Noon At Five O'Clock
A schoolboy time travels in a strange old shop house. A child with Down's Syndrome is run over chasing a balloon seller. An older sister tightly slaps her theatrical younger sister. A soul fatally forgets its wayang performer owner.
With his signature minimalistic style, Arthur Yap simultaneously perplexes readers with stories of seemingly plotless ambiguity, yet draws them in with familiar characters playing out situations that still resonate in twenty-first century Singapore.
The volume marks the recovery and first combined publication of the stories of Arthur Yap, one of Singapore's most accomplished and important writers. A hitherto neglected facet of Yap's opus, his eight stories are deceptive in their simplicity, housing within their sparse prose a complex engagement with Singapore society.
Angus Whitehead's introduction highlights literary nuances in the stories and frames them within the wider backdrop of social change of Singapore at the time of Yap's writing. The meticulous critical apparatus make this book of interest to not only the general reader but also students of Singapore and Southeast Asian literature in English.
Paperback: 100 Pages
Product Dimensions: 140 x 217 mm
Published by NUS Press