July Book Discussion

Elements (fire and rain) for July's books: After the Fire, A Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld and The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng.


After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, Evie Wyld: Set in the haunting landscape of eastern Australia, this is a stunningly accomplished debut novel about the inescapable past: the ineffable ties of family, the wars fought by fathers and sons, and what goes unsaid.


The Gift of Rain, Tan Twan Eng: Penang, 1939. Sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton is a loner. Half English, half Chinese and feeling neither, he discovers a sense of belonging in an unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. Philip shows his new friend around his adored island of Penang, and in return Endo trains him in the art and discipline of aikido. But such knowledge comes at a terrible price. The enigmatic Endo is bound by disciplines of his own and when the Japanese invade Malaya, threatening to destroy Philip's family and everything he loves, he realises that his trusted sensei - to whom he owes absolute loyalty - has been harbouring a devastating secret. Philip must risk everything in an attempt to save those he has placed in mortal danger and discover who and what he really is.

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  • Heidi

    Excellent. I love to talk books with other book lovers. And I love the fact that this is a book club where people actually read the book and discuss it--I've been part of other book clubs where nobody would read the book.

    July 26, 2013

  • Claire D.

    Hi There
    I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy of either books in time, but I would be keen to come along and learn how the group works, meet some people etc if thats OK?

    July 22, 2013

    • leonie

      Hi Claire - that's fine. I havent managed to read them either so you'll have company

      July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Abject failure as regards finishing The Gift of Rain. I was ambushed by some classics before even getting halfway through. Can't really give the book a mark but the start seemed promising. But Dombey and Son gets a 6 and Don Quixote 10! I will be at the August meeting (and have read both books)

    July 19, 2013

  • James S.

    Sorry, won't be able to come to this one.

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't manage this one - on an alpine tramping course! But have started "The gift of Rain" - hoping to finish it and send in a comment/mark by the meeting.

    1 · July 4, 2013

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