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The House of Trembling Leaves [Paperback]

Julian Lees
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21 Feb 2013
In 1936 Malaysia, Lu See is ordered to marry a fat, one-eyed banker whom she loathes. Instead, she flees the Juru river for Cambridge and the dream of becoming her country s first female undergraduate. When the dream dissolves in tragedy only her life-sustaining friendship with the Tibetan maid, Sum Sum, saves her; but then Sum Sum disappears, leaving a gift of unbearable poignancy. Returning to Malaya, Lu See survives the Japanese occupation and Communist insurgency but, as her life approaches its end, knows she must find Sum Sum and become reconciled once more.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd (21 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908737174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908737175
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 690,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A compelling novel about the power of female friendship, transcending war, time and separation.' --Rosy Thornton

'No one can accuse author Julian Lees of being a stick in the mud for story locations. His last book, The Fan Tan Players (2010) was set in Macau and now he s gone for a quadruple siting, taking us to Malaysia, Cambridge, Tibet and India in the comfort of our own homes and some superlative writing.' --The Bookbag

'No one can accuse author Julian Lees of being a stick in the mud for story locations. His last book, The Fan Tan Players (2010) was set in Macau and now he s gone for a quadruple siting, taking us to Malaysia, Cambridge, Tibet and India in the comfort of our own homes and some superlative writing.' --The Bookbag

'The array of colourful distinctive characters is what makes the story so engaging and powerful...it's an excellent read.' --Book Diva

'A rollicking wartime saga of pre-independence Malaysia.' --Metro

About the Author

Julian Lees grew up in Hong Kong, went to Cambridge University and worked as a stockbroker before writing his first novel. He lives with his wife and three children in Kuala Lumpur. He is the author of A WINTER BEAUTY and THE FAN TAN PLAYERS. The Fan Tan Players was published by Sandstone Press in 2010.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Too many of my choices recently turned out to be Mills and Boon style love stories, which I found a bit tiresome but this was a saga
and although not an entirely happy story it was very compelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating fabulous beautiful read 27 July 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, New author for me but one I will now have to seek out and read more of. having been a fan of Amy Tan for many years, I have a fascination with eastern culture and this book did not disappoint. I felt completely attached to the characters willing the story to go on. one of those delicious feelings of wanting too know the outcome but not wanting the book to end.
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This was quite different for me. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. The trials and tribulations of the families involved and the ingenuity with which the they coped over the years was marvellous. there was also the interesting background of the conflict in malaya. A good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling read in a wonderfully evoked world 1 Jun 2013
By Chris
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The House of Trembling Leaves
Inhabiting worlds of privilege and worlds of adversity, the cast of characters in THE HOUSE OF TREMBLING LEAVES encompasses the lovable and the unlovable, the quirky and the very funny. Colonial, war-time and post-colonial Malaysia are wonderfully evoked, and the tastes and smells of the East come to life on the page. The friendship between two women, Lu See and Sum Sum, and the harrowing secret they share, is central to the plot, and villainy stalks the novel from the beginning. This is a rattlingly good read by an author who is sure-footed in his depiction of historial periods and the political forces which shape them, and excellent at conveying in his story-telling the big things that matter - friendship, love, courage and loyalty.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exotic Romance 28 May 2013
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Once again Julian Lees takes his readers on a journey across Malaya and through time. Su Lee flees an unwelcome betrothal to Cambridge to become her country's first female undergraduate. She returns to live through the Japanese occupation and Communist insurgency in a tale of many surprises. At its heart though, is her relationship with her Tibetan maid and the girl who becomes a woman and whom they both call daughter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely read 12 July 2014
By J M.
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I really enjoyed this book , couldn't wait to find out what happened next and quite fell in love with the characters especially Sum sum
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4.0 out of 5 stars pleasant read 17 July 2014
By Zo
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Enjoyable read which keeps you hooked on each page. A Lovely story of how friendship can span decades and continents
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another captivating romance from Julian Lees 21 Feb 2013
By Deep Reader VINE VOICE
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In following his 2010 title 'The Fan Tan Players' Julian Lees has kept his eyes on the east and his imagination in its 20th century history. This story of womanly friendship and motherhood picks you up in its early pages and doesn't put you down until the last full stop. The author's grasp of the region's history seems to be as strong as his powerful empathy with its people. It is a history of war and division, but also of close bonds and endurance. This book is a great read, a milestone in the career of a fine writer, and well worth its five stars.The Fan Tan Players The Garden of Evening Mists
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I have just received my copy of 'The Garden of Evening Mists' kindle version. However, after reading only 12% of it I am utterly frustrated because there are sentences/words... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written
I enjoyed reading this book and thought it was well written but the characters didn't grab me as much as I like. I want to really care about what happens to them.
Published 11 months ago by jane grace
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
The author conveys the time and place in great detail, drawing you into the characters lives, difficult to put down.
Published 13 months ago by poohbear
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read
For those who love Malaysia, Told through characters that are perhaps a little too good to be true, this novel nevertheless reminds one of the hardships suffered during its... Read more
Published 14 months ago by David Gem
4.0 out of 5 stars The House of Trembling Leaves
A good storyline, kept me interested from the
first chapter. The people in the story were quite
interesting and funny in parts.
Published 15 months ago by Maureen Nevitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written story of two friends from childhood onwards
What a great read. I had no expectations with this book, though thoroughly enjoyed it. Set pre, during and post world war 2 it is the story of two friends from Malasia. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Simon Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and uplifting saga
This was a thoroughly enjoyable read and well deserving of the 5 star rating. From beginning to end the plot and characters totally engaged and kept me turning the pages.
Published 15 months ago by John Gallagher
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
I enjoyed it reading this book it was a vignette of life in Malaysia,Nepal and Oxford.History and strength of character.
Published 15 months ago by Patricia Hall
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