Suchen Christine Lim: Gift from the Gods

(673 words)
  • Amy Lai (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume Hong Kong, Singaporean, Malaysian, Myanmar Writing and Culture.

Written in the first person and structured as a series of journals, this novel recounts the stories of three Singapore women of different generations. They are Tai Ku, her adopted daughter Yoke-lin, and Yoke-lin's daughter Yenti, the one who unveils to us the stories of the former two.

Sold to a brothel-keeper as a sixteen-year-old during the great famine in the Malayan Peninsula, Tai Ku is first bought by a tin-miner, later married to a butcher, and then becomes the matriarch of the household. Yoke-lin, whose mother was killed by her trishaw-driver husband after giving birth to their sixth daughter, hopes to regain her security through a proper marriage. Unfortunately, she is first married to Ah Chong, who does not love or …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Lai, Amy. "Gift from the Gods". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 June 2003
[, accessed 02 December 2015.]