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The Eloquence of Desire

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Set in the 1950s, this book explores the conflicts in family relationships caused by obsessive love, the lost innocence of childhood and the terror of the Communist insurgency in Malaya.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Sparkling
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Yvann S
“Does he realise that? It’s us he’s punishing. Not you.”

(from the blurb) Set in the 1950s, The Eloquence of Desire explores the conflicts in family relationships caused by obsessive love, the lost innocence of childhood and the terror of the Communist insurgency in Malaya.

I always struggle with a book where I cannot like any of the characters. George is a horrible man, obsessive in his infidelity and a rapist. Susan is a difficult child, hemmed in between childish naivetë and adult guilt, (all w
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Carole
We first meet George, travelling home on the tube, after his meeting with his boss where he learns of his 'promotion' to Malaya. Both he and his wife know it's anything but a promotion.

His wife Dorothy feels powerless to do anything but go with him as she feared being frowned upon and shunned by other people if she divorced George. "The alternative to divorce, thought Dorothy, was to grit her teeth and depart for Malaya."
She hates Malaya and they are both bored, Dorothy starts to fantasise about
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Evangeline Han
When I heard that the setting for The Eloquence of Desire is Malaya, I just knew that I had to review it. For those of you who do not know, Malaysia was formerly known as Malaya. I enjoyed the descriptions of Malaya. There were good and rich. As I read, I could vividly picture in my mind the market and plantation roads. I vaguely remembered reading that clandestine extramarital affairs weren’t unusual in the early and mid-1990s but the vileness of it captured in the book was abhor-able. I detest ...more
Danielle Villano
Taken from the review on my blog, The Reader's Commute:

I'm here with another review! It's been tough finding the time to blog, now that I have two internships, but I'm certainly reading quite a bit! The blog is certainly living up to its name, because here's another book that I read on my commute!

I received a Kindle copy of The Eloquence of Desire by Amanda Sington-Williams through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This seems to happen quite a bit: I was drawn to the book because of it
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Jo at Jaffareadstoo
Set in the 1950’s, The Eloquence of Desire follows the disintegration of a marriage and combines it with the heady descriptions of life in Ipoh, in Malaya. At the start of the novel we are made aware that George is being punished for an extra marital dalliance with the Boss’s daughter, by being sent abroad. George's wife Dorothy does not wish to accompany him, but for the sake of propriety she agrees to leave their daughter Susan behind at boarding school in England, and goes with George. What t ...more
Laura Wilkinson
Amanda Sington-Williams won an award from the Royal Literary Fund to develop this novel and it's not difficult to see why. As stylish as the front cover model, it is the story of a middle aged man's exile from 50s England after a scandal at work, and the devastating effects this has on him and his family.

The Eloquence of Desire evokes an era when British people travelled to the tropics filled with romantic post-colonial dreams of a better life with little,if any, understanding of the county and
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April
Cover Art - Beautiful and a real eye catcher. Sadly the cover does not match the content.

I really wanted to like this book but I could not find any characters to route for. They were all very unlikable. At times the story really dragged and I had to push to finish.

The writing was nice but my lack of empathy for the characters made it a tough read. All that said the author shows serious promise. I would be interested in reading a book from her with characters and a story I was engaged in.

A seriou
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Amanda Sington-Williams
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I got hooked on writing when I did a two year course on Creative Writing at Sussex University. I've had a number of short stories published. (more info on my website) and have an MA in Creative Writing and Authorship from Sussex University. The Eloquence of Desire was my first novel and was published in 2010. This was a romance and won an award from the Royal Literary Fund. My latest novel Just Tw ...more
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“He watched the newly arrived commuters as they stepped into the carriage, pushed their way down the tube, the odours from their damp clothes mingling, giving off varying degrees of mustiness: London grime, or smoke from airless offices. A woman wearing a blue swing coat glanced along the carriage, casting around for an empty seat. Her pale skin, the searching green eyes, reminded him of Emma. Briefly, he felt his breath catch; he stood, clambered back over his neighbour and indicated for her to take his seat. And so his mind stayed with Emma when he knew he should be working out a strategy for telling Dorothy of his news. But Emma was never far away; like the glitter balls in dance halls, she would slowly rotate in his memory, different facets reappearing, as the hues changed in her auburn hair.” 3 likes
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