Thursday, December 16, 2010

Review Thursday: Love and Lust in Singapore

Love and Lust in Singapore
Edited by Caz Goodwin, Femke Tewar and Joseph Hoye
Monsoon Books August 2010
Paperback 256 pages
ISBN: 978-981-08-6113-1
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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5 comments:

Katnip Lounge said...

Interesting! I like your book reviews...and yours is on my X-mas list!

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

I like how you described the detective's feelings for her client! Sounds like a fun book to read, there are lots of awesome Singaporean writers out there, they aren't stuffy at all! Gopal Bharatham and Nicky Moey are two.

I would like to order 2 copies of Blackmail Bride! Will come pick them up when I see you next!

MoMo said...

Interesting!

My SS went there some years ago and didn't like the place. Everything very clean and efficient, but somehow oppressive. She turned down the job offer and hasn't regretted it.

Anya said...

Interesant onderwerp hihihi...
maar lijkt me grappig om te lezen


groetjes Kareltje en Anja

Dennis the Vizsla said...

I have no objections to this! I just can't read it in front of my wife ... ;-)