The Singapore Grip

The Singapore Grip

Book - 1979
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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. The Singapore Grip completes the classic historical "Empire Trilogy," which also includes Troubles and the Booker Prize-winning The Siege of Krishnapur.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1979, c1978
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780394504834
Branch Call Number: FAR
Characteristics: 431, [2] p. ;,25 cm


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Aug 01, 2012

This book, set in the 1940s, tells of the Japanese capture of Singapore. It is about economic imperialism, told from a leftist perspective.

Sep 12, 2011

you will laugh. you will cry. read slowly and enjoy every single word

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