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Tanamera (Hodder Great Reads) Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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Length: 740 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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'An astonishing fictional debut . . . A great read' (Daily Mail)

'An exceedingly good book, and one of the can't put down variety . . . a winner' M M Kaye, author of The Far Pavilions (M M Kaye, author of The Far Pavilions)

'Noel Barber has always done everything in a big way, with style, panache and a dash of adventure. But he has never written a story of such dimensions, such a sense of history and imagination as this first novel . . . it is an intensely gripping and convincing story' (Manchester Evening News)

'Barber is a master' (Mail on Sunday)

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A truly Great Read - 'Convincing, exotic, lively, for sheer story-telling it puts other so-called "epics" in the shade' Standard


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1701 KB
  • Print Length: 740 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; Reprint edition (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071MB0TA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,420 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
A fantastic story of two young lovers who fight to be together against all the racial odds of the 1930's in Singapore. It captures your imagination, and lets you live through out their struggles, experiences, love and heartache. A true bestseller. The first noel barber book I have read, and definately not the last
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This book definitely joins up with James Clavell's books about
Asia (Hong Kong and Japan). It is great to read about life in Singapore, a British Colony with overwhelming Chinese population. As a native of Hong Kong, I see differences as well as similarities among the Chinese people under British rule.
From what I undertand both Clavell and Barber are dead. I am waiting to see such books about China and Taiwan
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By A Customer on 6 May 2001
Format: Paperback
Having been to both Malaysia and Singapore several times, I felt myself back walking down Orchard Road and other places. The book gave me a much more historical background, not only about the unpleasant wartime but also of the tin and rubber-trade, which made Malaysia grow such much. A fine book which I found hard to put down.
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Epic, overblown, overripe but also over the moon having just finished Tanamera. Barber is an old-fashioned but rather wonderful writer and he has written a beautiful, proper, old- school potboiler. In the end I couldn't put it down. His ability to conjure both colonial Singapore and Malaya and the horror of jungle warfare is matchless. Barber is an expert on the fall of Singapore and the chapters devoted to that terrible period are brilliantly written and capture the confusion, chaos and desperation of the time as well as the surreal way in which the old lifestyle continued as the city gradually fell apart. I loved every word.
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I agree with most of the other reviews in terms of the story. It's a great read. However...

What a shame there are so many mistakes in the Kindle Edition. Full stops in the wrong place, unexpected capitals, commas incorrectly positioned. Not a major problem, but having to work out what is meant to be there in order to be able to read it properly disturbs the reader and makes one surface from being lost in the depths of the Malay jungle. Not helpful for the enjoyment of a good book.
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A book with atmosphere, strong characters and excitement. Noel Barber was a well-respected journalist (foreign correspondent for a national newspaper) and it shows in the detail and historic accuracy. Tanamera was written about 40 years ago and could be considered a bit old fashioned in style, but the storyline running through is as powerful today as it ever was: boy meets girl = problems!
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By A Customer on 26 Nov. 1999
Format: Paperback
This is an epic tale that really captures the imagination. Set against the background of colonnial Singapore it tells the story of a famillies struggles, heartaches and achievements. Its a wonderfully good read and if yiu have ever been to Sigapore, or the far east, then you will really appreciate the detail, as Barber superbly captures the atmosphere of the orient.
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Poor start consisting of a sex crazed couple leaping into bed every two minutes but picked up once the Japanese invaded. After yet more revelations of the staggering incompetence of the authorities, I am amazed that we ever won a war with the morons in high places. As an aside read Philby, a spy among friends. This book becomes quite exciting for the last quarter. All in all a pretty good read
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