21 Ratings
3.9
Language
English
Category
Biographies
Length
4H 6Min

Son of Singapore

Author: Tan Kok Seng Narrator: Benjamin Chow Audiobook and E-book

A publishing sensation in the 1970s and 1980s, Son of Singapore traces the extraordinary upbringing of an Everyman. As a Teochew farm boy coming of age during the Japanese Occupation, Tan Kok Seng enters the “university of the world” at only 15, becoming a coolie at the Orchard Road market. On his rounds to the homes of the “Red Hairs”, he befriends a group of Chinese dialect-speaking Caucasians who inspire him to improve himself beyond his humble roots.

Set against Singapore’s push towards self-governance, Tan’s engaging autobiography reflects the pioneering spirit of the times. Written in deceptively simple prose, notable for its English transliteration of Teochew adages, Son of Singapore sensitively captures fast-disappearing places, people and everyday ways of living.

© 1972, 2013 by Tan Kok Seng. Published in paper format in Singapore by Epigram Books, recorded by Storyside 2019.

© 2019 Storyside (Audiobook) ISBN: 9789178897551 © 2016 Epigram Books (E-book) ISBN: 9789810768331

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