Breaking the Tongue

Breaking the Tongue

A Novel

Book - 2004
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As the Japanese prepare to invade Singapore, an Anglophile Chinese family struggles to survive and preserve its dignity in the face of shifting loyalties of spies, expatriates, and nationalists.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393057928
Branch Call Number: Fic Loh
Characteristics: 407, [2] p. : map ; 26 cm.


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Bettylg Jun 18, 2012

Loh has written a dense and complicated story around the fall of Singapore, a little told historical turning point in WWII. I loved the way she brings the landscape, the people and the language of Singapore into the narrative. Her characters are all living in a maddening orbit around the British social order and the sudden collapse of this world changes the tragectory of their lives. Very moving and real.


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