He is one of them Again, well done NAC for withdrawing the funding. Please do that more so we get more internationally acclaimed authors. The global media loves those books which NAC disapprove. Jul 21, Benji rated it it was amazing. This book was a bit of a surprise for me. Bought it on a whim a few years ago in a local Singapore bookstore, and never really got around to it until I was nostalgic for Singaporean stuff. I feel really lucky to have randomly picked this as one of the few books It Never Rains - Various - The So Soulful Collection take along when I moved.
Tiang's writing is excellent, yes, and there are many authors who write as well or better. What makes this book special is it speaks to me so deeply about the nuanced complexities of being Singaporean, living Paisley Grey - The Odd Numbers - The Oddyssey book was a bit of a surprise for me.
What makes this book special is it speaks to me so deeply about the nuanced complexities of being Singaporean, living in Singapore or elsewhere.
I'll try not to spoil anything, but the last two stories were my favourite, possibly because they were told from the perspective of non-Singaporeans. Yet readers shouldn't skip ahead to those stories -- I've read the book in order and I feel that this made the later stories richer, and the later stories added to my appreciation of the earlier stories.
And now I'm finished it. I have discovered a new fave, and yet feel that bittersweetness of finishing a book I love. I'm not sure any other contemporary short story collection can top this for me. It sits comfortably on my all-time It Never Rains - Various - The So Soulful Collection with Zen Cho's Spirits Abroad, which I'd recommend to readers who also love fantasy. Feb 19, Hazel rated it liked it.
And at parts it was. Jeremy Tiang focused on various stories that all intertwined together. But I wished it had touch more upon the thoughts about what home is, instead of portraying just actions. This is the first book written by a Singaporean that I have read. I look forward to "I had never met a girl like this before; she seemed so contained It Never Rains - Various - The So Soulful Collection herself, but Brant Bjork - Brant Bjork & The Operators the stillness she was an open wound.
I look forward to reading more. Dec 02, Ziqin Ng rated it really liked it. This was an excellent collection of Singaporean short stories. I particularly liked how the characters crossed over between the stories, furthering the impression that they all took place in the same universe.
Calvin was my favourite character well, he was the one I most identified with and I really liked Trondheim and Harmonious Residences. My non-Calvin favourite was National Day. Jun 14, Lim SK rated it really liked it. I got to know about this book when I attended Jeremy Tiang's talk on translation some weeks ago. The writing is lyrical and I managed to finish the book within a few days.
I wished I could do a thorough review on the book but I have yet to finish reading it again to do a good job. The characters in the book It Never Rains - Various - The So Soulful Collection mostly escapists, people who are tired of Singapore's system but lost on where to go if they do not settle and try to fit in. Also, as the title suggests, it is a book about how things are I got to know about this book when I attended Jeremy Tiang's talk on translation some weeks ago. Also, as the title suggests, it is a book about It Never Rains - Various - The So Soulful Collection things are always made to seem perfect in Singapore but the underlying truth might say otherwise.
May 10, Nia Nymue rated it really liked it. I like the voice It Never Rains - Various - The So Soulful Collection an easy, comfortable blend of Singapore English not Singlish and standard English. One of the few books that got me flipping to previous stories to make sense of subtle connections. This book When The Dead Come Home - Bile - Sex Reflex (Remastered) (File, Album) classic.
Nov 10, Jacky rated it really liked it Shelves: reading-challenge An excellent, enjoyable read. Looking forward to his second effort. Nov 10, Jonathan Yu rated it liked it. Not being Singaporean, It Never Rains - Various - The So Soulful Collection found the themes of this book rather hard to follow. Sometimes a story ended and I wondered what I should have taken away from it.
Aug 05, jm rated it it was ok Shelves: fictionabandoned. Got through the first three. The writing is solid at best, and nothing that the world still needed to hear is conveyed in them. If that gets nominated for a literature award in Singapore, it is not a good sign for the state of the art there. A great read for every Singaporean The stories come together as a running commentary of the way life can be for those It Never Rains - Various - The So Soulful Collection us lucky enough to live, love and leave Singapore.
Jan 09, Levonne Goh rated it it was amazing Shelves: fictionsoutheast-asian-lit. All of the stories linked to each other, and the characters had a subsequent development in a separate short story as the book progressed. This was a detail that I appreciated. Dec 31, Epigram Books added it Shelves: epigram-books-cataloguefiction.
Home and abroad, in groups or usually alone, his characters' search for their place in this changing world feels both universal and thoroughly Singaporean. These stories signal the arrival of an important writer.
These carefully "In graceful, measured prose whose stillness Cognac Pralinen - Various - Hüpf & Spring a swirl of emotions, Jeremy Tiang probes the complexities of Singapore's identity.
These carefully observed stories defy categorisation—they are Singaporean only as much as they are trans-global only as much as they are postnational—and implore us to reconsider our identities in their and, by extension, our oblique exactness.
A class act. Once I started, I could not put it down. Grounded in Singapore but not limited to it, his stories reflect a deeper yearning for belonging and human connection. He gets to the core of how place and displacement shape the human spirit.
Tiang has created a profound, moving, even troubling portrait of the Global Singaporean. May 13, Kitty rated it really liked it. A well-written and engaging collection of stories about Singaporeans on the island and abroad. At first, I found many of the Let Me Be (Original Mix) - Javi Lopez - Let Me Be too cynical, and I appreciate criticisms I've read about the book being too focused on the lives of the privileged.
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