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A fine selection of short stories by literary critic, poet, and graphic novelist Gwee Li Sui. I appreciate the emphasis in his introduction on the humanistic dimensions of these stories, instead of their representations of Singapore. Powerful stories by Alfian Sa'at, two from his collection Corridor, and one new story about a man waiting on death row. Dave Chua is represented by his moving story "The Drowning" about the impact of the Asian tsunami on a family. My biggest discovery is Tan Mei Chi [...]
So, the ebook edition of this book is, bewilderingly, not the same as the print edition - I ended up having to take the print edition out of the library after buying the ebook edition because the latter did not have the Wena Poon stories I was looking for (it has three stories by David Leo instead - this makes the print edition noticeably better than the ebook edition). Annoying, especially since I cannot find an explanation of this anywhere.The Wena Poon stories are the most successful at follo [...]
The anthology as a whole is very controlled, yet feeding us with a diverse range of styles. I'm split on the stories though, because some offers us great themes while others offer us great plot, but I do not think that there is a sufficient-enough presence of both elements. But overall a truly deserving text and it was worth it :)
Nothing not to like about this collection. It let's you read Wena Poon twice. There's a story about the haze. There's a story about a Chinese speaking dad, who reminds me of my own forebear.This is a priceless collection.
I picked up this anthology as an introduction to the contemporary literature of my new home city-state, Singapore. I can't wait to read more, especially Jeffery Lim and Wena Poon.
It was rather drab Probably just me
A taste of some of the brightest talents in Singapore literary scene.
Alfian Sa'at's Birthday was so powerful. Why did Ros throw the sandwich maker down? Did she commit suicide?