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This memoir by Goh Poh Seng tells of his adventures as a young Asian student in the Ireland of the 1950s. Brought up in post-war Kuala Lumpur, the impressionable young man finds himself transported to a totally different milieu and culture. The stories follow him from the first tentative steps of his voyage to Europe, to his sojourn in a hostel for Asian students and the shock of boarding life in a boys’ Catholic school; continues with his early awakening to the possibility of becoming a writer, together with a total embrace of the cultural and literary pleasures of Dublin. Along the way, he met a colourful tapestry of characters, among them a member of the Anglo-Irish gentry, the suave and charming Tom Pierre from the West Indies, and the much-loved Irish poet Paddy Kavanagh.
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GOH Poh Seng (1936-2010) was a pioneer of Singapore literature in English. His first novel, 'If We Dream Too Long,' is a coming-of-age novel set in Singapore, and is recognized as the first Singaporean novel ever published in English. Goh was distinguished as a novelist, poet and playwright. He wrote all his life, and has published four novels and five books of poetry. In 1986, he emigrated with his family to Canada. He was working on 'Tall Tales & MisAdventures of a Young WOG' when he passed away.Review:
"...this volume is a valuable addition to Singapore literature, a record of a writer's coming of age in a time of global transition and revolution. Fans of Goh's work will appreciate the glimpse into the events and encounters that made him who he was as a writer." Quarterly Literary Review of Singapore
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Book Description University of Chicago press. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 9971696347
Book Description Nus Press, Singapore, 2015. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. This book of autobiographical short stories by the late Goh Poh Seng, the Westernised Oriental Gentleman or Wog of the title, describes his adventures as a young Asian student in the Ireland of the 1950s. Brought up in post-war Kuala Lumpur, the impressionable young man found himself transported to a totally different milieu and culture. The stories describe his voyage to Europe, a sojourn in an Asian student hostel, and the shock of life as a boarder in a Catholic school. They continue with his early awakening to the possibility of becoming a writer, and his embrace of the cultural and literary pleasures of Dublin. Along the way he encountered a colourful tapestry of characters, among them a member of the Anglo-Irish gentry, the suave and charming Tom-Pierre from the West Indies, and the much-loved Irish poet Paddy Kavanagh. Seller Inventory # BTE9789971696344
Book Description National University of Singapore. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 2732203
Book Description National University of Singapore Press, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M9971696347
Book Description NUS Press, Singapore, 2014. Soft cover. Condition: New. The celebrated author, brought up in Malaysia and spending his later life in Singapore and Canada, was first introduced to the oddities of European life as a young student in Ireland. It was only in his later years that he decided to prepare this collection of his experiences of Ireland in the 1950s for publication. He managed to graduate from a dismal Irish boarding school to indulge in the literary and cultural pleasures of Dublin, where he took his first tentative steps as a novelist and poet. 196 pages. Please see the scan of the contents page for further details. Weight: 0.5kg. Post free within Malaysia. Seller Inventory # ML2950