Singapore - a trading post where different lives jostle and mix. It is 1927, and three young people are starting to question whether this inbetween island can ever truly be their home. Mei Lan comes from a famous Chinese dynasty but yearns to free herself from its stifling traditions; ten-year-old Howard seethes at the indignities heaped on his fellow Eurasians by the colonial British; Raj, fresh off the boat from India, wants only to work hard and become a successful businessman. As the years pass, and the Second World War sweeps through the east, with the Japanese occupying Singapore, the three are thrown together in unexpected ways, and tested to breaking point.
Richly evocative, A Different Sky paints a scintillating panorama of thirty tumultuous years in Singapore's history through the passions and struggles of characters the reader will find it hard to forget.
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Howard's widowed mother Rose – born in Malacca of a "confusing line of swarthy intermarriage" stemming from Portuguese, Dutch, British and Irish men and Malay, Indian, Chinese and Ceylonese women – runs a boarding house for Englishmen on tours of duty, and combines Anglophilia with a love of loca...Oct 02 2010 | Read Full Review of A Different Sky
Each of the three central characters is put under Chand's microscope throughout the time period of the book and it seems as if every little detail gets a mention.Jun 13 2011 | Read Full Review of A Different Sky
This great sprawl of a novel is set in Singapore from 1927 to 1956.| Read Full Review of A Different Sky
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