The Singapore Grip, Paperback
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


A classic novel by a Booker Prize-winning author. Singapore just before the Japanese invasion in the Second World War: the Blackett family's prosperous world of tennis parties, cocktails and deferential servants seems unchanging.

But it is poised on the edge of the abyss: This is the eve of the Fall of Singapore and, as we know, of much else besides. Not only the Blacketts, their friends and enemies, but many individuals are caught up in the events.

Singapore at this historical watershed has never been so faithfully and passionately recreated.




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I enjoyed this epic, richly detailed and humorous reimagining of the fall of Singapore hugely. Since reading it I can't see a mangy dog without being reminded of "The Human Condition". This might be a bit daunting as an introduction to Farrell - Troubles and the Siege of Krishnapur are easier, but it is fully deserving of its place among my favourites. Nobody escapes the savage satire.

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