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Love and Vertigo

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For the first time in my life, I saw my mother in relation to her family, and I didn't recognise her any more . . . These Singaporean roots of hers, this side of her—and possibly of me too—were unacceptable. I was determined not to belong, not to fit in, because I was Australian, and Mum ought to be Australian too. The tug of her roots, the blurring of her role from wife a ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Allen Unwin (first published 2000)
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Lenore Beadsman64
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cina
è una storia di donne, soprattutto

"L'amore è la risposta, ma è la mia domanda a essere sbagliata. Se mi amavi davvero, perchè non mi sono mai sentita amata?"

donne cinesi, trapiantate in Malesia e poi ancora in Australia, per sfuggire a un destino, a una suocera invadente, a un dolore antico...
Pandora è una donna rifiutata, maledetta alla nascita e morta suicida, le donne della sua famiglia sono inutili, lei più di tutte, suo marito la ama di un amore debole e egoista, un amore condizionato alla
feux d'artifice
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poc-author
what a brutal read.

things I liked:
Teo gets the setting really well, I particularly liked the infamous race riot depiction in Malaysian, it felt really real.

yeah and that's it. reading this was DEPRESSING. there was no kindness spared.

but it's a really good book? it reads like a series of interwoven short stories, and well crafted.

cant imagine myself rereading this any time soon though
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
How shocking the family were to each other, the way they talked and treated each other but so true from what I can gather in the culture environment. This way of illustrating love and contempt within the extended family made me feel uncomfortable while reading so overall was a good read, more than good because I still shudder when I recall how they treated each other. Love, how complex.
Oct 27, 2008 rated it liked it
""In Pandora's neediness, love, like vertigo, pulled at her and she was at once terrified and tempted by the void below." (pp. 99)"
Pandora Lim terlahir sebagai anak yang tidak diinginkan oleh Mei Ling, sang ibu. Mei Ling sangat kecewa ketika ia kembali melahirkan anak perempuan untuk kesekian kali. Pandora pun dihibahkan kepada adik perempuan Mei Ling. Gadis cilik itu hidup bahagia dan mamur hingga ibu angkatnya melahirkan seorang anak perempuan. Ketika itu terjadi Pandora harus kembali ke rumah
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Here's how dumb I am.

I read this book and I thought it was an OK collection of anecdotes about someone living in Malaysia and their experiences.

It was only after I finished it and read the back cover I realized it was an odyssey about a woman searching for meaning through the harrowing life of her mother.

Not paying attention? Perhaps. I liked Behind The Moon a LOT more.
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My ex-uni professor lent me this book as the author was a student of hers and I absolutely love it. Being Singaporean, I find it hard to find books that speak to me with such a localized universality. I love her plot, her candid, unpretentious style and her engaging characters so much that I have re-visited this book many times. In my top 5 for sure.
Carla Sorter
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Just depressing :(
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Malaysian-born Australian novelist.

Hsu-Ming Teo moved to Castle Hill, Sydney at the age of seven. Upon leaving school she began studying Medicine but changed to Arts in her second year of university. She has tutored at both Macquarie University and the University of Sydney, where she was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1998 on the subject of British women's travel writing in the late nine
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