Category: Raffles Reviews

Raffles Reads: Red Sea Spies

By Shaun Loh (21A01A)

Rating: ★★★★☆

At first glance, Red Sea Spies by Raffi Berg sounds like yet another Bond wannabe plotline. A remote Sudanese coast in the ‘80s. A new luxury holiday resort catered to divers. Undercover spies disguising as hotel staff, but actually working for the Mossad—the Israeli secret service. 

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Shades of Green: Miyazaki’s Take on Environmentalism

By Elizabeth Paulyn Gostelow (21A01B) and Rachel Ho (21A01B)

Studio Ghibli classics have long prevailed over the ebb and flow of film trends, and their recent debut on streaming platforms has only cemented their place as perennial masterpieces. The animation studio has teamed up with streaming giants such as Netflix, Hulu and HBO Max to immerse audiences around the globe in the fantastical world of Ghibli. While Ghibli films offer a perfect respite from dreary quarantine life, their true charm lies in their percipience of the human condition, and can invoke much reflection among viewers. 

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HBL Review: A Snooze to Remember

By Thet Hninn Zin (21A13A)

“Time is moving too fast.” 
“I don’t want to go back to school on Monday.”

It feels like all our calls have been answered—a seemingly unlimited expanse of time during these weeks of circuit breaker and the May holidays. Yet, you now see people posting on their Instagram stories with captions such as “I’m so bored” and “I don’t have anything to do at home”, itching for something new to do after far too long in the confinements of their own home. In such times of dire crises, we often overlook the best thing to do when we have an excess of free, unmoderated time: sleep.

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Raffles Reads: The Heartsick Diaspora

By Huang Beihua (20A03A) and Mah Xiao Yu (20A01B)

A piece of toast held between two chopsticks. It is perhaps an awkward image, but certainly an appropriate cover for The Heartsick Diaspora: this is a book with an appreciation for subtle humour—and certainly much involvement of food. More significantly, however, is the cover’s underlining of the friction, and loneliness, at the core of the book, both of people struggling to come to terms with cultures so foreign to them, yet ones they are bound to pick up.

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