The Scent of the Gods ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Leslie Bow

The Scent of the Gods

University of Illinois Press
Publication date: December 2010
ISBN: 9780252090080
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The Scent of the Gods tells the enchanting, haunting story of a young girl's coming of age in Singapore during the tumultuous years of its formation as a nation. Eleven-year-old Su Yen bears witness to the secretive lives of "grown-ups" in her diasporic Chinese family and to the veiled threats in Southeast Asia during the Cold War years. From a child's limited perspective, the novel depicts the emerging awareness of sexuality in both its beauty and its consequences, especially for women. In the context of postcolonial politics, Fiona Cheong skillfully parallels the uncertainties of adolescence with the growing paranoia of a population kept on alert to communist infiltration. In luminous prose, the novel raises timely questions about safety, protection, and democracy--and what one has to give up to achieve them._x000B_This book is ideal for scholars of Asian American and transnational literature, postcolonial history, women's studies, and many other interconnected disciplines.
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