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"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."
What's stayed with me after completing this novel and the two previous books in the "Empire Trilogy" has to be how strongly delivered each story has been. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Cphe
While I knew this writer is well-regarded I found this book unnecessarily wordy. He often went off on tangents that did not move the plot along.Published 1 month ago by L-lenox
This book is historically interesting and humanly exciting. What pathos and irony!!! It starts with a stereotypical look at a slice of the Britsh colonial experience and develops... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gordon Alan Joseph
It took a while for the novel to win me over, but by the end I must applaud it as both a wonderful though unconventional historical novel as well as a highly entertaining portrayal... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. M. Peterson
One of the best books I have ever read. So much for the British Empire. It certainly was ill at that period in world history.. Read morePublished 3 months ago by pamela friedland
This was far too long for the story that was told. I was beginning to root for the Japanese. I liked The Siege of Krishnapur but not this one.Published 3 months ago by Renny
For anyone visiting Singapore this is a must read. Gives an account of pre WW II Singapore and how a family and related people endured the hardships of war. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sam Shamoon
Excella nt novel. Well written and a perceptive analysis of the last days of empi43.Published 7 months ago by taylorjam813