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Notes from an Even Smaller Island Paperback – 24 Jun 2003
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Knowing nothing of Singapore, Neil Humphreys arrives in the land of 'air-conned' shopping centres and Lee Kuan Yew. From the aunties in the hawker centres to expats dressed as bananas, from Singlish to kiasuism, and from Singaporeans abroad, Humphreys explores all aspects of Singaporean life, taking in the sights, dissecting the culture and illuminating each place and person with this perceptive and witty observations. Written b someone who is at once both insider and outside, the book is a wonderfully funny and disarmingly honest portrait of Singapore and its people.
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I found his observations one-sided and exceptionally narcissistic. When you read this book you are left with the impression that Singapore and perhaps the whole universe revolves around the author. You will hear 2 dozen times about how tall and handsome he is. How talented and gifted he is in his profession and so on.
The author tries very hard to conceal his self-absorption and inadequacies with his sense of humour and the apparent light hearted view of things. The reality however is that he takes his opinions way too seriously and his one-sided views are the "non-negotiable truth".
I have been an expat in Singapore with strong current links. I am glad to confirm that this book is not an accurate portrayal of life in Singapore.
Entertaining? at times.
Style of writing? nauseating.
Read? Don't bother !