Readings from Readings 2

Readings from Readings 2[Epub] ➝ Readings from Readings 2 Author Bernice Chauly – The victim of a snatch theft adopts a rock which she carries everywhere for protection; a world famous author plots the perfect suicide in an anonymous hotel room and a young neurosurgeon finds himsel The victim of a snatch theft adopts a rock which she carries everywhere for protection; a world famous author plots the perfect suicide in an anonymous hotel room and a young neurosurgeon finds himself on the other side of the medical euation after a tragic accident From the village headman who travels to weddings on his tractor to an androgynous rock singer with a U tribute band and Readings from ePUB ô a beautiful ghost haunting abandoned warehouses with her lover the book is packed with fascinating characters and intriguing situations This second collection of stories poems and essays under the Readings from Readings banner is as diverse as the writers who've penned the pieces What unites them is their connection with Kuala Lumpur's longest running literary event ReadingsSeksan which provides a regular platform for new work. I love the fact that there's been a Readings from Readings 2 keeping up with the momentum is good I took Creative Writing from Sharon Bakar at one point in life and have been in love with reading and writing every since I can't say I do it diligently but when I do it I am liberated It's therapeutic and I recommend it for everyone Similar to the book so many different people with so many different stories to tell Many broke my heart then mended it then gave it hopeSomeday I hope to have something good enough to contribute to this compilation of gems Brilliant and a job well done The first volume comprised of poems and stories in both English and Malay This time Readings from Readings comes back almost exclusively in English It feels as though the second volume is targeted at readers beyond Malaysia and Singapore I'm biased but to me it's a good moveThe book is well edited with minimal typos and the presentation is absolutely lovely The stories and poems are so much stronger in this volume Some of the stories are heavy handed and didactic and some are so open ended they feel like a chapter from a much larger story instead of self contained ones I don't know; maybe this is a Malaysian thingThe piece that stands out the most is a poem by Rodaan Al Galidi Eight Hundred and Sixty It is poignant It resonates It is brilliantI also love Angeline Woon's Big Bertha and the Stone of Justice The story which is thankfully self contained feels inherently Malaysian without alienating readers from elsewhere It is also relevant but most important it is well written The editors chose this story to open the book and they chose perfectlyIf you want a glimpse of Malaysia and Singapore and beyond this book is a must read Every piece in this book was stellar whether it dealt with suicidal ideation or a cat's opinion of who should ask forgiveness of whom Every piece took me into the everyday life in a world that's unknown and exotic to me but also into the hearts of people just like the people in my town people like me I would like to recommend this book to everyone if only for the way it shows the common humanity of the world but the book gives than that The stories and poems are all love songs to the human condition beautifully told beautifully realizedPoetry fiction and non fiction this book is thoroughly satisfying Well worth the money Readings from Readings 2 New writing from Malaysia Singapore and beyond is a wonderful collection of work comprising short pieces of fiction non fiction and poetry The flavour is undoubtedly Malaysian ok and Singaporean with sprinklings of other voices in between I found that I preferred the local or at least Asian pieces than the odd sprinkling of “Western” names that found their way into the book For one Marc de Faoite’s pieces on Night Fishing in Langkawi and The Milking Pen were rather bland non moving pieces that might have worked well with a introspective or literary type collection of stories Also whilst I liked Crimson Starlet it felt rather out of place in the anthology having nothing at all to do with Malaysia or even anything remotely Asian Angeline Woon’s Big Bertha and the Stones of Justice and Shahminee Selvakannu’s Lighting the Darkness highlight starkly the realities of life and the apathy of the powers that be in Malaysia Fadzlishah Johanabas’ Picking up the Pieces gripped me right from the start with the power of love and longing in his words Damyanti Ghosh’s An Orchestrated Ending was beautiful prose with an unexpected ending whilst Alfian Sa’at’s The Cat Who Asked For Forgiveness made me chuckleThe non fiction pieces have power of their own Preeta Samarasan talks about the prejudice she faces as the dark skinned mother of a blue eyed child in Blue whilst Saras Manickam pours out his heart about taking care of a disabled child in Will You Let Him Drink The WindThe poetry pieces didn’t uite work for me except for Sharon Bakar’s Abuses at the end It’s a strange thing because I do write poetry sometimes Maybe it’s to do with the style of these pieces or maybe they were meant to be read aloud rather than in your head Overall Readings from Readings 2 was an enjoyable read I would have finished it in one sitting except that I had several work deadlines to rush so I broke it up into a few manageable pieces instead Which is what anthologies are useful for aren’t they? Every so often you discover by chance a writer or writers you’ve never heard of before and I had this experience when I received a review copy of this book It’s a compilation of stories and poems by a variety of mostly South Asian names only one of which I had ever heard ofMy way of reading “foreign” literature is to let it flow over me and make its impressions on me When I read Tolstoy and Dickens in high school loads of words and customs and concepts in their books were foreign to me I embraced them and I was rewardedIn Readings 2 I especially enjoyed Angeline Woon’s “Big Bertha and the Stones of Justice” for its depiction of common brutality unwittingly being adopted by higher class people who should know better and as well the spare beautiful “An Orchestrated Ending” by Damyanti GhoshNot surprisingly there are a number of stories and poems dealing with themes of subtle and not so subtle repression of women in the Malaysian culture “Rani Taxis Away” by M Shanmughalingam falls into this category as does Shahminee Selvakannu’s “Lighting the Darkness”In the case of collections like this which invariably contain uite a number of stellar performances but as well some pieces that somehow don’t uite convince I find it hard to write a review and give stars I certainly enjoyed this book from back to front and felt at the same time I was learning from it about the very real terrors and nightmares of real people living in real places Therefore I would also highly recommend it A nice little medley of stories like a box of chocolates; some you like some you don'tMy favourite picks Rani Taxis Away Blue KL Trilogy Milking Pen Waiting