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- Publisher: Summersdale Publishers
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 26mm | 299g
- Publication date: 6 August 2007
- Publication City/Country: Chichester
- ISBN 10: 1840245948
- ISBN 13: 9781840245943
- Sales rank: 498,525
For generations of Britons, Singapore was the international crossroads of the Empire, the ultimate colonial posting, the stimulus for writers such as Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham or Noel Coward. Can today's hightech 24-hour city with its gleaming skyscrapers and high standard of living provide a similar kind of inspiration to a visitor? John Malathronas penetrates the Oriental psyche and discovers the hustle among the stuffiness, the thrill behind the Confucian ethic and, ultimately, the joie de vivre in what has been unjustly dismissed as "a shopping mall with UN representation". Still more importantly, during his quest, he realises that this overcrowded, multicultural, multifaith city-state can teach us a lesson about living together in harmony and with mutual respect.
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John Malathronas is the author of the popular travelogues Brazil: Life, Blood and Soul ISBN:9781840243505 and Rainbow Diary: A Journey in the New South Africa ISBN: 9781840244458. He lives in London and is a member of the Guild of Travel Writers, contributing to magazines such as Travel Africa.
"'John Malathronas's series of vignettes shatters the stereotypes and reveals a diverse world of individuals, from the disgustingly rich to the outrageously poor. Stirring stuff.' A Place in the Sun 'Malathronas is a funny, witty travel writer, like Bill Bryson. And that's the beauty of this book - Malathronas's touch is light and funny, and the witticisms are many and welcome, but by reading this narrative you're also going to get a pretty full, rounded history of the country. South Africans will learn something about themselves by reading this travelogue; it takes a stranger to shine a light on our country. An excellent examination of where we are right now.' Johannesburg Star"