The Garden of Evening Mists by Twan Eng Tan

About the book

In the highlands of Malaya, a woman sets out to build a memorial to her sister, killed at the hands of the Japanese during the brutal Occupation of their country. Yun Ling’s quest leads her to The Garden of Evening Mists, and to Aritomo, a man of extraordinary skill and reputation, once the gardener of the Emperor of Japan. When she accepts his offer to become his apprentice, she begins a journey into her past, inextricably linked with the secrets of her troubled country’s history.


Reviewed by Enjoying Books

This book leads you slowly into the life of the central character. A fascinating history of wartime Malaysia and the consequences. Sometimes difficult but not harrowing and beautifully written”

star rating *** ½

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2 thoughts on “The Garden of Evening Mists by Twan Eng Tan”

  1. Reviewed by Seagalls
    “Almost all the group enjoyed this book. It was interesting and informative, deeply sad but absolutely fascinating insight into another continent and period of history”
    star rating ****


  2. Reviewed by Everton
    “Slow to get into, this book was appreciated for its description and the information given re Japanese involvement in WW2. The Japanese garden gave solitude to Aritomo and Ling as it does to the reader”
    star rating ***


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