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Hernie Perera runs the furniture department of Benson?s, the largest store in Singapore. In his spare time he writes stories. Suddenly, his comfortable life is shattered. His father is found to have terminal cancer, he loses his job, and his lover joins the ?Children of the Book?, a Christian sect committed to overthrowing an oppressive government. An old acquaintance and government official promises Hernie literary success in exchange for information on the ?Children of the Book?. He must now decide between the rewards of political corruption and his conscience. With passion and humour A Candle or the Sun reveals a Singapore far different from the tourist brochures.
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Born in 1935, Gopal Baratham practised neuro-surgery in a Singapore hospital until his death in 2002. He is the author of Figments of Experience and People Make you Cry, collections of short Stories. A Candle or the Sun was considered too controvesial to be published in Singapore. DeadFrom Publishers Weekly:
Hernie Perera supervises the furniture department of the oldest store in Singapore and writes on the side. His heretofore uneventful life changes pace when he leaves his job because his store merges with another firm and enters mass marketing. At the same time, Hernie learns his father is dying of cancer and his mistress is continuing to associate with an unorthodox Christian group bent on defying the repressive regime. Worse, his mistress says she plans to follow the group leader into voluntary exile. Angered by her betrayal, Hernie accepts a friend's offer of a job writing for the government in exchange for passing information about the Christian group; soon he realizes he has made a devil's bargain. Though aspects of Hernie's character go unexplained (one wonders why he views his parents with such condescension: They were clearly in the middle of a Fred-and-Clara-Perera-face-death-together sequence) and subplots prove distracting, the controversial author convincingly portrays Hernie's fanatical government boss while damning the perverted society that bred him. Baratham is a Singapore neurosurgeon.
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Book Description Serpent's Tail, 1992. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111852422254
Book Description Serpent's Tail, 1992. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1852422254