We Rose Up Slowly Kindle â We Rose Epub /

We Rose Up Slowly Kindle â We Rose  Epub / I enjoyed it very much for its expressive style so rhythmic and its intimate depiction of various kinds of detachments The stories are very affecting The great stories here are the dream like title story, A Long Bicycle Ride Into the Sea, Finger and Death of a Clown It s a book to sink into one is in the hands or shall we say fingers of an excellent storyteller. Curiosity level Moving, surreal sketches of everyday Singaporean lives and loves.Local literature can be a very, very tricky thing to capture and stuff into a bottle It s not for the faint hearted The local writer is someone who sees through the unfiltered lenses of a society who loves, immerses and yet distances him herself from it all at the same time It s not just about Singlish It s about the food, culture, the people, the real conversations, the black and white as well as the rainbo Curiosity level Moving, surreal sketches of everyday Singaporean lives and loves.Local literature can be a very, very tricky thing to capture and stuff into a bottle It s not for the faint hearted The local writer is someone who sees through the unfiltered lenses of a society who loves, immerses and yet distances him herself from it all at the same time It s not just about Singlish It s about the food, culture, the people, the real conversations, the black and white as well as the rainbows So I was skeptical at first, seeing that the author was born in England and with such a cool Angmo name so similar to international author John Grisham I wondered if his stories were the perspectives of someone living on the fringes of Singapore I was about to be proven dead wrong In ten short stories, Jon Gresham brilliantly and tenderly leads us down a gallery that displays sketches both geographically and emotionally Singaporean each containing a distinctive local flavour of a different facet in life, as if you re looking at the Merlion from different angles Surrealism and macabre somewhat reminiscent of Angela Carter colour the stories The Finger , Walking Backwards Up Bukit Timah Hill and A Girl and a Guy in a Kijang Kemang.I think his surreal imagination meets Singapore s gravity most strikingly in We Rose Up Slowly , where he writes about two people in love so close yet quite never touching, defying the ever pulling gravity of life and living as well as each other Liquorice ice cream and onion scented kisses.In Rashid at the Sail, I m fondly reminded of Alfian Sa at s tale of Two Brothers who grow up estranged and wary of each other It hits close to home, tackling sensitive topics like Practical Living , Sibling Jealousy and Love A Fleeting Tenderness At the End of the Night tells of an OCD taxi driver, a wild dreamer, a rich man, and a space princess all minding their own businesses until one fateful night.My favourite was Death of A Clown , a heartbreaking narrative by the Clown s bastard son The irony is not lost he serves humour to strangers laugh but starves his own loved ones Banal fantasies of love gone wrong or strained parent child relationships that don t add up to very much beyond pat endings and some vague sense of unease or wonder The capable interior monologues are undone by bizarre descriptives She became tangled up inside my head like a thousand strands of vermicelli and strange similes Ling has a feeling inside as strange and beautiful as a rambutan that try too hard to be local, or unnecessarily obvious exposition like Julia and her husband, Pet Banal fantasies of love gone wrong or strained parent child relationships that don t add up to very much beyond pat endings and some vague sense of unease or wonder The capable interior monologues are undone by bizarre descriptives She became tangled up inside my head like a thousand strands of vermicelli and strange similes Ling has a feeling inside as strange and beautiful as a rambutan that try too hard to be local, or unnecessarily obvious exposition like Julia and her husband, Peter, were Australian expatriates living in Singapore My favourite stories were the titular one and the eerie The Finger Insightful, luxurious narrative, at times delightfully whimsicalThe layers of the stories peel away to reveal humor, imagination,characters that take you in and away story telling at its best Bizarre stories, and an enjoyable read The book gave me a glimpse of Singaporean life as well I wasn t sure if there was too much Dettol, though Once you get used to the style, it s a pretty engaging collection Gresham s style promises tension and tenderness, wrapped withoften than not abstract dialogue At first, I thought the exchanges between the characters were too abstract, but what is fiction if not for these versatile and creative styles I bought this from Books Actually in Singapore, and this indie collection does not disappoint in being a distinct artistic vessel for Singaporean literature. Gresham reveals the slow crumble of romantic lives, in turns subtle or dark, bitter or bittersweet An excellent debut Review 1 22 08 17. We Rose Up Slowly is the debut collection of short stories by Jon GreshamWhat the critics say In this first collection, Gresham, conscious and cosmopolitan mongrel writer of the world, seems to have broken key ground and taken the Singapore short story into a newer, freer, adaptably post national, and highly readable space Richard Angus Whitehead, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Asiatic, Vol , No , JuneGresham s surrealistic stories, at their best, shake us from within, and deepen the notion that we are islands of consciousness in this way, they compel us to confront our own intellectual detachments and emotional blindspots in order for us to engage better with the world They are also fundamentally stories about our modern world, its cross cultural realities, and the fractured lives we lead in them We Rose Up Slowly is an absorbing and disturbing read definitely worth spending an afternoon with Sam Ng in Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, JulyRead about the book on the We Rose Up Slowly Facebook Page or on the author s website Disclaimer I m a friend of the author I really didn t enjoy this book and had to force myself to keep reading it out of loyalty to my friend Jon Alas I left it half unread in a BnB in Shark Bay, WA where perhaps it will get the readers it deserves I can see it now, happily sitting amongst a collection of truly awful Dan Brown novels and a terrifyingly complete collection of Readers Digest condensed books, awaiting someone with time to kill.I tried to like it, I really did The various storie Disclaimer I m a friend of the author I really didn t enjoy this book and had to force myself to keep reading it out of loyalty to my friend Jon Alas I left it half unread in a BnB in Shark Bay, WA where perhaps it will get the readers it deserves I can see it now, happily sitting amongst a collection of truly awful Dan Brown novels and a terrifyingly complete collection of Readers Digest condensed books, awaiting someone with time to kill.I tried to like it, I really did The various stories are, on the surface anyway, interesting But they just don t work, either as speculative fiction, allegory, or mystery They evoke no sense of drama, no feeling of surprise, and reveal nothing at all about the human condition.Sorry Jon, don t hate me But I ve given this review an extra star because you are my friend Please keep at it though I m sure there s a great novel in you, just be sure to have characters a reader can plausibly care about 3.5 5 captivating and enjoyable read

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