A Man and His Wal­let & Other Sto­ries

The Sun (Malaysia) - - THE RIGHT READ -

Au­thor: Tan Bok Hooi Pub­lisher: LiveFree ISBN: 9789671433300

WITH a min­i­mal­ist and al­most zen-like ap­proach, Tan’s words con­vey a heart-felt un­der­stand­ing of the var­i­ous mo­ments that make up our lives.

Through sim­ple and di­rect prose, it con­veys a sense of how one may ‘ touch’ and ‘ see’ the sub­stance of th­ese mo­ments.

No won­der this book was cho­sen as one of the 50 best Malaysian ti­tles for in­ter­na­tional rights in 2016-2017 at the most re­cent In­ter­na­tional Book Festival in Frankfurt.

The book is di­vided into three sec­tions: sec­tion one ad­dresses the is­sues within our im­me­di­ate fam­ily while sec­tion two touches on other sig­nif­i­cant peo­ple who have en­tered our lives; and sec­tion three cov­ers the wider world and en­vi­ron­ment which we live in.

It might share the same genre as Tues­days with Mor­rie or The Last Lec­ture, but Tan’s book car­ries an Asian flavour in its per­spec­tives of how one fits into the world.

It is never elab­o­rate in its lan­guage and through this paucity of words, it at­tempts to cap­ture the ‘truth’ within the mo­ments and events of our day-to-day life.

In each short story, writ­ten al­most like a haiku, and within the space of that which has been left un­elab­o­rated and un­said, it pro­duces a flavour that lives long af­ter you have stopped read­ing it. – Chan Jin Hoe

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