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The Beating and Other Stories

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A mysterious tiger roams in the shadows of an apartment block. A security guard comes to terms with a past scarred by his father’s attachment to violence. A woman traces her family’s path of gradual change that began with her teenage pregnancy. A massacre on an island prison brings to life a forgotten strand of an island nation’s history.

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Paperback, First Edition, 210 pages
Published 2012 by Ethos Books
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Le Matt
Oct 31, 2012 Le Matt rated it really liked it
Like a master surgeon, Dave incises and cleaves away our slick veneers to expose gritty, if not utterly disenfranchised beings. He maneuvers his way around the pulse and the veins of the heartland and goes for the jugular. His short stories double as social commentaries, revealing characters conjoined in their solitude and whom, as Thoreau will put it, "lead lives of quiet desperation". The writing is often suffused with cool detachment, potent in nostalgia and ripe with familiar estrangement.



Jeanne
Apr 04, 2012 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
Dave Chua's writing style has such clear, concise and minimalistic tones that brings through a deluge of emotions and meanings. You don't need big, fancy, descriptive words to tell a good story. Absolutely enjoyed this!
Ernest
Feb 02, 2013 Ernest rated it really liked it
Wonderfully melancholic tales. Standout stories for me are 'Chute', 'Fireworks' and 'The Beating'. The tiger in 142B can also join the ranks of the many literary tigers found in literature.
Ray Ong
Aug 21, 2012 Ray Ong rated it really liked it
as succinctly summarized in the foreword by literary critic Gwee Li Sui, this collection of shorts is an examination of the pervading sense of alienation and loneliness that may be rightly termed the Singaporean condition. The inherent contradictions of a statistic-obsessed state machinery and its nostalgic populace, which itself speaks more about their dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs, has created a curious, conflicted creature who strives for material achievements but also ...more
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Mar 26, 2012 Ron rated it it was amazing
A collection of stories about the disconnect and dysfunction of relationships in modern and urban Singapore. Each story is a vignette of characters of different social backgrounds yet facing the same droning sadness and helplessness in their own lives. For me, the shorter stories (The Flat, Chute, The Drowning, Fireworks) are particularly resonating in that they hint at a larger story of which we only get a glimpse with no closure, furthering the melancholy and pointlessness of the lives of the ...more
PJ
Mar 17, 2012 PJ rated it it was amazing
This is a mature collection of short stories set in the Singapore heartland. A piano in which vines were growing and choking the piano strings. A mysterious tiger roaming the void decks of a flat. Disintegrating relationships. A funeral. A lone man who orders and eats the same meal every time. Vanishing people. Writer Dave Chua weaves his imagination and spins a compelling world in which all these and more not only make sense, but come together in a coherent whole.
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Jun 07, 2014 Sae-chan rated it really liked it
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This is quite a good collection of short stories. First time I found among Asian non-Japanese writers. Sometimes I wonder, is there anybody leading a happy life?
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Malaysian-born author and freelance writer Dave Chua, who contributes to various publications including The Straits Times, first came to literary prominence in 1995, when he was a joint winner of the SPH-NAC Golden Point Award for English short story. The following year, his first novel Gone Case received the Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award. A resident of Singapore for most of his ...more
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