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Readings from Readings 2: New Writing from Malaysia, Singapore and Beyond

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The victim of a snatch theft adopts a rock which she carries everywhere for protection; a world-famous author plots the perfect suicide in an anonymous hotel room, and a young neurosurgeon finds himself on the other side of the medical equation after a tragic accident. From the village headman who travels to weddings on his tractor, to an androgynous rock singer with a U2 ...more
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Published November 25th 2012 by Word Works
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Vivian Adram
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the fact that there's been a Readings from Readings 2, keeping up with the momentum is good. I took Creative Writing from Sharon Bakar at one point in life and have been in love with reading and writing every since. I can't say I do it diligently, but when I do it, I am liberated. It's therapeutic and I recommend it for everyone! Similar to the book - so many different people with so many different stories to tell. Many broke my heart - then mended it - then gave it hope.

Someday, I hope t
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Fadzlishah Johanabas
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
The first volume comprised of poems and stories in both English and Malay. This time, Readings from Readings comes back almost exclusively in English. It feels as though the second volume is targeted at readers beyond Malaysia and Singapore. I'm biased, but to me it's a good move.

The book is well-edited, with minimal typos, and the presentation is absolutely lovely. The stories and poems are so much stronger in this volume. Some of the stories are heavy-handed and didactic, and some are so open-
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Corinne
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
As one who is new to Malaysian writing and culture, I found Readings from Readings 2 a delight. The collection features prose and poetry of various lengths that were read at a live event by the authors themselves. I wish I had been present to experience that; the emotional range going on in these pages would have been something to experience in person.

Full of beautiful imagery as found in the poem 'Kuala Lumpur Trilogy', heart-rending tension in the story 'Of Snakes and Flower Cars', and the col
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Marian Allen
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every piece in this book was stellar, whether it dealt with suicidal ideation or a cat's opinion of who should ask forgiveness of whom.

Every piece took me into the everyday life in a world that's unknown and exotic to me, but also into the hearts of people just like the people in my town -- people like me.

I would like to recommend this book to everyone, if only for the way it shows the common humanity of the world, but the book gives more than that. The stories and poems are all love songs to
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Anna Tan
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Readings from Readings 2: New writing from Malaysia, Singapore and beyond, is a wonderful collection of work, comprising short pieces of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The flavour is undoubtedly Malaysian (ok, and Singaporean) with sprinklings of other voices in between. I found that I preferred the local (or at least Asian) pieces more than the odd sprinkling of “Western” names that found their way into the book. For one, Marc de Faoite’s pieces on Night Fishing in Langkawi and The Milking Pe ...more
Frederick Brooke
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Every so often you discover by chance a writer or writers you’ve never heard of before, and I had this experience when I received a review copy of this book. It’s a compilation of stories and poems by a variety of mostly South Asian names, only one of which I had ever heard of.

My way of reading “foreign” literature is to let it flow over me and make its impressions on me. When I read Tolstoy and Dickens in high school, loads of words and customs and concepts in their books were foreign to me. I
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Punit
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice little medley of stories like a box of chocolates; some you like, some you don't.
My favourite picks: Rani Taxis Away, Blue, KL Trilogy, Milking Pen, Waiting
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Bernice Chauly is the author of six books of poetry and prose: Once We Were There (2017, Winner of the Penang Monthly Book Prize), Onkalo (2013, “Direct, honest and powerful” —JM Coetzee), Growing Up With Ghosts (2011, Winner of the POPULAR-The Star Readers’ Choice Award for Non-Fiction), The Book of Sins (2008), Lost in KL (2008), and going there and coming back (1997).

Born in George Town, Penan
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