It Never Rains on National Day PDF/EPUB ☆ It Never

It Never Rains on National Day PDF/EPUB ☆ It Never Shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prizefor English FictionA woman fleeing her previous existence meets a fellow Singaporean on an overnight train in Norway A foreign worker is decapitated in an HDB building site accident A Singaporean wife must negotiate Beijing as her British husband awaits a heart transplant And in different corners of the world, Singaporeans and exiles mark National Day in their own waysJeremy Tiang s debut collection weaves together the lives of its characters across the world from Switzerland, Norway, Germany, China, Canada, Thailand, New York City and back to Singapore These wry, unsettling stories ask how we decide where we belong, and what happens to those who don t


10 thoughts on “It Never Rains on National Day

  1. Natalie Natalie says:

    jeremy tiang attempts to write from a range of perspectives voices, but locating characters in various cities across the world bangkok, china, new york, germany etc does not make them different or diverse the stories came across as hollow, lacking intimacy or heart.the worst kind of characters feature in this book ones utterly unaware of their privilege in turn it came acro


  2. Forty Something Forty Something says:

    Crisp, clear and elegant writing, on the themes of escape, travel, interracial relationships, and most importantly, boundaries set by society and oneself Indeed, the author wanted to use the German word for fear of crossing boundaries as the title of his book Three cheers for the publisher who prevented this from happening, as it surely would have turned off many potential readers b


  3. Kirat Kaur Kirat Kaur says:

    Superb A riveting set of interconnected stories, mostly but not only about life in Singapore and beyond it, told with precision, genuineness and feeling Tiang has the short story form down pat he sucks you in with never before told plotlines, and keeps you there with style, substance and, perhaps the hardest to do well humour These stories were such fun, and so satisfying, to read The first


  4. Li Sian Li Sian says:

    Solid debut collection, with many of the short stories featuring the same characters The comment s been made a couple of times that it sounds like there s a novel in there somewhere struggling to get out while I do like the conceit in a short story collection, I definitely felt that part of the reason many people seized on It could be a novel is that many of the stories don t turn on their own discre


  5. Mantareads Mantareads says:

    I think this book is likable Initially, i was rather bored disappointed by the cookie cutter emo themes, of Civil Servants blabbing on about how they feel Alienated from Singapore Consider, an almost complete set Singaporean Girl who marries an Angmo and feels Alienated and Between Worlds Arts Girl who feels sad in Trondheim, and sleeps with an angmoh to Feel Alive Again Engineer Civil Servant who is a Govern


  6. George Lam George Lam says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here National Art Council has helped propel another singapore author into the global scene by withdrawing funding His first novel the state of emergency , make him globally known because NAC withdrew the funding due to the sensitive nature of the work Seriously Anyway thanks to them ,people are aware of the stories during the emergency and the


  7. Ummu Ummu says:

    Of all the short stories in this book, I like National Day a lot I was able to feel the emotions by these bangladeshi bhaiyya It was a bit weird at first, to be reading I built that but I realised it s true Sure, we do have the architects, URA officers at least majority of them doLook, look at them running away from their own birthday party, what kind of people are they, that would never happen back at ho Of all the short stor


  8. Lian Kim Selby Lian Kim Selby says:

    Having grown up in Singapore and been living overseas for the past 6 years as a student, I found many of the characters in Jeremy s book easily relatable, and I suspect many other overseas Singaporeans will feel the same I thoroughly enjoyed Jeremy s writing style, and fully appreciated many of the hints of Singaporean ness that so eloquently captured a lot of the country s flavour The only downside is that I found myself cravingwhat h


  9. mm mm says:

    Another excellent publication by Epigram.These short stories woven by some repeated characters paint a real picture of Singapore and the transglobal Singaporean.My particular favourite was the one of the foreign workers and their perception of Singapore and Singaporeans Everyone should read it It will make us view the people who help build and maintain our country differently.


  10. jm jm says:

    Got through the first three The writing is solid at best, and nothing that the world still needed to hear is conveyed in them If that gets nominated for a literature award in Singapore, it is not a good sign for the state of the art there.


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