Sparkling Books Ltd., ISBN 978-1907230110
Rating: 2 ~ I Don’t Like It
The setting is in the 1950s. After being caught having an affair with the boss’ daughter, George is transferred to Malaya as a punishment. Wife Dorothy does not want to leave him because of social ego reasons and makes herself miserable in Malaya. Daughter Susan suffers as she watches her family disintegrates and starts to harm herself. Since during the 1950s, there was a Communist insurgency in Malaya and an Emergency was declared, the family not only have to protect themselves from each other but also from the Communists and Communists sympathizers.
When I heard that the setting for The Eloquence of Desire is Malaya, I just knew that I had to review it. For those of you who do not know, Malaysia was formerly known as Malaya. I enjoyed the descriptions of Malaya. There were good and rich. As I read, I could vividly picture in my mind the market and plantation roads. I vaguely remembered reading that clandestine extramarital affairs weren’t unusual in the early and mid-1990s but the vileness of it captured in the book was abhor-able. I detested all the main characters. George with his selfishness and justifications for his affairs. Dorothy with her brooding misery. Susan with her unreasonable demands and childishness. After reading The Eloquence of Desire, I realized that the story is not about George nor Dorothy. The story is about Susan, a victim of her family’s disintegration. As for the book title and cover … they didn’t really make sense to me. I couldn’t see how the title is relevant to the book nor how the picture (which looks very much like that of an Oriental lady though I might be wrong) on the book cover is relevant to the book. When I saw the picture, all I thought was that the beads were strangleholds.
Amanda Sington-Williams grew up in England, but has widely-traveled and spent time in many countries including Japan, Australia and Spain. She has a degree in Creative Writing/Authorship and does freelance writing while teaching novel writing. The Eloquence of Desire is her first novel and it was published in June 2010. It won her an award from the Royal Literary Fund. She has since completed her second novel, A Little Rain Will Fall. Besides writing novels, she also writes a variety of poetry and short stories. Check out her website at www.amandasingtonwilliams.co.uk.
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