Sunday Siesta 1: Book Review ‘The River’s Song’ by Suchen Christine Lim

[The Sunday Siesta series: You’ll find no advertorials and no sponsored posts. Just recommendations of stuff I really like, in no more than 3 paragraphs! Every Sunday! 🙂 ]

The River's Song by Suchen Christine Lim

I borrowed this book from the library on Thursday evening, and completed reading it before I went to bed. The book is riveting from page one!

A story about love and loss, about family secrets left untold, about identity, about the magical world of music. And above all, “the social upheaval created by the rise of Singapore”. Wonder about the history behind the pristine Singapore River as we know it today and try to imagine being one of the thousands of squatters and hawkers evicted from the river.

In all honesty, I had never once thought about the people displaced from the Singapore River because of the cleanup ordered by the Prime Minister (Lee Kuan Yew) at that time. You’ll read this book and think “Yah! What happened to those guys?” I read this book and I began to understand why Suchen Christine Lim is “one of Singapore’s most distinguished writers” and winner of the Inaugural Singapore Literature Prize (1992). How did I fail to get one of her novels as a Literature text in school? Hmm…



3 thoughts on “Sunday Siesta 1: Book Review ‘The River’s Song’ by Suchen Christine Lim

  1. Good respite (reprieve may be too strong a word) from the advertorial or sponsored posts. Good job in trying to maintain a balance between monetizing and keeping those readers who are looking for some brain and soul fillers.

    • Hehe! On one hand, getting lotsa advertorial requests is good. And on the other, there are other things I want to blog about. Hence this series. 😀

      Stay tuned! 🙂

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