"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."
An enjoyable read in particular for those who know South East Asia and are interested to learn a bit more about the 'couleur local'. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Bram
The decline of the British Empire, compressed into the fall of Singapore. From the title -- which, by the way, never quite is pinned down -- to the "Schrodinger's Cat"... Read morePublished 23 days ago by NoOil4Pacifists
"Many of the bricks are real, its architecture is entirely fantastic." This is Farrell's opening disclaimer, and perhaps too modest about its history. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Montana Skyline
This is a good description of the British colonial society in Asia just before WWII. At some places, the book become "plodding". Read morePublished 6 months ago by Gordon Scott
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 7 months 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 8 months ago by pkgoode