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The Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell
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Feb 01, 2010

it was amazing

Singapore was formed as a trading town for the British Empire, and in 1942 when it fell to the Japanese, the colonial inhabitants didn't know what hit them. Even as the Japanese were making their way down The Malay Peninsula, Walter Blackett, a prosperous merchant, was completely oblivious and continued with his plans of a Jubilee celebration. The book is good at painting a vivid picture of colonial greed and arrogance. It is tragic and at times amusing (but in a wry way), and very well researched. Loved it.

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Tom Have you read Troubles, the first volume in Farrell's trilogy? Curious how this one compares. I thought Troubles was marvelous.

Erma Odrach No, I read a review by an Amazon friend and she mentioned it stood very well on its own. So I just dove into it. I've heard from others Singapore Grip is the best of the trilogy.

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