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The Singapore Grip
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on 10 February 2014
The story of the fall of Singapore is told from all points of view as bit by bit the end approaches. I am not sure that it would be better read in a book than in Kindle because there is a great deal of going back over a character's background and many times I wanted to re-read - not always easy on Kindle. But for the strory itself, I was able to feel all the way that the social and military history was correct and for me that is the most important considerationm.
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on 10 April 2016
Great novel I read it alongside James Leasor's ' Singapore - the battle that changed the world, on a visit to Singapore. Farrell uses the documented history and gives it life and characters we like and care about. There are no easy endings where the virtuous get rewarded in Farrell's novel, but you want them too, even tho' you know that life's not like that.
I was gripped through long flights and hot afternoons and wished there was more when it ended.
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on 12 November 2015
A long, but entertaining and moving read. Interspersed with wonderful passages of absurdist humour arising from the juxtaposition of British Colonial culture and the people of Asia as the Japanese lay siege and set fire to Singapore in 1942.
Such a shame this wonderful novelist died so young and we do not have his unique commentary on the closing days of the last century and the start of this.
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on 20 April 2015
Another wonderful novel by J.G. Farrell. Although not as famous as Troubles and The Siege of Krishnapur it is equally fine.Some of the political and commercial background detail make it less punchy than those other works, but his evocation of period and atmosphere and his dialogue and characterization are excellent. Highly recommended.
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on 9 September 2014
Farrell's research sometimes weighs heavily on this tome, but there are some great action moments and, yes, you do learn a lot of interesting things about the history of Singapore, directly and indirectly. You cannot be sure either what the Singapore Grip really is, even if you think you have a good idea ...
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on 13 August 2016
Great seller. Item arrived super quick and book good condition. Hilarious at times and very well written characters that make you squirm. I did lose interest somewhat however at the long rants of the protagonist's business strategies.
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on 12 April 2015
This is one of the only books I've ever read that could survive on the quality of the prose alone. Add a fascinating story or three, and humour that keeps an otherwise dark tale fluffily light and you have a masterpiece.
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on 31 December 2016
I'm still in the process of reading this but so far so good! It is set in the time just before the Japanese captured Singapore during WW2 and is well-researched and well-written by a master story-teller.
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on 31 March 2015
Really enjoyed this book. Loved the story and particularly the setting and era. I've since bought it for a friend's birthday. I think they'll love it too. Looking forward to reading more Farrell.
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on 29 August 2014
An excellent read I lived in Singapore for a number of years, when I was in the forces and a lot of the British civilians out there certainly acted as the family in the book
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