|About the Book|
The world of Simon Lee turned upside down when he was diagnosed with a serious medical condition. In the quest to come to terms with the situation, he tried to garner strength from recalling his childhood experience going through family upheavalMoreThe world of Simon Lee turned upside down when he was diagnosed with a serious medical condition. In the quest to come to terms with the situation, he tried to garner strength from recalling his childhood experience going through family upheaval living in the house at Lorong 5, Geylang red light district in Singapore in the 50s and 60s. In the end he was trudged into the harsh reality of life when he and his friend Hamid visited Batam Island in search of a young girl who became a victim of prostitution ring.The book addresses the very nature of society at various levels — of human courage, destiny, conflicting relationships, murder, irreconcilable contradictions of existence by illuminating the imperfections of human nature and dark recesses of the soul, compelling the readers to face nefariousness of human character, abusive and destructive behavior which is potentially present in all men.The book relates the abused childhood of Simon Lee, the son of a prostitute living in Lorong 5, Geylang, a red light district in Singapore in the 50s. He suffered humiliation throughout his young life, maltreated by his own family. He worked hard, determined to make a life for himself, and in the end managed to come to terms with his depressive past. The novel describes the very nature of society at various levels, even within the family circle- of human courage, conflicting relationships, betrayal and deceit. The story covers real life situation in Batam, a mere half hour ferry journey across the Riau Straits from Singapore. The island has become a popular sexual retreat for young and old Singaporean males from students to wobbling grandfathers with walking stick looking for cheap sexual adventures taking advantage of strong Singapore dollar against the Indonesian rupiah. Batam is a paradise island for sexual adventure for Singapore customers. Meanwhile the booming sex industry is filled with tears, heartbreak, betrayal and exploitation for the villagers born into a life of poverty and misfortune.