Timothy Mo’s classic account of feuding Chinese families in sixties London quickly became a best-seller when it was first published and has since won its place among the novels of the time. Filmed by Mike Newell with a screenplay by Ian McEwan, it now appears for the first time on the Paddleless list.
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The society of Singapore Writers brings out for the first time a collection of short stories. The contributors hail from a varied background , and differ in age, experience and style of writing.
Shakespeare’s valedictory play is also one of his most poetical and magical. The story involves the spirit Ariel, the savage Caliban, and Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan, now a wizard living on a remote island who uses his magic to shipwreck a party of ex-compatriots.
“The Story of the Stone” (c. 1760) is one of the greatest novels of Chinese literature. The first part of the story, The Golden Days, begins the tale of Bao-yu, a gentle young boy who prefers girls to Confucian studies, and his two cousins: Bao-chai, his parents’ choice of a wife for him, and the ethereal beauty Dai-yu. Through the changing fortunes of the Jia family, this rich, magical work sets worldly events – love affairs, sibling rivalries, political intrigues, even murder – within the context of the Buddhist understanding that earthly existence is an illusion and karma determines the shape of our lives.