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Breaking the Tongue (2004) [Novel]
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This brilliant novel chronicles the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in World War II. Central to the story is one Chinese family: Claude, raised to be more British than the British and ashamed of his own heritage; his father, Humphrey, whose Anglophilia blinds him to possible defeat and his wife's dalliances; and the redoubtable Grandma Siok, whose sage advice falls on deaf ears.

Expatriates, spies, fifth columnists, and nationalists—including the elusive young woman Ling-Li—mingle in this exotic culture as the Japanese threat looms. Beset by the horror of war and betrayal and, finally, torture, Claude must embrace his true heritage. In the extraordinary final paragraphs of the novel, the language itself breaks into Chinese. With penetrating observation, Vyvyane Loh unfolds the coming-of-age story of a young man and a nation, a story that deals with myth, race, and class, with the ways language shapes perceptions, and with the intrigue and suffering of war.

Original title: Breaking the Tongue
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionHistoricalAsia
FictionGeneral FictionEthnic And Multicultural
FictionGeneral FictionYouth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)

Edition #1: Breaking the Tongue

Breaking the Tongue (2004)
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Language: English

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Manifested in:

Breaking the Tongue (March 17, 2005)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393326543
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.4 x 0.9
Pages: 416

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