Raffles Reviews

Raffles Reads: Around the World in 68 Days

Reading Time: 4 minutes

By Mei Feifei (22A13A)

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: 3.5/5

Koh Buck Song’s Around the World in 68 Days is a travelogue featuring 13 countries he visited in the span of 68 days in 2018, the golden days pre-Covid-19. Around the World promises “insights into 13 countries’ ancient and modern cultures, national identities and brands, and their place in the world today”.

The 13 stations of Koh’s voyage.

 Around the World is easily intriguing for anyone who stumbles across it in a bookstore: what better way to cure wanderlust than to read about another person’s travels, especially with an itinerary as extensive and unconventional as Koh’s? As an experienced national brand advisor, Koh’s book also offers more than a mere collection of #travelholic moments. 

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Dreaming with Sumi Jo: A Night at the Opera

Reading Time: 5 minutes

By Lara Tan (22A01B) and Noh Sangeun (23S06Q)

What does a night at the opera bring to mind? 

Hundreds of people sitting stone-faced in a cavernous concert hall, silently immersing themselves in the music of ages long past? A stuffy, esoteric pursuit of cultural enlightenment for only the initiated? An overall solemn, purely intellectual affair with little room for fun? 

As it turns out, that isn’t all there is to it. 

We went down to the Esplanade last month, looking to spend a night at the opera with this lovely lady.

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Raffles Reads: Mistbound: How to Glue Back Grandpa

Reading Time: 4 minutes

By Lim Yong Le (22S03M) and Mirella Ang (22A01C)

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: 3.5/5

When you think of fairytale adventures, what do you imagine? Pixies, gnomes, dragons, unicorns—basically any creature from Western mythology—usually come to mind, thanks to the popularity of works from the likes of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. 

Casting these aside, Mist-Bound: How to Glue Back Grandpa daringly taps into a repository of lesser-known, yet equally interesting mythical creatures hailing from legends originating in South-East Asia.

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Raffles Reads: A Consequence of Sequence

Reading Time: 2 minutes

By Chung Thong En (22S06N)

Raffles Reads is a collaboration between Raffles Press and Times Reads which aims to promote a reading culture among Singaporean students.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Unfortunate real-life circumstances made Idayu Maarof, Malaysian author and general practitioner, write a second book after her first award-winning work. 

Maarof is a Malaysian General Practitioner (GP) who had previously published another work, The Doctor Is Sick, which won an Anugerah Buku Negara (National Book Award, Malaysia) in 2017. In A Consequence of Sequence, she is put through the wringer again when she starts having seizures again after the surgery that was supposed to solve them—and this time, no one can figure out the cause. Faced with a quickly worsening and possibly fatal illness, all she can do is try for surgery again and pray that things will get better.

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Should we talk about Bruno? Breaking our silence about Encanto

Reading Time: 6 minutes

By Johnathan Lim (23S03M) and Lara Tan (22A01B)

The Spanish word encanto, translated in English, means charm or enchantment. However, you probably don’t take H1 or H2 Spanish, so you most likely didn’t pick up the word from there. 

Chances are you’ve heard about it from Disney’s latest release, Encanto. 

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