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Jee Leong Koh is the author of Steep Tea (Carcanet), named a Best Book of the Year by UK's Financial Times and a Finalist by Lambda Literary in the USA. He has published three other books of poems, a book of zuihitsu, and a collection of critical and personal essays. His latest book of poems Connor & Seal has been released by Sibling Rivalry Press (March, 2020). His work has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Vietnamese, Russian, and Latvian. Originally from Singapore, Koh lives in New York City, where he heads the literary non-profit Singapore Unbound, which is dedicated to the struggle for freedom of expression and equal rights for all.
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BOX HILL by Adam Mars-Jones

 I venture that to understand the protagonist Colin, and thus the novel, it takes one to know one, or else someone with a large empathy. As Colin explains it:

"Well, Ray's charisma was real, and I wasn't the only one to feel it. But I went along with it. It's only exaggerating a little to say that I knew what I as doing when I fell over those long and insolently extended legs. I was ready. I had no

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Published on August 11, 2022 12:35
Average rating: 4.04 · 414 ratings · 83 reviews · 20 distinct worksSimilar authors
Steep Tea

4.24 avg rating — 67 ratings — published 2015 — 4 editions
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The Pillow Book

3.72 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 2012
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Payday Loans

3.81 avg rating — 31 ratings — published 2007 — 3 editions
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Equal to the Earth

4.22 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 2009 — 2 editions
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Seven Studies for a Self Po...

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Connor & Seal

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Snow at 5 PM

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A Cubist painting of a book—the many sides of the underbelly of London are laid out flat and side-by-side for an almost clinical analysis.
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The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
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The stories suffer from the a common defect of the genre, too much exposition, leaving too little room for complex character development or nuanced human interactions. A number of the conceits are very imaginative, as in the various transformations o ...more
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Some interesting inventions, but the whole is weakened by a too-insistent didacticism about human greed and violence, and the cyclical pattern of human history.
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I read a story collection by Eka Kurniawan, and enjoyed it very much, and so I was looking forward to reading this novel by him. It's very different. The supernatural element is here too, and so are the richly observed details of life in a small rura ...more
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The Witch Doctor’s Daughter by Kathrina Mohd Daud
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A richly observed coming-of-age tale. If the plot is quite simple and straightforward, I still like the slight twist of having the adoption of a child, and not the choice of a husband, be the trigger for maturation. It's a different take on the age-o ...more
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A rousing historical narrative, impassioned, clear-sighted, and deeply knowledgeable.

About the British effort at the abolition of slavery in the latter half of the 1780's:

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A book that strives to capture something of the incoherence of life, and it succeeds to a certain extent, but I go to art for coherence. Life is incoherent enough for me. Thought not sufficiently apprehended sensuously.
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George I got my copy of Equal to the Earth and have had time to read it. Very impressive work. I particularly liked the Fire Island series at the end and specially the last stanza of 7. Fire Island. I guess that's what we all hope for. And the poem Floor Tiling where the “two designs coexisted.“ Each of your books has seemed to me to be a step ahead, a progression; more concentrated and therefore increasingly interesting to read. So I enjoyed Equal to the Earth very much and am waiting for the next.


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Jee Koh Thanks, Abha, for your kind comment on my ghazals. What is your native tongue?

Abha wrote: "hi,
went to your blog and was blown away by your ghazals. first time i actually enjoyed english ghazals, usually they lack something for me, since i write them in my native tongue. try to.
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Abha hi,
went to your blog and was blown away by your ghazals. first time i actually enjoyed english ghazals, usually they lack something for me, since i write them in my native tongue. try to.



Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

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Phayvanh Thanks! This is helping me to understand the book better. It's our book club selection this month, and I'm trying to like it.

I can't tell beyond your three stars whether you liked it or not, but perhaps it doesn't matter so much. It's a good book. It just prbably isn't for me.


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