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Posted February 10, 2008
Wonderful book, beautifully written
Breaking the Tongue, Vivyane Loh's chronicle of the downfall of Singapore during WWII, is excellent historic semi-fiction that chronicles much more than a troubled time. Dr. Loh explores the themes of colonialism, inequality, loyalty and coming of age in a book that is never slow moving and never preaching even with such weighty themes. The characters are very well developed there are no wide brush strokes of stereotypes here. The prose is lyrical the imagery vivid. And as an extra bonus the story is just darn very, very good. Is your book club interested in a topical, intelligent book? Read Breaking the Tongue. Are you an instructor looking for a multicultural book that goes beyond flat themes? Read Breaking the Tongue. If you are interested in just reading an excellent book, read Breaking the Tongue. I recommend it very highly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 2, 2004
Unexpected gem from new writer
I picked up this book not quite knowing to expect, concerned that I may be venturing into a novel imitation of Amy Tan. Instead, I found myself reading a rich and inspired novel more in the tradition of 'A Passage to India' or 'The Quiet American' with its incredible sense of place and time. As the child of an Army man who was stationed in Malaya in the 1960s, I have some insider knowledge of how things were during that period. It is not a far stretch to imagine life in Malaya 20 years prior. I cannot remember when a book last challenged me to this extent with the richness of its themes and the complexity of its characters. I hope that Ms Loh does not waste any time in producing another masterpiece.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2004