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Corridor: 12 Short Stories

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  171 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Corridor is a collection of short stories all set in present-day Singapore. With unsentimental clarity and heartbreaking honesty, Alfian Sa'at writes about HDB dwellers — students, housewives and factory workers, whose lives begin to unravel once they discover that happiness is a fragile thing in a country obsessed with progress and success.

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Paperback, 154 pages
Published by Raffles (first published January 1st 2015)
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Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: school, short-stories
The writing made me cringe hundreds of times... What is with so many local Singaporean writers who over-describe, over-explain and over-symbolize their story??? Most of them confused me so much in an annoying way :/ I can't wait to see how my professor discusses this collection in class...
Aug 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you can ever find this--buy it! And send it to me! Singapore author, short stories. best writer in Singapore essentially. this book is a collection of short stories about an array of "uniquely Singaporean" people. tragic stories, humanly flawed characters. exposes the real issues of Singapore culture. I know no one reading this review probably *cares* about Singapore like I do...but it is fascinating nonetheless.
Bella Ow
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
9.11.17 “12 corridors” by Alfian Sa’at offers a kaleidoscopic palimpsest of Singaporean characters in the 90s. The stories are wistful and imaginative. While the characters are strongly rooted in realism, their inner worlds are represented with much colour, pathos and at times, eccentric finesse. The themes could border beyond the readers’ comfort zones at times, but when viewed under the lens of the struggles of an individual against societal expectations, empathy for the characters are earned ...more
Jun 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
I love "Duel", "Video", "Umbrella" and "Corridor"... Sa'at poetically captures the Singaporean landscape via banal imagery which anyone can relate to. What strikes me most is the clarity with which he conveys the subtle nuances of every 'you and i' in beautiful short descriptions. it's like he could have been reading between the lines of your diary!
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Short stories of modern-day working-class Singaporeans, often written in pidgin slang. The best were the ones featuring young Gay people. Clear, crisp writing, the endings were usually downbeat and sad.
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Essential. Beats Catherine Lim's collections hollow.
Deesha Menon
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think it is difficult to write about happiness and hurt without being disparaging, but Alfian Sa'at does it well. I like that he put careful thought into the kind of symbols and motifs that each story was woven around, and each narrative was both meaningful and relevant.
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was okay for me. Some chapters that I really enjoyed were 'Video', ' Umbrella' and 'Bugis'.
Stephen Yu
This is my second collection of short stories book, my first being Revenge by Yoko Ogawa. The stories were a hit and miss for me, some were an interesting peek into a Singaporean's life while others felt forced, as if they were there just the sake for controversy/shock factor.

The one thing I did enjoy about this book in general is the rawness in which the characters are written, they each have a unique voice. I really enjoyed the fact that some of them spoke improper English, thus having charac
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
These stories were certainly culturally Singaporean. The imagery and slang were somehow simultaneously nostalgic and other-worldly. As a Singaporean, I understood the Singlish with ease and was struck with nostalgia at the nods to everyday scenery and history. At the same time, the stories seem to weave a fantasy. It made me question if the country in these stories were really the country I'm living in. Without beautifying Singapore, the author incited a new appreciation for my country.

Xiu Ren Yap
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really love all the imageries Alfian used. All of them so familiar, so close to heart. There were quite a number of very fun similes as well.

In the stories, focus on the process of characterisation, and the process of storytelling. One might find the ending of the stories a little bleak, and normal, but that is not the case for me. Because of the effective characterisation, the ending felt many more times pronounced. Each of the stories tells us (kind of like the moral of the story), that everyo
Nia Nymue
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Snapshots of ordinary lives. I didn't read it like I would read most books though. It was as though I was just taking a glimpse and not really finding the literary elements and analysing them.
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