Category: Book Reviews

Raffles Reads: The Authenticity Project

By Max Chwa (21A01B) and Samyak Jain (21S03A)

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

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

What would happen if we were all honest about our true selves?

That’s the question The Authenticity Project seeks to answer. In this novel, Julian Jessop, a once prolific artist, leaves the eponymous notebook in his local cafe. He has penned his deepest secrets in the notebook, leaving instructions for the next person who finds it to write down their deepest secrets as well. The notebook changes hands multiple times, with each owner baring their souls through writing. 

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Raffles Reads: The Good Day I Died

By Tan Yu You (21S03H)

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

Rating: ★★★★★

The answer to life, the universe and everything may be 42 (a reference to Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)—but is there an answer to death?

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Raffles Reads: Providence

By Neo Xin Yuan (21A01D)

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

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Providence is wiser than you, and you may be confident it has suited all things better to your eternal good than you could do had you been left to your own option.

So begins Max Barry’s latest sci-fi novel Providence. The above quote, taken from John Flavel’s The Mystery of Providence, is truly an apt epigraph, effectively encapsulating the overarching theme of the similarly named Providence.

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Raffles Reads: Red Sea Spies

By Shaun Loh (21A01A)

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

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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