"I have just stumbled onto the nicest surprise" - Susan Abraham
"an atmospheric novel with thought provoking themes" - Bookish Magpie
"A good read" - Book Pleasures
"For those who know me, giving a book a 5 is something I don't do. My belief is if a book receives a 5 rating, it better be worthy of a Nobel Prize in literature. The Eloquence of Desire is one such book. Ms. Sington-Williams has written a book that flows rhythmically, lyrically, like poetry or a song, but touches on every facet of human nature. This is not an easy read. Filled with emotion and every facet of human nature laid bare before the reader, this story will grip your heart and bring your emotions to the foreground. I don't think anyone will come away from this story untouched." - Romance Writers United.
"an engrossing and atmospheric novel... has the sharp edge, clarity and narrative drive of Somerset Maugham... Thoroughly recommended!" - Dr. Stephen Wyatt, Award-winning writer of Memorials to the Missing.
Set in the 1950s, The Eloquence of Desire explores the conflicts in family relationships caused by obsessive love, the lost innocence of childhood and the terror of the Communist insurgency in Malaya. Richly descriptive and well-researched, the story told by Amanda Sington-Williams unfolds as George is posted to the tropics in punishment for an affair with the daughter of his boss. His wife, Dorothy, constrained by social norms, begrudgingly accompanies him while their twelve year old daughter Susan is packed off to boarding school. Desire and fantasy mix with furtive visits, lies and despair to turn the family inside out with Dorothy becoming a recluse, George taking a new lover, and Susan punishing herself through self-harm. The Eloquence of Desire is written in Sington-Williams' haunting and rhythmical prose.
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The setting is in the 1950s. After being caught having an affair with the boss' daughter, George is transferred to Malaya as a punishment. Wife Dorothy does not want to leave him because of social ego reasons and makes herself miserable in Malaya. Daughter Susan suffers as she watches her family disintegrates and starts to harm herself. Since during the 1950s, there was a Communist insurgency in Malaya and an Emergency was declared, the family not only have to protect themselves from each other but also from the Communists and Communists sympathizers. ~~~~ When I heard that the setting for The Eloquence of Desire is Malaya, I just knew that I had to review it. For those of you who do not know, Malaysia was formerly known as Malaya. I enjoyed the descriptions of Malaya. There were good and rich. As I read, I could vividly picture in my mind the market and plantation roads. I vaguely remembered reading that clandestine extramarital affairs weren't unusual in the early and mid-1990s but the vileness of it captured in the book was abhor-able. I detested all the main characters. George with his selfishness and justifications for his affairs. Dorothy with her brooding misery. Susan with her unreasonable demands and childishness. After reading The Eloquence of Desire, I realized that the story is not about George nor Dorothy. The story is about Susan, a victim of her family's disintegration. As for the book title and cover . they didn't really make sense to me. I couldn't see how the title is relevant to the book nor how the picture (which looks very much like that of an Oriental lady though I might be wrong) on the book cover is relevant to the book. When I saw the picture, all I thought was that the beads were strangleholds.
The Eloquence of Desire is breathtaking in scope and imagination; readers will be swept up in the lives of this once happy family as they are forced to move to wild unknowns. Powerfully emotive and profound, this literary masterpiece explores numerous themes with naked honesty and integrity. The setting and the scenery is so richly described and with such clarity that the reader will be transported to various locals alongside the characters in the story. Readers will both love and hate the main and supporting characters; if not for their human weaknesses, for their need of love and fulfillment. A self-absorbed mindset puts innocent people in danger and sets the stage for dramatic confrontations, secret meetings, heart-breaking betrayals and cultural clashes the may end in bloodshed. Amanda Sington-Williams is an author to watch; she has a very promising writing career ahead of her. If you are a fan of historical fiction, be sure to pick up a copy of this novel! Copyright © Nurture Your BOOKS --- Bobbie Crawford-McCoy