My Mother-In-Law's Son

My Mother In Law s Son My Mother In Law s Son centers round a Peranakan woman Swee Gek who is in an abusive marriage but is constrained by the limitations of women in her time to take positive action Her marriage is furth

  • Title: My Mother-In-Law's Son
  • Author: Josephine Chia
  • ISBN: 9789810779986
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • My Mother In Law s Son centers round a Peranakan woman, Swee Gek, who is in an abusive marriage but is constrained by the limitations of women in her time to take positive action.Her marriage is further strained by Choy Yan, the eponymous Mother In Law of the title whose values are archaic and patriarchal Taking place in a 1949 1950 Singapore that is just recovering fromMy Mother In Law s Son centers round a Peranakan woman, Swee Gek, who is in an abusive marriage but is constrained by the limitations of women in her time to take positive action.Her marriage is further strained by Choy Yan, the eponymous Mother In Law of the title whose values are archaic and patriarchal Taking place in a 1949 1950 Singapore that is just recovering from the onslaught of the Japanese War, Swee Gek s Chinese husband, Wong Kum Chong, is inadvertently drawn into participating in Communist activity against the Colonial Government by a communist agitator, Teng Xin Nan.Narrated from the perspectives of different characters, My Mother In Law s Son is a revealing story of a Singapore and her people struggling to find their feet in the aftermath of a war It also shows how people going through difficult circumstances can be susceptible to revolutionary ideas Through Swee Gek s personal fight against her oppressors, this novel also explores the meaning of love of whether love can be unconditional or that it is always accompanied by possessiveness.

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    1. As a Singaporean, I am not very familiar with many local written novels. I was attracted to the first few pages and decided to buy this book.Reading on, I was drawn into the depictions of how Singapore was like in the 1950s. As a 1990s kid, there are manyrefreshingly new scene to meWhat I really love even more is the expressions made by Josephine Chia. The powerful local language she adds inside this book makes the story and climax exceptionally powerful.She does not hesitate to use really crude [...]

    2. When I finally found time to sit down and read the book, I was pleasantly surprised that it also touched on the politicization of education during the period. A lot of the scenes and ideas are familiar to me. Locals will find that there is too much mundane information, but someone who is not familiar with Singapore will appreciate it.

    3. Being Asian myself, the rich cultural background of the story does not make up for the rather shallow plot. The original themes are interesting, however when the details in the story are woven together they run along the similar themes and at times even superficial. But for non Asian readers it is a simple introduction of the culture and history of that time.

    4. A wonderful tale of a Peranakan woman's journey of self-discovery while balancing the role of being a mother, wife, daughter, and daughter in law. I was transported to Singapore in the 1940s through the beautiful writing.

    5. This novel explores the meaning of love : whether love can be unconditional or always accompanied by possessiveness

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