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Fistful Of Colours

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Fistful of Colours is a elegant, multi-layered reflection on Singapore as experienced through one day in the life of Ong Suwen, a young teacher in search of her identity as a woman and an artist. Peering into the rich history of her stepfather's family, Suwen uncovers and reveals the hopes and struggles of Singapore's first generation of immigrants and residents - from Chi ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 305 pages
Published 2003 by Straits Times Press (first published 1992)
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Dec 25, 2014 Ian rated it really liked it
This is an amazing exploration of the issues of race and gender in twentieth century Singapore. Set in the context of a female Chinese artist's controversial win in an artistic contest with a painting which depicted some of her own painful experiences at the hands of her step father and a colleague who was also an artistic rival, mentor and supposed friend, the story delves into the lives of several friends representing all of the major ethnic groups in Singapore. Along the way it vignettes a wi ...more
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Feb 26, 2015 Kim Tong Lim rated it it was amazing
This story won Suchen Christine Lim the Singapore Literature Prize in 1992. It was set in Singapore with story told of early Chinese immigrants setting foot in Singapore during the times after Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore. The history of these immigrants including those from other neighbouring countries and about Singapore during the British rule was brought to life by Suchen’s narration. I read about three generations moving from that early period to the Japanese Occupation and then l ...more
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Dec 19, 2013 Stephen Gordons rated it did not like it
Horrendous. If there is one book I read this year which you should avoid, it is this one.
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Born in Malaysia in 1948, grew up on both sides of the causeway that separates Malaysia from Singapore. Came to Singapore at age 14, studied in the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus schools, and the National University of Singapore. Taught in a junior college and worked as a curriculum specialist in the Ministry of Education. Resigned in 2003 to write full time.
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