- File Size: 2963 KB
- Print Length: 322 pages
- Publisher: Amazon Crossing (July 18, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 18, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N5P78JM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“The British have abandoned Malaya (as it was then known), and the Japanese occupation has begun. Mei Foong cherishes Malayan and Chinese culture, telling her children classic Chinese tales to imbue them with the sense of their classical past. Her life seems bleak until she meets Chew Hock San, who helps her and her children during a surprise bombing.…This is a novel of survival and love.…Excellent historical fiction!” —Historical Novel Society
“An atmospheric account of family in wartime.…Siak writes with genuine dramatic flair, vivid feeling for atmosphere, and a keen sense of dramatizing history. Highly recommended.” —South China Morning Post
“An exciting read…Stirring and realistic, When the Future Comes Too Soon is a dynamic examination of the Japanese attack on British Malaya and the tenuousness of love in war, told from the rare perspective of local Malayan-Chinese.” —Asian Review of Books
“This isn’t just a story of survival; it’s a tale of love during wartime, of wavering loyalties, and of Malayan and Chinese culture. When the Future Comes Too Soon is a thoughtfully written book with a very human touch.” —Culture Fly
“As Malayan society grapples with the changes brought on by war and occupation, Mei Foong barters away pieces of her existence in order to survive, and rebuild and reclaim her life. She must finally contend with the realization that one could only wholly reclaim oneself by acts of self-assertion requiring greater courage than needed merely to survive. When the Future Comes Too Soon…is an intricately drawn network of human relationships.” —Musharraf Ali Farooqi, author of Man Asian Literary Prize-shortlisted Between Clay and Dust
“Selina Siak Chin Yoke has created an intensely visceral evocation of life in Malaya during World War II, when a young wife and her family confront the harshness of life under the Japanese occupation and the ethnic polarization it causes. Mei Foong is a hauntingly original character, torn between loyalty to her family and the risk of betrayal—a woman who fatefully defies the constricting conventions of her society.” —María Dueñas, author of New York Times bestselling The Time in Between
About the Author
Selina Siak Chin Yoke is the author of The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds, her first book in the Malayan Series. Of Malaysian-Chinese heritage, she grew up listening to family stories and ancient legends, always knowing that one day she would write. After an eclectic life as a theoretical physicist, investment banker, and trader in London, the heavens intervened. In 2009, Chin Yoke was diagnosed with cancer, the second major illness she had to battle. While recovering, she decided not to delay her dream of writing any longer. She is currently working on her third book and also writes a blog about Malaysia at www.siakchinyoke.com/blog.
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When Malaysia is invaded by Japan, Mei Foong does her best to keep her large family afloat during a time period where inflation has hit an all time high and you do not know where your next meal is going to come from.
It shows the ups and down between her and her spouse. I have often wonder what her mother n law, the belated Chye Hoon would have done in that same situation of Japanese occupation.
This read shows how people used ethnic backgrounds to separate a them versus us mentality. I guess somethings never change considering the current climate our society is in today.
As we near towards the end of the book I would have liked more from this author. We know there is possible chemistry between Mei Foong and another character who is also living under the perils of Japanese occupation but I wanted more.I felt that the end of the book was wrapped up fairly quickly.
With that said, I still gave it five stars because it kept my interest and wanting to know more of what was going to happen next.
This book was also well written and descriptive. I felt the ending fell kind of flat. I think I was hoping for more fight from the main character Wei Foong, but I guess I shouldn't have expected it from the culture and time.
This book is also apparently part of a series, so I can't wait to get my hands on the first one. I don't normally read a lot of just historical fiction or fiction books, but after reading this book I really want to start reading other things like it.
Following the death of the family matriarch, changes invariably arise, accelerated by the invasion by Japan and the hardships it brings.
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I can’t help but compare it to Book 1. I could see that so much work was put in the writing of Book 1. But Book 2 is just flat. There are so many areas that the author can work up a conflict which is brewing in many sections of the book, but then she focused on just her writing instead.
In fact, her writing is mesmerizing. The sentences, the terms, the descriptions, they are all just beautiful to read. Captivating and moving. I feel that however tantalizing the prose and the language can be, the author has to lure us into the depth of the story with an intriguing plot.
Until 50% of the book, there is still no mystery, struggle or even a conflict. I thought there are at least 3 characters that the author could work at to create conflict but nothing forthcoming. Is it a rush job just to tail the success of the first effort? Or is it the publisher’s offer to quickly get the book out to meet a certain sales target?
I must take my hat off to Selina’s writing. Extremely beautiful and touching. Just her writing alone, it’s worth all the time I spent reading.
I found the characters were well-rounded, although the brother-in-law & his wife were somewhat hard to get hold of, which was probably part of the plan.
It ended rather abruptly for me, I expected Mei Foong to fight harder for connection with her children & hadn't expected her to sacrifice them for her relationship.
All together an excellent read & I am looking forward to book three, to maybe explain the conundrum at the end of book two.