The Red Thread: A Chinese Tale Of Love And Fate In 1830s Singapore by Dawn FarnhamThe Red Thread: A Chinese Tale Of Love And Fate In 1830s Singapore by Dawn Farnham

The Red Thread: A Chinese Tale Of Love And Fate In 1830s Singapore

byDawn Farnham

Paperback | April 7, 2015

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Like Chinese silk, The Red Thread is, by turns, gentle and strong, exploring a love that breaks through the divide of race and culture, a love that is both deeply physical and a marriage of souls. Set against the backdrop of 1830s Singapore where piracy, crime, triads and tigers are commonplace, this cultural romance follows the struggle of two lovers: Zhen, once the lowliest of Chinese coolies and triad member, later chosen to marry into a Peranakan family of Baba Chinese merchants; and Charlotte, an 18-year-old Scots girl and sister of Singapore's Chief of Police. Two cultures bound together by the invisible threads of fate yet separated by cultural diversity. In this first volume of The Straits Quartet, Dawn Farnham incorporates real figures from Singapore's historical past and brings to life the heady atmosphere of Old Singapore, where exotic beliefs and customs clash and jostle in the struggle to make a life and create mutual understanding between peoples from different worlds.
Dawn Farnham is the author of The Red Thread, The Shallow Seas, The Hills of Singapore and The English Concubine (which comprise The Straits Quartet, a bestselling series of historical romance set in 19th-century Singapore), A Crowd of Twisted Things, a novel set in 1950 Singapore, as well as numerous short stories, plays and children'...
Title:The Red Thread: A Chinese Tale Of Love And Fate In 1830s SingaporeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 7, 2015Publisher:Monsoon Books Pte. Ltd.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:9814423599

ISBN - 13:9789814423595

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Singapore in the flesh. Short of stepping into a time machine, nothing could bring to life the atmosphere of 19th century Singapore with the clarity and sensibility of Dawn Farnhams writing. Some of the poetry feels a bit intrusive but the story, the characters and the imagery are fascinating.
Date published: 2014-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something different Excellent book. Looking forward to the next one Shallow Seas
Date published: 2014-09-07

Editorial Reviews

Thoroughly enjoyable historical romance.