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First published by Landmark Books in 1993, Green is the Colour explores how people of different races face the challenges of living together. The story centres on Yun Ming and Siti Sara falling in love with each other in the post-13 May 1969 period in Malaysia. Both characters are not only from different racial backgrounds and faiths but are also married to different people. In addition, Siti Sara's father is a respected religious figure. How do the protagonists resolve their excruciatingly different circumstances in their fight to stay together?
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Lloyd Fernando (1926 2008) was born in Kandy, Sri Lanka. He emigrated to Singapore with his family in 1938. After obtaining his PhD in Literature in English from Leeds University, he served as Head of the English Department at the University of Malaya from 1967 to 1978, then took an early retirement at the age of 52 to read Law in London. Fernando was admitted as Advocate and Solicitor of the high Court of Malaya in 1980. Fernando is best known for his two novels, Green is the Colour and Scorpion Orchid, which explore issues of identity and cultures in a multi-racial society. For his contribution to the University of Malaya, he was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus in 2005. Fernando passed away in 2008, leaving behind his wife, Marie, two daughters and four grandchildren.Review:
After the communal riots of May 13th, 1969 there was no wide-scale communal strife in Malaysia such as is depicted in Green is the Colour. Nonetheless, Lloyd Fernando's vision of post 1969 Malaysia earns its validity as a bold attempt to present the fissures within Malaysia's modernity. --Wong Soak Koon, Unveiling Malaysia s Modernity and Ethnicity: Lloyd Fernando s Green is the Colour, in Risking Malaysia Culture, Politics and Identity. Eds. Maznah Mohamed & Wong Soak Koon, Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi 2001
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Book Description Epigram Books, Singapore, 2012. Soft cover. Condition: New. Reprint. After the May 1969 racial riots in Malaysia, the environment is still fierce and tense. The issues of racial violence and political strife are heard through the multi-racial characters, Yun Ming, Siti Sara, Omar and Dahlan. How will the country hold together? Will life ever return to normal? 235 pages with glossary. Weight: 0.4.kg. *On request this book will be sent post free by surface mail to any part of the world when it is part of an order weighing at least 2 kilos.*. Seller Inventory # SN153