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~EPUB ♫ Rice Bowl ☯ Young, passionate and idealistic, Sister Marie rejects the conformity of her first love, Paul Tan, the police inspector She embraces the liberalism of her second love, Hans Kuhn, the American missionary, and leads a group of students to question the values of a nation gripped by fear of the government and loss of their rice bowl They organise a protest march against the Vietnam War, which leads to a riot, detention and deportation of the workers she tries to help Ser Mei, her student and the daughter of a prostitute, meets a tragic death Annoying book Had to give up half way Returning it back to the library. Mixed feelings about this I can understand where some of the characters are coming from, but the tiresomely large and philosophical words used was well tiresome But those words and phrasing were quite necessary to reflect the going ons of that time period, and the stark differences between the English educated and Chinese educated, as well as the blue collars and white collars. I don t know why it s taken me so long to get round to reading this book. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Apt description of the ideologies separating the country at that time capitalism and communism The way which the author used the protagonist, Marie, to show different groups of people vying for her affection and attention helps to bring out this conflict from several points of view her students, Hans, her ex boyfriend Paul, Mak the communist , the nuns and her parents Other interesting sub plots as well, including the death of Ser Mei and Yuen s family conflict. Certainly a Singaporean book with a difference There s none of the waxing lyrical over oriental charm and effusing over tropical sunsets This is about a young Singapore and it s vision to charge into economic development and create a successful people., but in the story is a young lady who challenges her students to stop and think about the definition of success and at what price Are they creating great wealth through blind obedience and selling their souls Some parts made seem contrived, Certainly a Singaporean book with a difference There s none of the waxing lyrical over oriental charm and effusing over tropical sunsets This is about a young Singapore and it s vision to charge into economic development and create a successful people., but in the story is a young lady who challenges her students to stop and think about the definition of success and at what price Are they creating great wealth through blind obedience and selling their souls Some parts made seem contrived, but the message is that of challenging those in power who are making decisions for the masses The outcome is not as expected, there are doubts, the are factions within the group and different motives, but it seems all therealistic and probably q reflective of the questions this city state faces today