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The Singapore GripSingaporelife 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 m They say that one of the symptoms of COVID 19 is the loss of smell But I smell just fine even as I know there's at least two ways to take that I have listened closely to Dr Fauci and the CDC and the WHO and none of them has spoken at all about the strange circumstance which has befallen me in these semi isolating times To wit it appears that whatever book I am reading is invisible to other 'residents' I mean if she knew I was reading she surely wouldn't ask me Still this was slow going but I never didn't like it It sat shelved for four years since I read the first two volumes of this trilogy And I think I liked it mostWe're in Malaya Singapore The Brits are doing their Brit thing sucking the commodities out of a country Most of the characters are brushed broadly but not so Joan She is the daughter of a major rubber magnate and she is attuned to their capitalist ways than her feckless brother There are so many stories about fixed marriages Here when Joan's father gives a long winded speech about why she should marry a partner's son she replies 'But Father' exclaimed Joan laughing and jumping up from her chair to give her father a hug 'How old fashioned you are to deliver such a speech I took it for granted long ago that you'd want me to marry Matthew for the sake of the firm And the answer is yes of course I don't care what he's like You took such a long time to pop the uestion I was beginning to think you'd never ask'Joan stays true to character but sadly departs too soon and I'm not spoiling An amateur chef I have a few go to recipes that call for coconut milk Matthew here was about to drink from a coconut topped with a boiled egg when Vera stopped him How delicious But Vera diverted him Coconut milk was not good for men she explained'How d'you mean'Well the Malays said it had a weakening effect of them she murmured evasively and directed him instead to another stall insisting he should partake of a strange meaty spicy soup of which she would only tell him the Chinese name it was monkey soup a powerful aphrodisiac He would have ordered a third bowl but Vera thought he had probably had enough Farrell the author painted broadly in satirical tones Thus A great deal of thought must be given to your daughter's marriage Otherwise she will simply slink off like a cat on a dark night and get herself fertilized under a bush by God knows whom So mused Walter the rubber magnate and fatherThe same Walter waxed shallowly about 'natives' A worker with a genuine grievance you can do something about You can give him pay or sack him or improve his living conditions But what can you do with a worker who wants you to leave his country or just as bad wants to run the business himself This book pairs well with Tan Twan Eng's The Gift of Rain and The Garden of Evening Mists In fact reading those books first informed this one for me While we're tearing down statues Percival as a deeply loyal soldier was sufficiently nimble to dodge the notion that Churchill trying to tell him what was best at a distance of several thousand miles was nothing but a blockhead who had over already committed his full share of blunders with respect to the Malayan campaign Lastly there is a vignette which the author repeats twice and rightly so; a fable from long ago It's about King William who after some battle gets to a river and a boatman The boatman asks the king who won the battle And King William says 'What's it to you You'll still be a boatman'Such are lashes given

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The Singapore Grip mobi Ô Paperback ☆ j.g. farrell ☆ ❴Ebook❵ ➥ The Singapore Grip Author J.G. Farrell – 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 maAtch 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 The Singapore PDF and market manipulation but something is wrong No one suspects that th The Singapore Grip is the 3d volume of Farrell's Empire Trilogy Following the gradual destruction of Krishnapur during the 1st volume's depiction of the Sepoy Mutiny and the collapse of an Irish manor house in Troubles this 3d volume is about the 1941 Japanese invasion of Malaysia and the disintegration of Singapore and British society there The end of empire which seems to be Farrell's big theme The Singapore Grip is my favorite of the 3 novels I believe it to be the most stylized novel of the trilogy and the one with the most developed themes There's a richness and maturity in storytelling I'd not suspected from reading the first 2 volumes Obviously major poles of opposition are those of the British of the colony and the invading Japanese and the military campaign waged as the British are overwhelmed Another is the continuing dialogue between liberalismhumanitarianism on one hand and the world tradebig business of empire in Singapore best represented by the huge rubber conglomerates on the other Walter Blackett head of a rubber producing firm represents the latter a symbol of overreaching overarching empire concerned with salvaging commerce and trade In the end he's seen as a kind of Satan and the fires raging through Singapore under attack as a vision of hell The crumbling of empire is also represented by the Japanese heavy bombing of the city which erodes just as steadily as do the British units forced to retreat south to one position after another until they're backed up against the city and the sea The defeat isn't just physical material though It's also moral brought about by loss of energy and despair a thought carried into criticisms of the ineffectiveness of the League of Nations and its attempts to maintain peace when faced with unreasonable violence Farrell has a lot to say about ideas like that and about history race and empire and it's grim But he dilutes the grimness with the humor always embedded in his fiction He's good with the spirit of the times too The Singapore Grip seems to capture the cultural character very well the popular music the fascination with movies the attributes of 1940's speech and slang All of it adds to the rich tapestry the novel is I wonder where Farrell's fiction would've gone next He died young the year after The Singapore Grip was published Because historians note 2 events significant to the shrinkage of the empire following the war the loss of Iran and Suez in the 50s I wonder if he would've considered another volume making a tetralogy It would have needed to be a dandy novel to be better than The Singapore Grip

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E world of the British Empire of fixed boundaries between classes and nations is about to come to a terrible endA 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 Krishnapu The Siege of Krishnapur succeeds because Farrell let his colonial characters expose their own tragicomic ridiculousness with minimal intervention Here in the last novel of his Empire Trilogy he was much heavy handed resulting in several main characters that are outright caricatures Walter Blackett the head of the eponymous British trading firm that grew fat on the pre war Malayan rubber boom is the Evil Capitalist Imperialist Racist who bumbles through his public and private lives with all the tact and sensitivity of The Office’s Michael Scott At one point early in the novel Farrell made him do a Bond villain speech while giving an explanation to an appalled British army officer on how his firm managed to drive down the selling price of Burmese rice“ ’You see the Chettyar money lenders in Burma and to a lesser extent here in Malaya too acted on the peasants like saddle soap on leather They softened them up for us Of course some of the Chetties became rivals in the milling of crops but that couldn’t be helped Without them to get the peasants used to dealing in cash which of course in practice meant tricking them into debts they would have to pay up rather than in barter of produce the merchants would have been all in the poorhouse including Mr Webb One bad crop with forward contracts to fill’ ”Walter even has porcine bristles on his back which “had a tendency to rise when he was angry and sometimes even in moments of conjugal intimacy” The other main character Matthew Webb the son of Blackett’s partner who comes to Malaya to inherit his father’s interest in the firm is another caricature Fat bespectacled a naïve idealist fresh from a League of Nations job in Geneva he is the Pierre Bezukhov of the novel full of lofty ethical notions entirely at odds with Blackett and Webb’s business practices the book’s polemics on colonial economic policies are conducted largely through these two characters Yet unlike Tolstoy’s lovable redeemable dork he is little than an annoyingly passive windbag and his character’s naïve idealism is never tested in any meaningful way He is so inconseuential that Farrell’s attempt in embroiling him in a love triangle reminiscent of the one in War and Peace falls flat on its face The Prince Andrei character the American officer Ehrendorf seemed to be promising but is then summarily dispatched without much ado once his usefulness as romantic foil is used up The Helene Kuragin proxy Walter’s pretty daughter Joan is just as vacuously farcical and unbelievable as her father The weakness of the central characters makes long stretches of this 700 plus pages novel another Tolstoyan emulation uite dull indeed Which is a pity since Farrell had obviously done his homework and was perfectly capable of conjuring a plausible grittily exotic version of pre war Singapore replete with amusing well drawn colonial supporting characters“There too when you staggered outside into the sweltering night you would have been able to inhale that incomparable smell of incense of warm skin of meat cooking in coconut oil of money and frangipani and hair oil and lust and sandalwood and heaven knows what a perfume like the breath of life itself”