The Garden Of Evening Mists
Tomorrow the winner of the 2012 Man Booker Prize will be announced. Of those nominated, The Garden Of Evening Mists written by Tan Twan Eng, really struck a chord with me. It is set just after the second world war and is the story of law graduate Yung Ling Teoh, the sole survivor of a Japanese prisoner of war camp and her quest to build a garden in memory of her sister. The question central to the book; can a garden heal?
One quote in particular took my breath away:
‘The garden has to reach inside you, it should change your heart, sadden it, uplift it. It has to make you appreciate the impermanence of everything in life. That point in time just as the last leaf is about to drop, as the remaining petal is about to fall; that moment captures everything beautiful and sorrowful about life.’
It seems particularly appropriate for this time of the year.
I am very much looking forward to reading it in its entirety.
You can read more about the book and the Man Booker Prize here.