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on 9 February 2016
Having recently visited Singapore I wanted to find out more about it foundation and also about Raffles. This book is very readable and I find the life of Raffles and his contemporaries very interesting. Now I need to go back to Singapore to find out more!
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on 13 October 2017
very interesting
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on 28 February 2017
interesting
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on 13 April 2018
Birthday recipient very happy!
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on 25 February 2016
good read
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on 20 September 2017
Fascinating story, very engagingly told. I couldn't put it down.
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on 10 November 2014
Good read
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on 3 November 2015
A gift for a friend in Singapore - very appropriate
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on 18 April 2014
I PERSONALLY FOUND THE BOOK UNEVEN WITH INTERESTING LIVELY SECTIONS INTERSPERSED WITH DULL MONOTONOUS SECTIONS. IT TOOK TIME TO READ AND DIGEST.
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on 30 April 2013
It's an enjoyable read, although the style can be frustrating. Descriptors like "lovely" and "fashionable" are fairly tedious to encounter.

As another reviewer mentioned, the basic errors can drive you to stress. In the earliest instance, the entire geography is upside down as Penang is described as being southwards of Melaka. This is repeated soon after. In a slightly later chapter, thankfully, the author comes to her senses with Melaka as "down the coast" (from Penang). Thank goodness! However, that very same chapter ends, unbelievably, with Raffles then sailing "up the coast" to Melaka.
The inconsistencies are annoying and make you wonder if the book is lacking proof reading, editing, or even worse perhaps the author does not have a firm grasp on the geography of the area and perhaps has never even visited.

Another error is that "nonya" is said to be a "Malay word". This is not really true.
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