The Garden of Evening Mists
Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former... show more
Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the emperor of Japan. Despite her hatred of the Japanese, Yun Ling seeks to engage Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister, who died in the camp. Aritomo refuses but agrees to accept Yun Ling as his apprentice “until the monsoon comes.” Then she can design a garden for herself.As the months pass, Yun Ling finds herself intimately drawn to the gardener and his art, while all around them a communist guerilla war rages. But the Garden of Evening Mists remains a place of mystery. 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?
Publish date: September 4th 2012
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Pages no: 335
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Asian Literature
He touched the envelope on the table. ‘You mentioned that you worked as a researcher for the War Crimes Tribunal.’ ‘I wanted to ensure that those who were responsible were punished. I wanted to see that justice was done.’ ‘You think I am a fool? It was not all about justice.’ ‘It was the only way ...
Another Booker prize winner I couldn't get into. :(
Malaya, 1949. After studying law at Cambrige and time spent helping to prosecute Japanese war criminals, Yun Ling Teoh, herself the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle fringed plantations of Northern Malaya where she grew up as a child. There she di...
Chinka Teoh Yun Ling ma bardzo złe wspomnienia z czasów II wojny światowej. Była więźniarką obozu internowania. Nosi w sobie wielki ból po stracie ukochanej osoby oraz pewną tajemnicę. A jej olbrzymia niechęć do Japończyków, którzy dopuścili się krzywdy na niej i jej rodzinie sprawia, że nie może so...
This was an amazing story, drenched in beauty, but an incomplete beauty, full of sorrow, but a sorrow with many questions, with unresolved anger. It tells the story a history of the main character, as she looks back to WWII and the ensuing fight for Malaysia, between the British and communists, and...