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Southeast Asia Book Review - Joss and Gold

Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s Joss and Gold is a superb fiction novel. It is the story of a Chinese-Malaysian young woman who searches for her identity during the same period the new country of Malaysia is doing the same.

Joss and Gold tells us of the early, stormy days when Malaysia is no longer a British colony. Who is a true Malay citizen? Can a Chinese person whose family has lived in the Southeast Asia country for generations be Malay?

Joss and Gold’s Southeast Asia's locales are Malaysia and Singapore. There are rich descriptions of each country. The reader travels from one town to another with the characters.

The towns’ sights and smells are given life through Shirley Geok-lin Lim’s words. You see and smell the sticky orange drink puddle and its fly as well as the stall’s proprietor.

Don’t let the story’s synopsis deter you from reading the novel. Shirley Geok-lin Lim did not rewrite the play ‘Miss Saigon’ or ‘Madame Butterfly.’ The heroine, Li An, is a survivor. And, she survives on her own terms.

This is great novel for a visit to Malaysia and Singapore while reading a superb story. You learn the layout of both countries as well as their history. I highly recommend Joss and Gold to the Southeast Asia Travel reader. It is entertaining and educational at the same time.

Story 4 of 4 Durians

Visit to Southeast Asia 4 of 4 Durians

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After reading the book, post in the forum how you feel about Li An's final decision concerning Suyin, Henry and Chester.

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