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Hodder, 2007 - Fiction - 736 pages
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This is the story of two lovers and two great dynasties—one British, the other Chinese—and of the society that separated them and the passion that bound them. Opulence, terror, and forbidden passion prevail in 1930s Singapore. The country is as rich as its climate is steamy, and its bright future seems all but assured. Against all the unwritten canons of Singapore life, a wealthy British man falls in love with the daughter of an aristocratic Chinese family. Their love grows despite opposition from both of their families—and the imminent outbreak of war.

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User Review  - mbmackay - LibraryThing

I expected this 1980s book to be a little dated - a tale of cross-racial sex and marriage in Singapore in the early and mid 20th century has the potential to anchored in the time of the telling. But ... Read full review

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User Review  - zmagic69 - LibraryThing

Writers don't seem to write books like this anymore, which is a very sad thing. This was a fantastic book with just enough history without the history detracting from the characters in the book. I ... Read full review


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Noel Barber has enchanted millions of readers with his six bestselling novels. In these powerfully exotic novels he drew upon his own experience as one of the leading foreign correspondents from the 40s to the 60s working on the Daily Mail. He was the first Briton to reach the South Pole since Scott, was stabbed five times while covering the wars in Morocco and was shot during the Hungarian uprising. He died in 1988.

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