoven with idealistic games of human courage and savagery and love being the stimulating harbinger of a harrowing universe The tears of a forgotten Chinese Emperor whispered through the historical vestiges its memories tightly locked within the opulence of a jade pin The Japanese invasion of Malaya had shattered the conviction of a vibrant enriching nation disintegrating its body with blood shed and excruciating crimes while ravaging it mind with an eternal burden of tortuous memories The war had long gone the residual memories only to be found within a remaining few of its survivors yet the whispers of a courageous nation along with his valiant people become louder with every emotional wave that brings the buried treacherous past ashore sketching the once forgotten footprints of an enduring love for family country and the breathing humanityTan Twan Eng s minimalism in the written prose is passage through which travels the surrealism of a gleaming realistic imagery The sounds of nostalgia running through the dense forests of Malaya the touch of tangled life prevailing in turbulent times and the whiff of traditions amalgamating into epigraphs of mystical destinies made it difficult from resisting oneself to be consumed by the astonishing images illustrated in this allegorical maze of a thriller There were times when I was left with nothing but intervals of vacant emotions gazing at the placid tree tapping my balcony Storytelling the steady stream of long lost words liberates the burden of anguished memories buried deep within the core of survival Philip found momentary emancipation from his tormenting memories through Michiko s reminiscences of love and compassion And I found the release of my overpowering lunacy by scripting this appraisal only to revive those sentiments the moment I shall open this book once again Next to a parent a teacher is the most powerful person in one s life Tan Twan Eng interlaces a commendable pattern of discovering poignant connections between strangers in the course of dream like fated commonalities that cultivate into an everlasting union of humanity and approbation The encounter of Philip Khoo Hutton with the mystifying Japanese diplomat Hayato Endo seemed to be a sort of paranormal path that both of these individuals were destined to walk on The journey of Endo san from being an aloof tenant on the island to becoming a mentor and later a figure of uncertainties encapsulated Philip s journey of self acceptance and self awareness in the desolated worlds of the Khoos and the Huttons and later on in the communal m l e to recover his mislaid sense of belonging The teacher student relationship moved further from the peripheral enlightenment of the aikijutsu aikido and the three pillars of Japanese language inching towards the grid of a mortal conflict where the highest level of jujitsu would burn within the societal taboos and segregation of Japanese incursions and the dominant racial dogmas its ashes colouring the memories within the Nagamitsu sword The love of a parent disciplines the tender heart and the love of a teacher disciplines the very human existence the mind The lessons learned through the scholarly association of a student and a sensei carried the credibility of refined wisdom through the philosophical threads knotting the bonds between Tanaka san and Kon Noel Hutton and Philip Grandfather Khoo and Philip and Michiko in later years Every memorable experience irrespective to it sentimental scale carried the obligations of being a teacher to the anonymous sphere of naivety The land of Penang had become the most prudent educator of its time bestowing the proficient tutorial of absolute fidelity That love will find a way no matter the obstacles It tells us that love can transcend time and live on long after you and I are gone When the last martyr find its deserving grave when the last puddle of blood is dried to its blackened tomb the remnants of a war are vanished from the land its memories now deeply buried in forlorn hearts that feebly hold onto the sufferings shackled by time The concepts of destiny and sovereignty reconciling within the ironies of life its beauty skewered on the labyrinths of apologies and self justification and in through the numerous consolation of the dead there stands aloof on the bridge of burdensome memories the inviolability of love It was love that had brought Michiko to Philip s door it was the reverence of love that had compelled Philip to orate the harrowing saga after fifty long years exhuming it from the cavernous furrows of his heart and when a boat sailed silently in the tender waters it brightened the gloomy sand crystallizing the traces of dutiful love that defined Endo san s fated existence The arid earth nestled in the muggy drizzle animates through the wet soil the alluring fragrance lingering its admiration for the glistening raindrops The falling rain brings life into the inert earth only to conceal it several minutes later in a murky watery grave Yet the admiration for the ruthless rain prevails in the turbulent skies Even though the rain brings melancholy and pain submerging the living in its vehemence it cleans the filth renews life and brings hope to infertile souls The irony of rain interweaves into the surreal enchantment of life where the sadness of the lifeless vermillion Gulmohar flowers floating in a muddy puddle fades in the blossoming happiness as tadpoles emerge through the flowery bed taking their first leaps And that is the crucial gift of rain The shimmering blade of the Nagamitsu sword mirrors the conflict of love family and country the memory of warm blood and valiant allegiance within its steely interiors brings a plethora of perplexed emotions running through the lush harmony of Penang uestioning the savagery of humankind and the conflict of mortal love For in the end when intoxicating butterflies soar from the frosty sepulchres the genesis of abhorrence and treason become insignificant and all that matters is the credence of sufferings The inexplicable ambiguity of life juxtaposing incongruity and paranormal peculiarities beautifying the existing anguish of paradoxical truth ascends in the symptomatic prose of human valour and enduring devotion And that is the gift of Tan Twan Eng s words Hers to Protect Shores of Indian Lake #11 yet my enthusiasm is as jubilant as the freshly bathed leaves welcoming the cascading raindrops After all I had waited for an entire month my eyes widening at every passing water laden cloud The grey skies had fooled me and my despair had found its mate in the curled vermillion petals of the Gulmohar tree The descendant of the Fabaceae heritage has a bittersweet legacy with the rain When the tree blooms to its fullest the rain fiercely thunders to the surreal red carpet as if the flowers were waiting for their watery salvation only to be wash down in earthly oblivion its memories lasting in the drenched emerald leaves The cold rainwater running down my face as I see these lithe petals tumbling into the water puddle subtle currents sweeping them away in the nearby gutters I tenderly bid adieu to my flowery companions that made me smile at the flamboyant display on many windy afternoons In a couple days all that will remain is a tree filled with dainty green leaves that will accompany me till winter and then once again make me anticipate its summer bloom Resembling the deafening downpour hoping to catch the last dust particle muddled thoughts gushed into my mind as I read the prophecy of Philip Hutton being born with the gift of rain Gazing at the grey cloud hovering over the Gulmohar like a samurai euipped to slash the graceful flowers with every scrupulous stroke of clammy precipitation I had an inkling of seeing Philip walk the treacherous path to find the fulfillment of his prophecy the nirvana where love and memory soar like fireflies twinkling in the darkest night Who can look back and truly say all his memories are happy ones To have memories happy or sorrowful is a blessing for it shows we have lived our lives without reservation Do Her Small Town Hero you not agree The synchronized moves of a bokken balancing the symphony of the black and white garb the dangers lurking on the edge of a katana imparted the teachings of Zen to a bemused adolescent dangling between the aloofness of two alien worlds The principles of aikijutsu carving footprints of love and harmony in the translucent grains of sand disciplined the body and mind in the cyclic divinity of Stillness in Movement Movement in Stillness Along with its patrons the art of harmonizing being victimized by the war of spirituality and patriotism The evil appendages of a burgeoning war had crawled into the mysticism of the double edge sword rebelling the harmonious notions of aikijutsu the swordplay crossing the destined lines of comradeship and hostility of loyalty and betrayal The blissful memories of a fertile pre war Penang gradually worn out like the eroded river bed the fading hopes and dreams interwoven with idealistic games of human courage and savagery and love being the stimulating harbinger of a harrowing universe The tears of a forgotten Chinese Emperor whispered through the historical vestiges its memories tightly locked within the opulence of a jade pin The Japanese invasion of Malaya had shattered the conviction of a vibrant enriching nation disintegrating its body with blood shed and excruciating crimes while ravaging it mind with an eternal burden of tortuous memories The war had long gone the residual memories only to be found within a remaining few of its survivors Red Tail Silhouette Desire #208 yet the whispers of a courageous nation along with his valiant people become louder with every emotional wave that brings the buried treacherous past ashore sketching the once forgotten footprints of an enduring love for family country and the breathing humanityTan Twan Eng s minimalism in the written prose is passage through which travels the surrealism of a gleaming realistic imagery The sounds of nostalgia running through the dense forests of Malaya the touch of tangled life prevailing in turbulent times and the whiff of traditions amalgamating into epigraphs of mystical destinies made it difficult from resisting oneself to be consumed by the astonishing images illustrated in this allegorical maze of a thriller There were times when I was left with nothing but intervals of vacant emotions gazing at the placid tree tapping my balcony Storytelling the steady stream of long lost words liberates the burden of anguished memories buried deep within the core of survival Philip found momentary emancipation from his tormenting memories through Michiko s reminiscences of love and compassion And I found the release of my overpowering lunacy by scripting this appraisal only to revive those sentiments the moment I shall open this book once again Next to a parent a teacher is the most powerful person in one s life Tan Twan Eng interlaces a commendable pattern of discovering poignant connections between strangers in the course of dream like fated commonalities that cultivate into an everlasting union of humanity and approbation The encounter of Philip Khoo Hutton with the mystifying Japanese diplomat Hayato Endo seemed to be a sort of paranormal path that both of these individuals were destined to walk on The journey of Endo san from being an aloof tenant on the island to becoming a mentor and later a figure of uncertainties encapsulated Philip s journey of self acceptance and self awareness in the desolated worlds of the Khoos and the Huttons and later on in the communal m l e to recover his mislaid sense of belonging The teacher student relationship moved further from the peripheral enlightenment of the aikijutsu aikido and the three pillars of Japanese language inching towards the grid of a mortal conflict where the highest level of jujitsu would burn within the societal taboos and segregation of Japanese incursions and the dominant racial dogmas its ashes colouring the memories within the Nagamitsu sword The love of a parent disciplines the tender heart and the love of a teacher disciplines the very human existence the mind The lessons learned through the scholarly association of a student and a sensei carried the credibility of refined wisdom through the philosophical threads knotting the bonds between Tanaka san and Kon Noel Hutton and Philip Grandfather Khoo and Philip and Michiko in later Promises in Tumble Creek years Every memorable experience irrespective to it sentimental scale carried the obligations of being a teacher to the anonymous sphere of naivety The land of Penang had become the most prudent educator of its time bestowing the proficient tutorial of absolute fidelity That love will find a way no matter the obstacles It tells us that love can transcend time and live on long after Mischief and Marriage you and I are gone When the last martyr find its deserving grave when the last puddle of blood is dried to its blackened tomb the remnants of a war are vanished from the land its memories now deeply buried in forlorn hearts that feebly hold onto the sufferings shackled by time The concepts of destiny and sovereignty reconciling within the ironies of life its beauty skewered on the labyrinths of apologies and self justification and in through the numerous consolation of the dead there stands aloof on the bridge of burdensome memories the inviolability of love It was love that had brought Michiko to Philip s door it was the reverence of love that had compelled Philip to orate the harrowing saga after fifty long Cold Case Hot Accomplice Men of Wolf Creek #1 years exhuming it from the cavernous furrows of his heart and when a boat sailed silently in the tender waters it brightened the gloomy sand crystallizing the traces of dutiful love that defined Endo san s fated existence The arid earth nestled in the muggy drizzle animates through the wet soil the alluring fragrance lingering its admiration for the glistening raindrops The falling rain brings life into the inert earth only to conceal it several minutes later in a murky watery grave Yet the admiration for the ruthless rain prevails in the turbulent skies Even though the rain brings melancholy and pain submerging the living in its vehemence it cleans the filth renews life and brings hope to infertile souls The irony of rain interweaves into the surreal enchantment of life where the sadness of the lifeless vermillion Gulmohar flowers floating in a muddy puddle fades in the blossoming happiness as tadpoles emerge through the flowery bed taking their first leaps And that is the crucial gift of rain The shimmering blade of the Nagamitsu sword mirrors the conflict of love family and country the memory of warm blood and valiant allegiance within its steely interiors brings a plethora of perplexed emotions running through the lush harmony of Penang uestioning the savagery of humankind and the conflict of mortal love For in the end when intoxicating butterflies soar from the frosty sepulchres the genesis of abhorrence and treason become insignificant and all that matters is the credence of sufferings The inexplicable ambiguity of life juxtaposing incongruity and paranormal peculiarities beautifying the existing anguish of paradoxical truth ascends in the symptomatic prose of human valour and enduring devotion And that is the gift of Tan Twan Eng s words

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Free read The Gift of Rain Download ☆ The Gift of Rain ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Summary ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Tan Twan Eng 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 decei. BLURBSet in Penang 1939 this book presents a story of betrayal barbaric cruelty steadfast courage and enduring loveThe Gift of Rain spans decades as it takes readers from the final days of the Chinese emperors to the dying era of the British Empire and through the mystical temples bustling citiesand forbidding rain forests of Malaya 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 discovers a sense of belonging in his unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo a Japanese diplomat who rents a nearby island from his father Philip proudly shows his new friend around his adored island of Penang 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 As World War II rages in Europe the Japanese savagely invade Malaya and 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 he is forced into collaborating with the Japanese to safeguard his family He becomes the ultimate outsider trusted by none and hated by many Tormented by his part in the events Philip risks everything by working in secret to save as many people as he can from the brutality he has helped bring upon themMY EXPERIENCE OF THE BOOKMr Philip Arminius Khoo Hutton wasn t known as Philip Arminius Khoo Hutton when Michiko Murakami knocked on his door Philip Arminius Khoo Hutton is a name that young Philip Hutton could never use before It never connected his emotions to his place in society He never felt completely accepted in either his maternal Chinese community nor his paternal British family He was born and lived between two worlds in Penang a multicultural Malaysian island off the Malay Peninsula in the Malacca Strait He was considered a half breed that had no place anywhere He never felt at home in the family he was born to He found solace in the unnameable openness of the sea on the little beach on the island which belonged to his fatherMichiko Murakami came into his life when both of them were in their early seventees she a little older than him Destiny predicted the moment when he offered her tea with the fragrance of the Lonely Tree A rare tea which originated from her home village in Japan That is where it was cultivated before WWII The plantations were destroyed with only small sections still in production A rare tea to have indeed It tasted bitter and melancholic which puzzled me for how could a beverage capture the essence of emotion As it turned out it would not be the only connection these two strangers shared There was a tale they had to share she as listener and he as the narrator I had waited so long for all of it to come out the guilt the regrets the darkness that had filled my days for such an eternitySome mistakes can be so great so grievous that we end up paying for them again and again all our lives until eventually we forget why we began paying in the first placeIt was as though his satori was waiting all these years for this meeting with Michiko to happen Yes it was destiny She had come to find Endu san s final resting place and to deliver a package She needed Philip s memories to conclude her own life story He stopped trusting people many years ago But it was Michiko who had to hear his story and he opened up in an instinctive knowledge that it was suppose to happenAs an old man he had to go back than fifty years ago when he as a seventeen year old boy met the Japanese man Hayato Endo who would teach Philip to touch heaven Endu san became his most important mentor and the person who would change the rest of his life You were growing up as a child of mixed parentage in this place But that is your strength Accept the fact that you are different that you are of two worlds And I wish you to remember this when you feel you cannot go on you are used to the duality of life You have the ability to bring all of life s disparate elements into a cohesive whole So use it The discipline and skills Endo san would teach him through aikido would prepare him for the journey through the Japanese occupation of Penang and the role Philip would play in it I was born with the gift of rain an ancient soothsayer in an even ancient temple once told me She said Your life will be abundant with wealth and success But life will test you greatly Remember the rain also brings the flood Almost at the end of his life sharing his memories can he finally come to terms with his guilt betrayal destroyed loyalties and the real meaning of love and forgiveness Memories they are all the aged have The young have hopes and dreams while the old hold the remains of them in their hands and wonder what has happened to their lives Michiko s arrival brought back the meaning of his destiny though different lifetimes Where his mind faltered his heart took over to finally make sense of everything that has happened After all his body was old and could not save him any from the life and memories he had to face on his own for than fifty years The mind forgets but the heart will always remember And what is the heart s memory but love itself Michiko came to hear the tale about his family his friends his county his loyalty his involvement in their fate through the language of his heart and not his mind Where did duty gone so terribly wrong Duty is a concept created by emperors and generals to deceive us into performing their will Be wary when duty speaks for it often masks the voice of others Others who do not have your interests at heart Mirakama needed his story to fulfill her own destiny Philip needed someone to listen to finally lead him to his satorial moment of closure That is what growing old consists of mostly One starts giving away items and belongings until only the memories are left In the end what else do we really reuire For Philip Hutton to become Philip Arminius Khoo Hutton he had to travel over continents of time and across a landscape of horrific memories to reach the moment in his life when his name finally made sense to himA brilliant informative extensive reading experience It is not a piece of history that I would ever want to experience in my life again Like Philip Hutton and Michiko Murakami once is enough To understand his role and destiny Philip Hutton had to take the reader through hundreds of years of history It often felt like living through all those years and not just reading it It was a brutally honest experienceTruth is it was such an emotional journey to finish this book At times I really wanted to run away and hide but I felt I would betray the characters if I didI just had to be there for them until the very end On Fire young man caught in the tangle of wartime loyalties and decei. BLURBSet in Penang 1939 this book presents a story of betrayal barbaric cruelty steadfast courage and enduring loveThe Gift of Rain spans decades as it takes readers from the final days of the Chinese emperors to the dying era of the British Empire and through the mystical temples bustling citiesand forbidding rain forests of Malaya In 1939 sixteen The Doctor Takes a Princess year old Philip Hutton the half Chinese half English Rescued by the Viking youngest child of the head of one of Penang s great trading families feels alienated from both the Chinese and British communities He discovers a sense of belonging in his unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo a Japanese diplomat who rents a nearby island from his father Philip proudly shows his new friend around his adored island of Penang 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 As World War II rages in Europe the Japanese savagely invade Malaya and 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 he is forced into collaborating with the Japanese to safeguard his family He becomes the ultimate outsider trusted by none and hated by many Tormented by his part in the events Philip risks everything by working in secret to save as many people as he can from the brutality he has helped bring upon themMY EXPERIENCE OF THE BOOKMr Philip Arminius Khoo Hutton wasn t known as Philip Arminius Khoo Hutton when Michiko Murakami knocked on his door Philip Arminius Khoo Hutton is a name that The Australian's Society Bride young Philip Hutton could never use before It never connected his emotions to his place in society He never felt completely accepted in either his maternal Chinese community nor his paternal British family He was born and lived between two worlds in Penang a multicultural Malaysian island off the Malay Peninsula in the Malacca Strait He was considered a half breed that had no place anywhere He never felt at home in the family he was born to He found solace in the unnameable openness of the sea on the little beach on the island which belonged to his fatherMichiko Murakami came into his life when both of them were in their early seventees she a little older than him Destiny predicted the moment when he offered her tea with the fragrance of the Lonely Tree A rare tea which originated from her home village in Japan That is where it was cultivated before WWII The plantations were destroyed with only small sections still in production A rare tea to have indeed It tasted bitter and melancholic which puzzled me for how could a beverage capture the essence of emotion As it turned out it would not be the only connection these two strangers shared There was a tale they had to share she as listener and he as the narrator I had waited so long for all of it to come out the guilt the regrets the darkness that had filled my days for such an eternitySome mistakes can be so great so grievous that we end up paying for them again and again all our lives until eventually we forget why we began paying in the first placeIt was as though his satori was waiting all these Master of Maramba years for this meeting with Michiko to happen Yes it was destiny She had come to find Endu san s final resting place and to deliver a package She needed Philip s memories to conclude her own life story He stopped trusting people many Daring to Date the Boss years ago But it was Michiko who had to hear his story and he opened up in an instinctive knowledge that it was suppose to happenAs an old man he had to go back than fifty Sasvim skromni darovi years ago when he as a seventeen Larenzos Christmas Baby year old boy met the Japanese man Hayato Endo who would teach Philip to touch heaven Endu san became his most important mentor and the person who would change the rest of his life You were growing up as a child of mixed parentage in this place But that is Protective Instincts Mission Rescue #1 your strength Accept the fact that Protecting His Brothers Bride you are different that Claimed by a Cowboy you are of two worlds And I wish Bluegrass Christmas you to remember this when Forced Alliance you feel Where There's Smoke you cannot go on The Santangeli Marriage you are used to the duality of life You have the ability to bring all of life s disparate elements into a cohesive whole So use it The discipline and skills Endo san would teach him through aikido would prepare him for the journey through the Japanese occupation of Penang and the role Philip would play in it I was born with the gift of rain an ancient soothsayer in an even ancient temple once told me She said Your life will be abundant with wealth and success But life will test Here Lies Daniel Tate you greatly Remember the rain also brings the flood Almost at the end of his life sharing his memories can he finally come to terms with his guilt betrayal destroyed loyalties and the real meaning of love and forgiveness Memories they are all the aged have The Blood Bound young have hopes and dreams while the old hold the remains of them in their hands and wonder what has happened to their lives Michiko s arrival brought back the meaning of his destiny though different lifetimes Where his mind faltered his heart took over to finally make sense of everything that has happened After all his body was old and could not save him any from the life and memories he had to face on his own for than fifty Lady Gwendolen Investigates years The mind forgets but the heart will always remember And what is the heart s memory but love itself Michiko came to hear the tale about his family his friends his county his loyalty his involvement in their fate through the language of his heart and not his mind Where did duty gone so terribly wrong Duty is a concept created by emperors and generals to deceive us into performing their will Be wary when duty speaks for it often masks the voice of others Others who do not have Deadly Memories your interests at heart Mirakama needed his story to fulfill her own destiny Philip needed someone to listen to finally lead him to his satorial moment of closure That is what growing old consists of mostly One starts giving away items and belongings until only the memories are left In the end what else do we really reuire For Philip Hutton to become Philip Arminius Khoo Hutton he had to travel over continents of time and across a landscape of horrific memories to reach the moment in his life when his name finally made sense to himA brilliant informative extensive reading experience It is not a piece of history that I would ever want to experience in my life again Like Philip Hutton and Michiko Murakami once is enough To understand his role and destiny Philip Hutton had to take the reader through hundreds of Captivating the Witch years of history It often felt like living through all those Cutting Loose Harleuin Blaze #156 years and not just reading it It was a brutally honest experienceTruth is it was such an emotional journey to finish this book At times I really wanted to run away and hide but I felt I would betray the characters if I didI just had to be there for them until the very end

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Free read The Gift of Rain Download ☆ The Gift of Rain ã PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Summary ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Tan Twan Eng Set in Penang 1939 this book presents a story of betrayal barbaric cruelty steadfast courage and enduring loveThe recipient of extraordinary accla. Like the rain I had brought tragedy into many people s lives but often than not rain also brings relief clarity and renewal It washes away our pain and prepares us for another day and even another life Now that I am old I find that the rains follow me and give me comfort like the spirits of all the people I have ever known and loved Twan Eng Tan may not be a great prose stylist or even come close to being one He may falter when it comes to subtlety and fail at inserting appropriate metaphors into his rather direct tone of narration But he surely succeeds in recounting a moving tale of human triumph with great clarity Like a wise old man with sinewy forearms sitting in the midst of a group of young moon eyed listeners he narrated a story of times gone by and all I did was lend him an eager ear I listened to his voice with rapt attention I learnt I understood I shed tears I was transported back in time where I stood somewhere along the sidelines as a helpless spectator witnessing the mute misery of a picturesue but war ravaged land So much so I m still recovering from the fierce onslaught of all the images of terrible beauty that Eng drew before my mind s eye in rapid succession I m going to recall from time to time the startling greenery of the verdant rain forests in and around Penang the hustle and bustle of the marketplaces in Istana the gray white limestone cliffs of Ipoh the rich aroma of a pot of steaming coconut rice the calming effect of zazen and the tale of Philip Hutton s uncommon bravery in the face of madness brought forth by an all engulfing war And I m going to try to make sense of the paradoxical yet deeply human bond between Philip Hutton a representative of a vanuished and besieged Malaysia and Hayato Endo a representative of the conueror JapanWhen the world sinks into chaos of the most fatal kind and all finer human impulses are trampled on over and over again until nothing remains but only the irrational urge to draw blood burn and annihilate a handful of people refuse to stray from the path of sanity and compassion at the cost of complete personal ruin Philip Hutton our narrator was one such person Born of a British father and a Chinese mother he was forever an outcast in any world he wished to belong to all because he was guilty of having a mixed parentage Perhaps that is why he imbibed all the great virtues of his British and Chinese heritage and under the tutelage of a Japanese spy of dubious loyalties familiarized himself with the disciplines of aikijutsu aikido and other Japanese ways of living which became crucial to the survival of many later onDuring the trying times of the Japanese Occupation at the risk of perpetual disgrace he crossed over to the side of the enemy only to save what was most precious to him Philip Hutton became notorious for aiding the Japanese in running the affairs of Malay and a collaborator in all the atrocities carried out against the natives but what didn t become common knowledge was how he saved many many innocent lives under the helpful guise of betraying the land of his birthEven though I am sorely tempted to label The Gift of Rain as a testimony to the greater human predicament during turbulent times that goes beyond the petty divides of ethnicity skin color and culture I will not succumb to that lure Philip Hutton maybe perceived as a cliched symbol of a stabilizing influence on all conflicting elements of life or he may even be just a reminder of that elusive voice of reason which we often proceed to stifle with brutal force at a time we need it the most But I will not seek to trivialize his fictitious life in this cold analytical mannerInstead I choose to be a random listener who came across the extraordinary story of his courage and withhold judgement I choose to dignify his existence by not uestioning his deeds his associations his choices or his existential dilemmas I choose to empathize with Malay and China both of which were tormented and ripped apart by another nation nurturing a blind Imperialist zest But then I also choose to empathize with the aggressor Japan which didn t escape suffering inflicted by the War either I choose not to vilify Philip for fraternizing with the foe and I choose not to indict Endo san for his treachery And by doing neither I choose to side with humanityBecause as much as it will be easier to pigeonhole wartime human barbarity into convenient labels like repercussions of ruthless nationalist ambitions and pass the buck on responsibility the lasting truth of the matter is the all encompassing nature of our collective ordeals through time and space In the end it doesn t matter who or what caused our suffering It matters that we suffered Review originally posted on August 12th 2013

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