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Written in Black I didn t like the idea of a 10 year old acting like a 16 year old in the book But after reading Harold Bloom s theory on the The Anxiety of Influence, I m starting to appreciate this text gradually I find Jonathan really relatable, the angst and his transition to adulthood The writing style is my favorite part, I love how you could see what s on Jonathan s mind during the adventure However, the storyline is a little bit over the top at some point especially during the poklan scene, Jonat Muligvis den eneste engelsksprogede roman p markedet, der foreg r i Brunei og er skrevet af en bruneisk forfatter Lider desv rre under mangler i b de plot, struktur og eksekvering Resultatet er grundl ggende lidt sm kedeligt.L s hele min anmeldelse p K s bognoter A Darkly Humorous Coming Of Age Novel Set In Brunei On The Island Of Borneo, Written In Black Offers A Snapshot Of A Few Days In The Life Of Ten Year Old Jonathan Lee, Attending The Funeral Of His Ah Kong, Or Grandfather, And Still Reeling From The Drama Of His Mother Leaving For Australia And His Brother Getting Kicked Out Of The House And Joining A Rock Band Annoyed At Being The Brunt Of His Father S Pent Up Anger, Jonathan Escapes His Grandfather S Wake In An Empty Coffin And Embarks On A Journey Through The Backwaters Of Brunei To Bring His Disowned Brother Back For The Funeral And To Learn The Truth About His Absent Mother On A Quest That Takes Him Across The Little Known Sultanate, Past Gangs Of Glue Sniffing Poklans Brunei S Teenage Delinquents , Cursed Houses And Weird Shopkeepers, Jonathan Discovers Adventure, Courage, Friendship And, Finally, Himself. Since there s not too much out there that s set in Brunei, so it s no wonder that my new blogger friend and I chose the same book for this tiny little country that is situated on the island of Borneo, surrounded by the South China Sea on one side and by Malaysia on all other sides Written in Black is about a small boy, Jonathan, who is adrift in the chaos of his family s dysfunction, left too often to his own devices as he struggles to understand why his mother has left, his eldest brother has run away, and his father has disengaged When his grandfather dies and the family gathers, Jonathan and his needs are only further pushed aside After learning that his cousin has been in touch with the elder brother, who in turn is in regular contact with their mother Jonathan decides to take matters into his own hands He hides in the back of the coffin delivery truck, and sets out to solve the problem of his missing family members.What struck me most about this story was both how heartbreakingly alone Jonathan felt among the people who were supposed to love him best Desperately missing his mother and not understanding what happened to cause her to leave, he is devastated to learn she calls when he s not at home and that he is the only one who hasn t been able to talk to her As children often do, he I enjoyed it as I was able to imagine the whole story clearly having lived in Brunei Very Bruneian. Wonderful coming of age story of a young boy from Chinese family living in Brunei Fantastic writing, it s a short book but really made me feel like I knew the characters and got a sense for the island and the immigrant experience there This writer is fabulous I loved this book I found it quite funny and enjoyable. By turns gently poignant and darkly humorous it s a rollicking yarn as befits it s 10 year old protagonist I just wish it didn t have quite such a large loose end left at the end B is for Brunei. I honestly am having a hard time on rating this one There are some ups and some downsThis is just my personal perspective, so, some people might not agree Rating 3 5I bought this book because I was drawn to its nature for having the story set in Brunei, so I was curious as to what the author has written I genuinely enjoyed the comedy, especially ones that involve Malay Brunei dialect some were quite priceless indeed, VERY often used in our culture, including when cussing over a rude driver The random names of Kampong in Brunei is also true, I always have the same thought as to where and how they were formed I enjoyed the great insight of common Chinese funeral proceedings I m not sure myself if it s fictional or not nevertheless I found it interesting The cover s nice, by the way I have some issues with it, however Especially with the age 10 y.o narrating this book with an extremely expanded vocabulary this was contradictory to the part where he found it difficult to read the local newspaper I thought that was too good to be true, and the fact that he has a highly developed sense of moral judgements e.g advising warning his older brother about life One of which is, I quoteThe mess you re in now is all your own fault, and you aren t acting like you ve even learnt your lesson you d better do yourself a favour and not be so stubborn Written in Black, by K H Lim, is set in Brunei and centers around a Bruneian Chinese family The book s protagonist is ten year old Jonathan, who is reading Huckleberry Finn when he receives a phone call from his uncle telling him that his grandfather has died That begins a series of life changing events for young Jonathan, as his family s problems cause him to do things he would never have attempted otherwise We learn that his mother left the family six months ago, ostensibly for health reasons, and Jonathan is desperate to talk to her Somehow, she always manages to call when he s not home His older brother also left home, seemingly the action of a rebellious teenager Jonathan s father, then, is left to raise Jonathan, his older sister, and younger brother.They leave their home for a few days to stay with Jonathan s uncle in order to perform the customary funeral rites for Jonathan s grandfather While talking with his cousin, Jonathan learns that his older brother Michael has been in frequent contact with their mother, which leads to Jonathan s decision to sneak away and find Michael What follows is misadventure upon misadventure, or as Jonathan later describes it, so far, I d survived a ride in a coffin, a cursed house, a horde of bats, a pack of wild dogs, and a gang of lunatics While Jonathan is no Huck Finn,

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