Love and Lust in Singapore
Edited by Caz Goodwin, Femke Tewar and Joseph Hoye
Monsoon Books August 2010
Paperback 256 pages
Price: S$22.50 RM39.90
Singapore is a terribly correct and stuffy place but the weird thing is that sex books sell like hot cakes there. Also, Singaporeans aren't fussed at all when writers tell stories about prostitution, sex in the office, and so on.
In fact, I remember the SPG (Sarong Party Girl) stories and the No Money No Honey tales being hugely popular. I like the Singaporeans for their attitude to this.
This collection of 24 short stories written by Singaporeans and writers living in Singapore is a huge mix of stories: sad, happy, romantic, strange, twist in the tail, and plain weird.
Although they're all set in Singapore, I didn't find the stories particularly Singaporean. If you've never been there, you're not going to be confounded by a cultural gap or by attitudes you don't understand. The stories are universal.
My favourites were I Got You Babe by Dawn Farnham where the detective fancies her client something rotten, and A Fraction Of A Whore by Zafar Anjum where a hooker playing games changes a man's life.
It's a fun read, so if you see it, pick it up. Monsoon books offer a preview but as I write, the link is broken. Try it though, as I'm going to warn them about it so they may have fixed it.
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