“Fistful of Colours” by Suchen Christine Lim – A Book Review

This story won Suchen Christine Lim the Singapore Literature Prize in 1992. It was set in Singapore with story told of early Chinese immigrants setting foot in Singapore during the times after Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore. The history of these immigrants including those from other neighbouring countries and about Singapore during the British rule was brought to life by Suchen’s narration. I read about three generations moving from that early period to the Japanese Occupation and then later into modern Singapore. It is always interesting to read of lives in early Singapore and it reminded me of my father having gone through that kind of life coming to Singapore to earn a living and settled here. It is a kind of history told by the author and it is better than reading a history textbook.

“Fistful of colours” deserves a good read and the author was great in telling the stories of different characters in the book. It is colourful and it lives up to the title of the fiction.IMG_2477


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