"A brilliant, complex, richly absurd and melancholy monument to the follies and splendours of Empire."
— Hilary Spurling
"[This] vivid, multi-dimensional portrait of Singapore…is a superbly constructed book, enjoyable on many different levels."
— The Sunday Times
"In Singapore…Farrell makes a heroic and memorable attempt to portray and understand not only the Japanese, but also the lives of the millions of poor, oppressed, displaced and dying whose destruction came about through no fault of their own, who were swept helplessly away by the tides of commercial interest and war."
— Margaret Drabble
"The author of the Booker Prize-winning The Siege of Krishnapur sets this brilliant work in Singapore in 1939, as an old English firm tries to cash in on the impending world war. A complex, often funny meditation on empire and other matters."
— Martin Levin, The Globe and Mail
"No writer has swallowed all of Singapore, from its stately colonial bungalows to its once opium-infested slums, with the verve and wit of the late J.G. Farrell, whose 1978 saga The Singapore Grip remains the great Singapore novel...Farrell's pungent aroma still fleetingly hovers over today's city...With his gentle wit Farrell captures the soul of Singapore: a polyglot Asian port, still partly under the sleepy sway of its British colonial past, and still lurching toward an uncertain future with a furious, irresistible energy."
This is a good description of the British colonial society in Asia just before WWII. At some places, the book become "plodding". Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Gordon Scott III
One of the best historical novels ever written, “The Singapore Grip” has been shamefully orphaned by the tragic early death of J.G. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bart Mills
Final and finest novel in Farrell''s Empire trilogy combines scathing satire, outrage, and plain human decency with an impressive command of a wide-ranging narrative. Read morePublished 3 months ago by pkgoode
Oh did they deserve to lose as they quickly did. Japan succeeded in one of their war aims that is they did end colonialism in all of southeast asia. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Phillip S. Greene
It's long, and while I've enjoyed many long books 'cause I didn't want them to end, this one I did; I just couldn't finish it.... Sorry.Published 7 months ago by Joy V. Smith
Loved his books about the British colonies. Exciting and poignant, Read them years ago and am glad they are now available for Kindle. I am re-reading the 3 books.Published 8 months ago by Ann Brill