Book club discusses Eng’s ‘Rain’
Thomaston — On Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 16, the Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “The Gift of Rain,” a novel by Tan Twan Eng. All are welcome to the 2:30 p.m. gathering at the Thomaston Library in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1. There is elevator access and ample parking.
Eng’s debut saga of intrigue and aikido flashes back to a darkly opulent World War II-era Malaya. Phillip Hutton, 72, lives in serene Penang comfort, occasionally training students as an aikido master teacher of teachers. A visit from Michiko Murakami sends him spiraling back into his past, where he grows up the alienated half-British, half-Chinese son of a wealthy Penang trader in the years before the war. When Hutton's father and three siblings leave him to run the family company one summer, he befriends a mysterious Japanese neighbor named Mr. Endo. Japan is on the opposing side of the coming war, but Endo paradoxically opts to train Hutton in the ways of aikido in what both men come to see as the fulfillment of a prophecy that has haunted them for several lifetimes. Eng's characters are as deep and troubled as the time in which the story takes place and his first-person narration is measured and believable.
On the third Tuesday of each month, the club’s group of men and women of all ages come together to share their opinions and ideas about the book selection. Extra copies of the books are purchased by the Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds; donations are welcome.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.