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MALAYSIAN TALES: Retold & Remixed Paperback – June 10, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: ZI Publications Sdn. Bhd.; First edition (June 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9675266201
  • ISBN-13: 978-9675266201
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,209,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daphne Lee is a writer and editor. She has published six picture books, as well as short stories in magazines and anthologies. She writes a weekly column about children's and young adult books for Malaysian daily, The Star, and runs reading initiatives for a Malaysian non-profit organisation. Daphne is also the publishing editor of OneRedFlower Press, which specialises in Malaysian picture books.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon on February 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
Folktales hold a mirror up to our inner lives and provide us with a shared frame of reference, so it’s small wonder that many modern authors (among them Angela Carter in The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories and Adèle Geras who writes the introduction to this book) have been inspired to update these traditional stories.

In Malaysian Tales Retold and remixed, Daphne Lee pulls together a selection of some of Malaysia’s finest fiction writers (as well as Singapore’s O Thiam Chin) to share their versions of traditional stories. What results is a collection of very fresh new fiction with its roots in the oral past, but exploring contemporary concerns.

The writing is most effective when the writers give their legendary characters a human voice, exploring their motivations and preoccupations. Endless Night by Daphne Lee gives a voice to the legendary character Puteri Gunung Ledang and transforms her into a “wholly magical entity” in a piece which is both lyrical and sensual. Preeta Samarasan’s retelling of Si Tanggang captures the depth of a mother’s heartbreak and makes it entirely plausible that this wronged woman could utter the terrible curse that would turn her own child to stone. Samarasan also transforms the Langkawi legend of Mahsuri, a woman accused of adultery and summarily executed, into a moving contemporary love story of a young woman much wronged, both by her absentee husband, and by her delinquent brother who claims to have killed his sister for the family honour. The writer uses the piece to ask important questions about sexuality in Malaysia – an issue, she says, which is quite inseparable from race and religion.
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