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The Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell
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Mar 14, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical, pure-novel, asia

The fall of Singapore marked not only the end of the British Empire, but also the end of the myth of caucasian supremacy. Sure, the American Empire followed, but that is largely economic and, frankly, tacky; there isn't the awe, to be brutal.
This little book chronicles those last days with humor, pathos, and a fine understanding of the human condition. And for anyone who's ever lived in Singapore, it's as essential a read as 'Saint Jack', which picks up the period when the war was over. Each, in its way, is a classic.

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