Katherine Sim started writing this novel when she and her husband lived for two months in a Malay village in order to prepare for their Malay language examinations just after World War II. The story follows the life of Hassan, the result of an Indian-Malay marriage, as he negotiates village life both before and after the war only to eventually find the love of his life. Sim was also a well known artist of the time, so her novel is interlaced with evocative descriptions of village life and its surrounding scenery. 288 pages.
Weight 0.5 kg. Post free within Malaysia.
Published by Michael Joseph, London, 1957. First edition.
Condition: Good. Hardcover with a fair dust jacket. The spine is worn and the gilt titling barely visible. The text block has some spotting. The binding is tight, the text is clear and there is mild tanning throughout. Only the front and spine of the dust jacket remain and the jacket is held in place by a plastic covering and could probably be easily transformed to something approaching its original condition.