Unrest

Unrest In a middle aged man and woman share a night of passion returning to their respective spouses the next day They will not see each other again but each is profoundly shaken by the consummation

  • Title: Unrest
  • Author: Yeng Pway Ngon Jeremy Tiang
  • ISBN: 9789810738020
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • Unrest

    In 1987, a middle aged man and woman share a night of passion, returning to their respective spouses the next day They will not see each other again, but each is profoundly shaken by the consummation of a relationship that began thirty years previously We discover this couple first met in the 1950s when they were both student revolutionaries in Singapore, ardently striviIn 1987, a middle aged man and woman share a night of passion, returning to their respective spouses the next day They will not see each other again, but each is profoundly shaken by the consummation of a relationship that began thirty years previously We discover this couple first met in the 1950s when they were both student revolutionaries in Singapore, ardently striving to bring about a socialist paradise in Asia How did they go from the high minded ideals of Communism to empty marriages and sordid adultery A study in the decline of idealism and the ultimate failure of the Communist project, Unrest is also a bittersweet love story that takes place across Singapore, Malaya, Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.

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    1. Whitaker

      Unrest tells the story of Daming, Ziqin, Guoliang and Weikang. Their stories are told at two points in time: from around 1956 to 1965 when they were students and supporters of communism living in British colonial Malaya and some 30 years later in 1987. The novel explores different forms of unrest and by extension different forms of oppression: of the communists by the British, of the people by the people in China’s Cultural Revolution, of children by their parents, of wives by their husbands, [...]

    2. Roy Llh

      I read the original mandarin text of "Unrest" and I was mesmerised by the author's manipulation of narrative voice. The constant switch in narrative voices served as an interruption to the reading experience. Every single character demanded equal attention (during the reading and writing process) and in doing so, each character seemed small and powerless in the ideological wave of their time. My favourite part was no doubt the chapters in which Zi Qin conversed with the author in a meta setting. [...]

    3. Ad Astra

      If you want a book that is ALL about character development, this is your novel. I really liked this book. It is about youth, and age. Where we started and how we ended up down roads we thought were stereotypical and not in our futures. It has a huge helping of meta. It's not a book for everyone, and at first I couldn't keep track of the characters. But the whole book reads like a lost love letter from your past. I am not old enough or married long enough to have made mistakes and torn asunder my [...]

    4. unperspicacious

      An indulgent mess. It could be a translation issue, or me not being able to understand Nanyang sensibilities. But the characterisations lacked authenticity, and the author's efforts to deal with this by going postmodern reinforced this further - a fatal judgement in a novel that was so character=driven to begin with.

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