FREE ⚔ The Merlion and the Hibiscus: Contemporary Short Stories from Singapore and Malaysia ♞

Overall this was a pretty strong collection of short stories, with only one or two that I thought were bad and a few that were really superb The standouts for me were My Cousin Tim by Simon Tay and Surja Singh by Lloyd Fernando I ll definitely be looking for books by these authors. FREE ♃ The Merlion and the Hibiscus: Contemporary Short Stories from Singapore and Malaysia ♶ The Merlion And The Hibiscus Brings Together The Work Of Nineteen Exceptional Writers From Singapore And Malaysia Written Over The Last Fifty Years, These Stories Reflect The Richness Of A Multicultural Society And Its Experience Of War And Colonialism In Gopal Baratham S, The Interview, A Veteran Of The Second World War Looks Back On His Years As A Japanese Prisoner Of War And His Unique Relationship With His Interrogator In Tragedy Of My Third Eye, Suchen Christine Lim Writes Of Ping, A Six Year Old Who Would Rather Be An Outcaste Than A Slave And Ends Up Paying The Price For This Both At School And At Home In Victoria And Her Kimono, M Shanmughalingam Parodies The Legacy Of Colonialism Also In This Collection Are Deeply Insightful And Entertaining Stories About A Generation Grappling With Issues Of Religious, Ethnic And Gender Identities Catherine Lim S Write, Right, Rite, For Instance, Is A Brilliant Take Off On The Absurdity Of Moral And Ethical Policing In Another Memorable Story, Bugis By Alfian Sa At, An Encounter With A Transvestite Opens A Teenager S Eyes To The Shallowness Of The World Around Her And To Her Own Hidden Desires Set In The Small Towns And Cities Of Malaysia And Singapore, These Stories Capture The Richness And Complexity Of Life In A Region That Is An Extraordinary Blend Of Different Races, Languages And Cultures Having read only two of the many short stories in this book, what I could possibly say is that we often ignore our own kind of literature since it is less commercialized, or in my case, just recently found out about mlie writers though they are equally talented if not better from other writers I wish their works would be recognized by the public for is it really fascinating to read the works revolving our own culture, religion, nation all in such a precise and beautiful words. Great compilation of short stories It introduced me to Malaysian literature. This book reveals the plights, fears, hopes and dreams of Chinese, Malay and Indian people living in Singapore and Malaysia.If I read this all by myself, I might have rated it 2 But Prof has taught me to read between the lines Thus, I am enlightened on how to approach a literary text like this and thus rated it 4 Some of the stories criticize the attitude of certain people For example, Bugis by Alfian Saat portrays the pretentious of Salmah, transgendered people and Bangladeshi man at Bugis Street in Singapore Salmah is pretentious because she wears tudung to attract her crush s attention The narrator is sick with Salmah s attitude of wearing tudung but she still hold her boyfriend s hand in public The narrator and I feels that Salmah is pretending that she is a good girl but the truth is, she is not There are people out there who do this Wearing tudung to look like a nice and decent girl.This book goes beyond the stereotypes For example, we stereotype the Chinese people as money makers and geniuses But Tragedy of My Third Eye by Suchen Christine Lim portrays that there are Chinese pupils out there who can t speak English language and there are still Chinese people who use chamber pot and work as prostitutes My favourites are Kimmy by Ovidia Yu and Tragedy of My Third Eye by Suchen Lim Both are written by Chinese When I read these two, I get emotional, wanna punch some of the characters and hug those poor children.There are 19 short stories If readers approach it for entertainment purpose, they will rate it 1 or 2 star s But if readers approach it for educational purpose, the rating of 3 or 4 is guaranteed. I m not usually a fan of short stories but I enjoyed this book a lot This is a lovely collection of stories, all very well written and entertaining It is also a wonderful introduction to Asian litterature for those who are unfamiliar with it, especially since it gives many different perspectives The writers belong to three different generations, which also adds to the interest of the stories The stories I enjoyed most are Write, Right, Rite by Catherine Lim, The Interview by Gopal Baratham and Mala by K.S Maniam.