What wonderful news on a Sunday morning (which I had to spend in a nondescript hotel room)! One of our own has made it into the ‘long‘ list of the prestigious Man Booker Prize (to give it its full and cumbersome title).
After Aw Tash’s nomination in 2005 for ‘The Harmony Silk Factory’, its incredible that another of our native son have been given the seal of approval by the venerable judges. More importantly they have chosen to preserve the name of the author as it should be in Chinese and not rearranging it to suit Western standards. Twan Eng Tan just sounds wrong to these oriental ears.
Tan Twan Eng’s (a big thank you to the white man) novel ‘The Gift of Rain’ was selected from a list of 110 entries in total. Though I have not read it, its now on my grocery list.