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Every night I would wake up screaming. My mother would ask while smoothing my hair for comfort, "What's wrong sweety? And I would respond with the words that still send chills down my spine, "It was Mr. Shadow, mommy. I seen him again. Like all parents, she would shrug it off and tell me there was no such thing.
It was just the overactive imagination of a child, she would tell herself. Shadow would always return despite her best efforts. He stood in my doorway watching me, or I would have a dream where he stood in the living room chanting some strange language. One night, I got so scared that my parents found me sitting in their room, rocking back and forth.
As I sat there, tears and sweat rolled down my face and my mother said I was burning up. Quickly, she grabbed the thermometer and put it under my tongue. That was the first time I ever visited an emergency room. I had a temperature of a After that, Mr.
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Sort order. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A Shadow of A Shadow of A Dream is a collection of eight local short stories that all centre around the main theme of love. Suddenly being in the mood for some local Singaporean fiction, I made an impromptu decision to borrow this from the library after seeing it was by Catherine Lim, an author I came to be familiar with after being made to read many of her works while in secondary school.
The Shadow of a Shadow of a Dream: Love Stories of Singapore
I can't say that her works have made much of an impact on me in my adolescent life given the fact that I co A Shadow of A Shadow of A Dream is a collection of eight local short stories that all centre around the main theme of love. I can't say that her works have made much of an impact on me in my adolescent life given the fact that I couldn't remember any of her works specifically. However, this book proved to be different. With varying degrees of enjoyability, A Shadow of A Shadow of A Dream still proved to be a great read that explored the various niches and complications that love can bring.
The collection starts strong with A Change of Heart about a loveless marriage where successful businessman Michael is embarrassed by his wife Geok's lack of social awareness and weak command of English on display in upper class social gatherings, but he is bound to her out of gratitude for her sacrifices to get him to where he is today. The character of Geok is one that can be easily identified or imagined in local contexts and when Michael decides to leave her, he feels relieved but gets together again with her out of necessity to look like a family man after being approached for a potential political career.
A Change of Heart was well written with complicated characters in only the span of a few pages. Muniandy was next in the collection, a story of an Indian man who greatly repulses everyone due to his outwardly appearance as a gigantic, disgusting beast. Haunted by a great deal of loneliness and even being rejected by prostitutes for their services, Muniandy's kindness is repaid when he snags a job as a luxury hotel's doorman where dressed up in their costume, he looked magnificent.
His infatuation with one of the hotel's guest however ends horribly as it is mistaken that he tried to molest her and he is fired from his job as a result. Wedding was the shortest of the short stories, a tale that juxtaposes love in an era long gone that exists in an old man's memory, and love in the current day where the man's grandson is getting married.
The frail elderly man disapproves of his grandson's wife greatly but is mistaken for being so approving of her when he sees his late wife in her place when she offers him tea in the tea ceremony, an absolutely crushing final scene. Karen follows this tale where the titular character's loneliness in a family fractured by divorce finds the attention she desperately needs from a parent in her mother's boyfriend Bill.
Lines get blurred and mixed messages are sent before culminating in a climatic 'will they, won't they' scene between Karen and Bill that passes safely, but unfortunately her mother imagines the worst and leaves Bill. Third Grandaunt's Story was a bit of a drag in the collection, a tragic kind of forbidden love story where the protagonist is visited by the titular character in a dream where she explains her tale of ill-fated romance and why she is so removed from her family's history nowadays. Anniversary too was a little muted, where a wife upon discovering her husband is cheating on her on her anniversary, plays psychological warfare on him to make him think that she has done the same as revenge for his unfaithful behaviour.
The English Language Teacher's Secret was a bit of a weird one where the story took me places I didn't know it was going to go, the story of a sad spinster whose single passionate love from her past keeps her going. It slowly leaks into her life as a teacher, throwing his name around in classes and sentence examples to give herself small thrills.