Slow Boat to China and Other Stories (Read) by Ng Kim Chew

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Slow Boat to China and Other Stories

Ng Kim Chew ✓ 0 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Ng Kim Chew CHARACTERS Slow Boat to China and Other Stories 100 Cultures that roughly coexist on the Malay Peninsula and its surrounding archipelago Their interplay is heightened by the encroaching forces of globalization which bring new opportunities for cultural experimentation but also an added dimension of alienation In prose that is intimate and atmospheric these sensitively crafted resonant stories depict the struggles of indivi. Some of the stories in this collection ought to be rated five stars others merely one or two So let s settle for a three though I am uite fascinated by the style of the writing and enjoy that the stories are in fact probably best read in relation to one another rather than in isolation I particularly liked Fish Bones Allah s Will Dream and Swine and Aurora and Inscribed Backs Slow Boat to China was also pretty captivating Some of the lesser stories feel relentlessly convoluted and when the whole collection turns upon itself like an ouroboros blurring the boundaries between narratives and echoing narratives you would think some of the stories could afford to be a little bit less labyrinthine The same kind of experimental complexity over and over eventually becomes predictable Nevertheless I am reasonably fond and taken by Ng s writing and am interested to read of his writing

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Ng Kim Chew ✓ 0 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Ng Kim Chew CHARACTERS Slow Boat to China and Other Stories 100 Dream and Swine and Aurora Deep in the Rubber Forest Fish Bones Allah's Will Monkey Butts Fire and Dangerous Things Ng Kim Chew's stories are raw rural and rich with the traditions of his native Malaysia They are also full of humor and spirit demonstrating a deep appreciation for human ingenuity in the face of poverty oppression and exile Ng creatively captures the riot of. This collection of short stories did take me a little while to get into because as could be expected from a professor cum author they re pretty dense and often uite meta so not ideal for sleepy brained bedtime reading Once I got dug in however they were really interesting and about a sector of the world ethnically Chinese Malaysians I ve never read about before The translator s introduction was also really helpful in linking together patterns etc through the stories Thanks to Netgalley for the chance to read this

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Ng Kim Chew ✓ 0 CHARACTERS READ & DOWNLOAD ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Ng Kim Chew CHARACTERS Slow Boat to China and Other Stories 100 Duals torn between their ancestral and adoptive homes communities pressured by violence and minority Malaysian Chinese in dynamic tension with the Islamic Malay majority Told through relatable characters Ng's tales show why he has become a leading Malaysian writer of Chinese fiction representing in mood voice and rhythm the dislocation of a people and a country in transiti. I m afraid I can never truly understand this collection due to a complete lack of context and experience with what Ng is discussing This is a collection of interrogatories about identification misidentification language religion culture etc written in an absolutely fascinating provocative and allegorical prose style that I feel I only skimmed the surface of These stories are rich inventive hallucinatory and difficult to take apart Themes recur at an almost irritating pace almost every story is completely allegorical and there is almost a complete lack of female presence however the mystification of this work in itself has opened the door to an entirely new method of fiction writing that I ve never read before I would like to re visit these stories some time in the futureThanks to NetGalley for the advance copy