The garden of evening mists published in january 2012 is the second novel by malaysian novelist tan twan eng the first was the gift of rain 2007 the protagonist of the garden is the judge teoh yun ling who was a prisoner of the japanese during world war ii and later served as an apprentice to a japanese gardener as the story begins . The garden of evening mists starts in the late 1980s as retired judge teoh yun ling returns to yugiri a property where she spent a period of her life almost forty years earlier in malaya during the japanese occupation told in flashbacks as she looks back on her life the majority of the book is devoted the events of this time. The garden of evening mists tan twan eng on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers winner of the man asian literary prize an elegant and haunting novel of war art and memory the independent from the critically acclaimed author of the gift of rain malaya. The garden of evening mists by tan twan eng review kapka kassabova on an informative if bland booker longlisted novel there is a mnemosyne garden statue and yun ling suffers from aphasia. The garden called evening mists is where she learned about the art of borrowed scenery taking elements and views from outside a garden and making them integral to the garden itself
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