27 Feb '11, 10pm
catherinelim.sg » “Missing Catherine”
The Straits Times has at last reviewed my latest novel ‘Miss Seetoh in the World’, and, oh dear, it’s the worst review in my 30 years as a writer. I certainly hope to do better with them the next time! Catherine Lim’s new novel lacks the challenging touch of her short story collection In the largely forgettable Miss Seetoh In The World, one of the more memorable scenes has a teacher steering a hapless secondary school student past the pitfalls of the GCE O-level English paper, ensuring he secures a good result but not any actual proficiency in the language. It is hard not to see parallels between that chapter and the book. Singapore writer Catherine Lim’s latest work supplies a protagonist and the requisite word count for a novel, and makes tired but popular jokes and token attempts at sensuality. It follows a tested recipe that might ensure its success at local bookstores...