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Glass Cathedral Winner of the Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award Glass Cathedral’s sensitive depiction of homosexuality in conservative Singapore is a landmark in local literature This novella was part of a small wave of gay and lesbian–themed drama and fiction that appeared in Singapore during the early 1990s

About the Author: Andrew Koh

Andrew Koh is best known for his award winning novella Glass Cathedral which won the 1994 Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award Koh was a founding member of The Necessary Stage and has published various works from academic papers to poetry He has also co authored several Literature textbooks for schools in SingaporeKoh read English Literature at the National University of Singapore an

10 thoughts on “Glass Cathedral

  1. says:

    Recently while chatting with friends I said that I was annoyed that homosexuality kept getting sidelined There is so much tiptoeing around what can be said cannot be said so much worrying regarding what is universally applicable and acceptable When does critical become offensive? When does cautiousness become mind numbing indifference? And I appreciate this book for addressing homosexuality head on while also highlighting how an unwillingness to discuss it is also indicative of a

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    Definitely worth a read for a bittersweet evocation of young gay manhood in the 90s Relatedly a bittersweet evocation of young gay manhood that doesn't involve anyone dying How about that The protagonist is a young university student who meets James a rich young bachelor about town in an English tutorial I was particularly struck by the scene where James asks Colin if he's gay and he reacts with horror and shock and shame before they reconcile beautifully and start dating view spoilerOf

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    Finished it in one sitting And I love it The familiar settings of school mates family crosstalk singlish From both traditional families we see Colin and James as educated sons struggling with university society love the unspoken kind familial relations and its accompanied obligations They are by no means seen as traditional they have the mobile opportunity to imagine a better life away from Singapore and its denial of their same sex love rights Where hetronomativity provides a ghastly atmosphe

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    A peek into a devout Catholic's struggle with accepting and eventually expression of his own homosexual identity in early 1990s Singapore While many of the religious terms were lost on me raised closer to Taoist beliefs I could understand the identity crisis Colin was going through from the author's descriptions of the fundamental Catholic's beliefs as well as having grown up in Singapore The general hush hush behind closed doors attitude Singaporeans generally have towards any kind of sexual issues

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    Narrative style comes across very uotidian yet it is precisely that style of voice that makes this story feel so true and unembellished The confusion experienced by the main character is brought through sensitively Andrew Koh delicately manages the tension between religion and LGBTidentity succeeding in humanising both sides with empathy and kindness

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    A really interesting and important book for its time in Singapore But it really could have benefited from an editor And the description of the nightclub was the most awkward bizarre description of one that I have ever read

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    Actual rating 35

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    Actual rating 35

  10. says:

    Homosexuality and Catholicism in 1960s Singapore

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