Can true love prevail in a
time ravished lands and
• This highly acclaimed author was the 2007 Singaporean winner of the S.E.A. Write Award.
• This title won the National Book Development Council Highly Commended Awards in 1994.
• Local appeal: Stories deal largely
with themes such as postcolonial identity, Asian culture (especially Eurasian culture), social issues,
and Singapore's culture, history and politics.
“The prose is lucid and economical and the organisation of its plot taut and gripping.”
“Shelley maintains his fast-paced narrative style, which at times cuts to the raw nerve with its boldness in language and at times makes you laugh out loud with its humanness…People of the Pear Tree, like a fruit, is a tale that offers a surprisingly tangy bite at the end.”
“… is a major work, an important work; it is racy, vivid, sensuous, often startlingly beautiful.”
— The Sun
About the Book
In People of the Pear Tree, Rex Shelley weaves two love stories of Eurasians in the torrid, tropical heat again the background of Japanese-occupied Singapore and Malaya during World War II, spicing his narrative with humour, intrigue and the ring of guerrilla gunshots on the fringes of the Malayan jungle.
People of the Pear Tree is about people reacting to the disruptions and the brutality of war, clinging to traditions, family ties, finding outlets of love and passionate sex as starvation, malaria, dysentery, torture and death stalk them; of courage in battle and of gentle tenderness, sentimentality, and racial prejudices.
About the Author
Rex Shelley (1930–2009) was a Eurasian Singaporean author who belonged to the generation of Singaporeans that has seen the last vestiges of the colonial raj, lived through the Pacific War and the Japanese Occupation, and experienced the trials and uncertainty during the turbulent struggle for independence and the radical changes following it. He has published a total of eight books, five of which won prizes; a fiction quartet of four books with background of the Eurasians in Singapore, three books on Japan and the Japanese and one humorous book on Singlish. He was awarded the Public Service Star in 1978 and Public Service Star (Bar) in 1989.
A graduate of the University of Malaya in Singapore and Cambridge-trained in engineering and economics, Shelley managed his own trading business and worked as member of the Public Service Commission (PSC) for over 30 years.