“The Garden of Evening Mists” Tan Twan Eng
What I feel should have won the Man Booker Prize. A great book if you enjoy a bit of fantastically written literature, history, love, war, culture, gardens, tattoos, life.
The basic story line is that a young Malayan woman decides to build a Japanese garden as a memorial for her sister. However the story is so much more than that. There is her background, being in a Japanese war camp. Her gardener - a Japanese man himself. Her friend, a South African who was in the Boer War. The politics and dangers of the time. It would be impossible to write a justified review for the book as it’s words are so beautiful I cannot do it justice. Similarly the characters are so real and intriguing so that even though we have nothing in common, I still wanted a part of their world.