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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; Reprint edition (28 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340282622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340938324
  • ASIN: 0340938323
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I read the paperback many years ago and enjoyed the well written fiction in the background of historical fact. Barber has a good feel for characters and a great journalistic talent for capturing the time and period. Reading it again was as enjoyable as the first.
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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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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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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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The cover is different and the book falling apart from the moment I opened it. Pages have all come unstuck at the bottom and when I turn a page it virtually falls out, making it difficult to read. I know it's an old book and cost virtually nothing but I don't think it was described correctly.
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