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Singapore, 1939: Life on the eve of World War II just isn't what it used to be for Walter Blackett, head of British Singapore's oldest and most powerful firm. No matter how forcefully the police break one strike, the natives go on strike somewhere else. His daughter keeps entangling herself with the most unsuitable beaus, while her intended match, the son of Blackett's partner, is an idealistic sympathizer with the League of Nations and a vegetarian. Business may be booming - what with the war in Europe, the Allies are desperate for rubber and helpless to resist Blackett's price-fixing and market manipulation - but something is wrong. No one suspects that the world of the British Empire, of fixed boundaries between classes and nations, is about to come to a terrible end.

A love story and a war story, a tragicomic tale of a city under siege and a dying way of life, The Singapore Grip completes the Empire Trilogy that began with Troubles and the Booker prize-winning Siege of Krishnapur.

©2010 J.G. Farrell (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Fabulous satire, kept me spellbound

Wonderfully entertaining listening. Satire at its best, with a good dose of history easily digested, and insights into the horrors of war. Excellent reader.

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Satiric story of colonization

This is definitely the colonizers' story as with one or two exceptions, the main characters are all British people living high on the hog in Singapore before and during the Japanese invasion of WWII. Very few of the characters are remotely likeable but many of them are completely ludicrous.

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Great Narrator; Mediocre story

I know that "character is plot" etc,, but SOMETHING has to happen in a story besides characters talking to each other. This may be of interest to someone who's interested in the history of Singapore but that's not me. However, Mike Grady does a great job as usua,l so if you're looking for something pleasant to fall asleep to -- something that doesn't require much attention, this might be for you -- Just my opinion.

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Long, slow and fascinating!

A time that is not yet a century away yet feels as if it were eons ago. A thoroughly engrossing historical novel.