Category: Book Reviews

Thoughts on Jeremy Tiang’s “State of Emergency”

By Abigail Ang (18S06B)

When can history be truly left in the past? For some, never.

State of Emergency explores the effects of the leftists movements and government detentions in Malaya on the lives of various characters from the 1950s to the present day, who are often forced to reckon with difficult choices and moral dilemmas.

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Raffles Reviews – National Knick Knacks

by Calista Chong (18A01A), Grace Lau (18S03I), Sheryl Gwee (18A01D)
with guest contributions by Harshini Rayasam (18S06B), Sun Shuwei (18A01E) from Writer’s Guild

This year, Raffles Reviews is honoured to receive books and support from the Literature-loving folks over at Singapore’s beloved local bookstore, BooksActually!

We thought we couldn’t be happier receiving books from our favourite independent bookstore until the folks from Writer’s Guild – RI’s very own club for all things Lit –agreed to contribute to these monthly reviews.

In this joint effort to promote Singaporean Literature, we have reviewed three local books from BooksActually, and our Guild collaborators have recommended a SingLit Pick of the Month for our beloved readers.

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Raffles Reviews – A New Collaboration with BooksActually

by Noor Adilah (17S06B), Marilyn Kang (17A01B), Abdul Qayyum (17A01B), Liu Enqi (18S03C), Angus Yip (18A01A), Asfar Alim (18S03J), Soh Gek Shuen (18S03B)

This year, Raffles Reviews is honoured to receive books and support from the folks over at Singapore’s beloved local bookstore, BooksActually!

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#sglitftw: Support Your Local Authors

By Joan Ang (17A01B) and Ernest Lee (17A01A)

It is a common practice in any vaguely literature-related classroom to, during introductions, go around the room and say a few things: firstly, your name, and secondly, your favourite book. There’s usually a bit of uncomfortable shuffling, and people nudging the person on their left to say something to break the silence. A few big names are then thrown out—J.K. Rowling, Haruki Murakami. At least two people say “I don’t have a favourite book,” followed immediately by nervous laughter.

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