Miss Seetoh under the microscope

It opens with a knee-slapping examination of how schools work and ends with a series of postcards.

In between, Catherine Lim applies her observations to topics such as jealousy, death, marriage and private tuition. Miss Seetoh is the linchpin tying all the story threads together in the narrative.

The reader can find joy in how the book closely parallels Singapore and her people. Archetypal characters are realistically, lovingly and humourously fleshed out.

The book is consistently rich and well written. The story flow is complex and a good understanding of English is required to internalize all pieces of the story. A bevy of anecdotes and allusions weaves the tapestry of the world.

I recommend this book for students of human nature and the written word.

Recommended Retail Price $27