Category Archives: Brunei

[NABP] Not a Book Post: “The Tudong Monologues”

I wasn’t going to write anything about this, simply because this blog is supposed to be about books. But because reading and writing are so linked for me, and because theatre comprises a lot of the Bruneian creative output that … Continue reading

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Feminist Book Club: Caitlin Moran’s “How to Be a Woman”

I missed last month’s book club meet up, but I did read the book, Jami Attenberg’s All Grown Up. I enjoyed it, and thought the protagonist was hugely, flawed-ly relatedly human. She was continuously perplexed by all the people around … Continue reading

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Bingeing on thrillers

So I’ve been binge-reading thrillers – the last three have been JP Delaney’s The Girl Before (girl moves into creepy minimalist, automated, high tech house in which she finds out other girls have died), Sabine Durrant’s Lie With Me (serial … Continue reading

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Feminist Book Club: Sofia Khan is Not Obliged

Yesterday the feminist book club met up for the fourth month in a row, yay! This time at Rack and Brew in Gadong, to eat fries and soft shell crab kolomee, drink green tea and ginger bread lattes, and to … Continue reading

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Feminist Book Club: Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminist”

So the Feminist Book Club met up for the 2nd time at Ar-Ruhma on Sunday afternoon to finish talking about Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. Here are some of my recollections of the stuff that came up: While some feministas agreed … Continue reading

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More on Bruneian Literature in English

I wrote down a few observations on Bruneian literature in English over at OpenBrunei. Have already heard from a couple of people – definitely hoping that I can crowdsource more information! Faiq and Hazirah did a great job formatting and … Continue reading

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Imagining Brunei: Elif Shafak’s “Honour” and David Mitchell’s “Slade House”

Two very different (and very good) novels, with one very interesting thing in common: Brunei is mentioned! The mention of Brunei in Slade House is pretty cursory and throwaway, as seen below. When her father, a “Shell Oil man” gets … Continue reading

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