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Would you consider the audio edition of Sarong Party Girls to be better than the print version?
Yes. There is absolutely no way you can read this book, if you are non-Singaporean without knowing how Singlish actually sounds like. The narrator perfectly captures the nuance and pronunciation of every word, and the intonation perfectly.
What other book might you compare Sarong Party Girls to and why?
Crazy Rich Asians may be close, but totally different world. CRA feels like reading a fairy tale where the course of true love never runs smooth. In SPG, the dating scene of Singapore is seen from the POV of Jazzy, the main protagonist. She is more grounded, and much more relatable compared to Rachel Choo in CRA.
What about Angela Lin’s performance did you like?
Her inflection and pronunciation of every word, including the Hokkien swear words. Perfect in every way!
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Sex in the Lion City.
I downloaded this book as an audiobook and the performance by Angela Lin did justice to the story. Its not a book you can compare to Emma because it is a book that stands alone and should be considered on its own merits.
I found it very interesting, because I understood the culture and the language. I think it would be a bit difficult to "get it" if you did not have some prior knowledge or experience of the way of life in Singapore in particular and Asia in general.
It was brilliantly written and very insightful although a little bit sad. If only more women felt empowered to think and value more about themselves.
Overall, recommended reading and maybe some research beforehand into the culture, you will be very entertained.