Saturday, May 16, 2015

Singapore Siu Dai 2 by Felix Cheong

I had rather high hopes for the second instalment of Singapore Siu Dai having been thoroughly entertained by the first. However, this book does not live up to that expectation.

The author takes on local issues with a vengeance. We see him tackling topics such as the competitive education landscape, our public transport system and even the Prime Minister himself. Unfortunately, instead of amusing witticisms like in the first edition, we find a rather snarky tone throughout.

I personally felt like I was reading satire from a cynical commentator on Singaporean issues rather than a humorous, light-hearted take on them, which was the purpose of this series.

So if you’d like to have a good laugh at the eccentricities of our lovely little country, have a look at the first book and give the second a pass.

If you'd like to get the books which I'm sure you'll be able to find in major bookstores, you can also order them here for the first one and here for the second.

Disclaimer: The publisher sent me a copy of this book to review. This unfortunately, is probably not what they'd expected to see.

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