Eye On The World


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by Tan Kok Seng
published by Heinemann, 1975

Eye on the World is the third and concluding volume of Tan Kok Seng’s autobiography, where he and his young family go to bustling Hong Kong. He writes with endearing honesty about a place that seems a lot like home, yet is vastly different in many ways, and this affectionate sense of observation is carried through a round-the-world trip he embarks on.

Told from the perspective of a Singaporean everyman, Kok Seng’s stories and reflections about the world are told in charmingly simple prose, enriched by his penchant for looking at the people and things around him with eyes wide open.

'Man of Malaysia is a rare achievement... A very inspiring book of how in the face of great adversity, he was able to achieve success, doing a succession of jobs to keep his wife and infant child alive.' —The Star, Penang

'Tan Kok Seng is steeped in Chinese tradition... How many of us have the courage and determination to carry on in the face of such adversity? As a result of the struggle, he emerged a more mellow person which experience had made him.' —Sunday Mail, Kuala Lumpur

'Tan Kok Seng epitomises the resilient spirit of a young nation. (He) is to be congratulated for a very sincere and frank autobiography.' —The Straits Echo, Penang

'... adopting the same successful formula of his first book... in simple yet sensitive language, he relates without any pretension a decade of his life.' —New Nation, Singapore

- paperback: 211 pages
- product dimensions: 115 x 180 mm