Author: Tan Twan Eng
Book takes place in the country: YES
Author is from the country: YES
I have visited: NO
Okay - confession time. I started to read this book yesterday, got 20 pages in and it started to sound very familiar. I read a few more pages, and then became convinced. I did a back search on my blog and yes, I had read it before. I don't know how I missed it when I was doing a search for countries.
I read this book in 2016. So I am going to post my review from then.
This is a pretty good book. I have to admit I had a hard time getting into it. I don't think it was the book's fault, though. I think it was when I was trying to read it, so I don't want to judge it too harshly. I did like the characters. Endo-san and Phillip develop almost a father/son relationship. Since Phillip's mother had died when he was a baby, and she was his Chinese ancestor, he never felt as close to his father and half siblings. This book does a good job mixing the three cultures together - Western, Chinese, and Japanese.
I have read a lot of WWII books/pre-WWII books, but this is the first one from Southeast Asia. I recommend trying it out.