Sunday, October 29, 2017

Get Lucky by Various Authors

I guess this book is my first extensive exposure to Filipino culture. I've always had colleagues who were from The Philippines but have never asked them to talk about their life and culture juxtaposed to living in Singapore in great detail.

This book does just that.

I enjoyed reading the poems, although they were of uneven quality - some were really good, others mediocre. Yet all of them revealed a slice of the author's life. Some were of missing their family back home, some were of delicious food they were used to.

The short stories were fascinating too. I wonder how real they were. Seemed pretty much based on reality to me.

The essays were most interesting. I particularly liked the one that detailed the life of an Filipino academic teaching at a local Singaporean university for a stint and which compared the two countries.

Also included in the book are some entries by famous Singaporean writers. I loved Edwin Thumboo's but found Desmond Kon's rather bewildering. To each his own I suppose.

You can find out more about the production process of this book at the Get Lucky Anthology website.

If you'd like to buy a copy, head over to the Ethos website to get one today!

Also check out my YouTube review here:

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