The Garden of Evening Mists

The Garden of Evening Mists

by Tan Twan Eng
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The Garden of Evening Mists 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came upon this by recommendation of a friend and I am so pleased to have taken the suggestion. The writing is so intelligent and the story beckons page turning. This is quality reading, completely engaging. Linda
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eng's "The Garden of Evening Mists" initially captivates the reader with incandescent prose. Then, as the reader winds through threads of memory and amnesia, knowledge and ignorance, honor and disgrace, love and hate, the present and the past, the novel takes on the character of a Japanese garden in which subtle placement and juxtaposition of elements combine to form a tale of sublime depth and beauty. There are passages that beg to shared aloud, and a revelatory conclusion that compels the reader to return immediately to page one and begin again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book aloud me to travel back in time to a culture that I really knew little of and to embrace the beauty of a region that is filled with conflict even today. The characters seemed be sitting next to you, you could feel their anger, joy, fear and loss. The worst is the betrayal, or was it forgiveness. Hard to say for those who hid things deep within.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While light grazing of composing a Japanese garden was somewhat interesting, the story built around it was weak and boring.
MorayMaxwell More than 1 year ago
The beauty of Eng's language makes the reader feel as if he/she is in Malaya with the characters. This is a book to read slowly, savoring as each new detail of the characters' pasts are revealed. I came upon this book by accident; I'm glad I did.
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I love historical fiction. Reading this book was akin to reading poetry; although it is not at all in verse. It certainly gave viewpoints of several different cultures for that particular period of time. I will definitely be reading this author's first book.
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Vaoldster More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. The setting, time in history, and the details of Japanese gardening weren't all that familiar to me, but now they seem very real, as though I had been there. Though the characters had had lives very unlike my own, I could identify with and care about them While I'm sure that I missed some of what the author had to say, I learned a lot and was given plenty to think about. I had not read other books by this author, but probably will now, and will probably read this one again a time or two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so eagerly awaited this, the second novel by Tan Twan Eng , because of how much I adored The Gift of Rain. While the writing is just as beautiful as it was in his first novel I found myself somewhat let down after I had gotten about halfway through. I could not connect with Yun Ling no matter how I tried. This may have been by design given the character's history; perhaps the author intended for there to be a wall surrounding her but it kept me from caring about her.While I learned a great deal just as I did reading Eng's first novel I ultimately was left wanting.
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