Singapore, 1939: life on the eve of World War II just isn't what it
used to be for Walter Blackett, head of British Singapore's oldest
and most powerful firm. No matter how forcefully the police break
one strike, the natives go on strike somewhere else. His daughter
keeps entangling herself with the most unsuitable beaus, while her
intended match, the son of Blackett's partner, is an idealistic
sympathizer with the League of Nations and a vegetarian. Business
may be booming--what with the war in Europe, the Allies are
desperate for rubber and helpless to resist Blackett's price-fixing
and market manipulation--but something is wrong. No one suspects
that the world of the British Empire, of fixed boundaries between
classes and nations, is about to come to a terrible end.
A love story and a war story, a tragicomic tale of a city under
siege and a dying way of life, "The Singapore Grip" completes the
"Empire Trilogy" that began with "Troubles" and the Booker
prize-winning "Siege of Krishnapur,"
New York Review of Books
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J. G Farrell
||204 x 126 x 31mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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