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Pulse

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Set in contemporary Toronto and Singapore, "Pulse" is the story of Natalie, a native Singaporean transplanted to Toronto's Chinatown. When she hears the devastating news that Selim, the son of her old best friend (and former lover), has died in mysterious circumstances, she decides to return to Singapore to uncover the truth. Bound up in Selim's story is the relationship ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Key Porter Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jee Koh
Nov 23, 2014 Jee Koh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As it self-identifies, Pulse is not a whodunnit, but a whydunnit. A young man kills himself, and his mother's ex-lover, a woman who migrated with her own parents to Toronto, Canada, may be the only one to understand why he does so. Natalie, an acupuncturist, shares with the dead Saleem an interest in kinbaku, the erotic art of Japanese rope bondage. She is only willing to do the tying, whereas Saleem relishes the pain-pleasure of being tied. Both long, however, to transcend their bodies, the sit ...more
Stephen
Apr 06, 2014 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Thought it was a far more compelling read than Kwa's pioneering This Place Called Absence!

Surprised that this novel is getting such lukewarm reviews on goodreads. It's a stunning work and especially important given the lack of representations of same-sex Asian American women. On that mark alone, it's groundbreaking; the sophisticated characterizations are of course the icing on the fictional cake.

I mean a 1 star rating? WTFKTHXBYE
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