Book Reviews: Once Removed by Andrew Lecicategories: Book, Funny, Racism, Social Isolation, Conformity, Morality, Sexual Awareness, Comedy
Author: Andrew Leci
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Editions
Removed, But Still In PlaceI thought Andrew Leci's book was ridiculously, often absurdly funny. And then I thought about it for a while and discovered that there were some serious issues going on here. Inadvertently, maybe even archly, the writer manages to subject the reader to having to deal with issues such as racism, social isolation, conformity, morality and sexual awareness. Whether we give credit to the writer for being so clever, or assume that some of it is accidental, it still makes the book a great deal richer and more layered than it would at first appear. Worth a second read, but thoroughly enjoyable at the first time of asking.
Just Too Funny, and Too TrueI was surprised not to see this book shortlisted for the Booker. Or maybe I wasn't. It's ribald, funny, dirty, scuzzy, human and very funny. As someone who used to live in Malaysia and has visited several times since, many of the observations in the buku are spot on - not how Malaysians and its government would like us to observe (obviously) but the way things really are.
I also liked the way some of the characters were drawn - just on the acceptable side of caricature, but with so many human qualities that we can all identify with (shamefully on occasions). I don't think everyone's going to like it, but I thought it was a thoroughly entertaining read.
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