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Written in Black A darkly humorous coming of age novel set in Brunei on the island of Borneo, Written in Black offers a snapshot of a few days in the life of ten year old Jonathan Lee, attending the funeral of his Ah Kong, or grandfather, and still reeling from the drama of his mother leaving for Australia and his brother getting kicked out of the house and joining a rock band Annoyed at being the brunt of his father s pent up anger, Jonathan escapes his grandfather s wake in an empty coffin and embarks on a journey through the backwaters of Brunei to bring his disowned brother back for the funeral and to learn the truth about his absent mother On a quest that takes him across the little known Sultanate, past gangs of glue sniffing poklans Brunei s teenage delinquents , cursed houses and weird shopkeepers, Jonathan discovers adventure, courage, friendship and, finally, himself

About the Author: K.H. Lim

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10 thoughts on “Written in Black

  1. says:

    Wonderful coming of age story of a young boy from Chinese family living in Brunei Fantastic writing, it s a short book but really made me feel like I knew the characters and got a sense for the island and the immigrant experience there This writer is fabulous and I hope he has a gre

  2. says:

    I went looking for a book from an Asian country that I hadn t read yet and found this one book from Brunei It may be the only one It s a quick read, about a boy named Jonathan around the time of the funeral for his Ah Long grandfather There s a bit in here about cultural practices, landscap

  3. says:

    So I read this part of the blurb, Jonathan escapes his grandfather s wake in an empty coffin and embarks on a journey through the backwaters of Brunei and looked at the cover and took it for granted that this is what I should expect from the book BUT it is not NOT AT ALL The cover is rather metapho

  4. says:

    I honestly am having a hard time on rating this one There are some ups and some downsThis is just my personal perspective, so, some people might not agree Rating 3 5I bought this book because I was drawn to its nature for having the story set in Brunei, so I was curious as to what the author has written I

  5. says:

    An enjoyable read, especially for those starved of narratives on Brunei I appreciated the twists and turns of the narrator s journey, and how the text went to great lengths in depicting cultural and national specificities True to the disclaimer, this probably isn t the most definitive book on Brunei, but I appreci

  6. says:

    Jonathan is annoyed at everyone and everything Annoyed by his father who always target him, annoyed by his older brother who ran away but still get his mother s love, annoyed by his stuck up cousin, Kevin, who boast about how his mother love his brotherA funeral of his Ah Kong grandpa led him to seek his missing brother,

  7. says:

    This book is better than its summary It immediately looked like the best choice for Brunei, but my impression directly from the summary was that it was going to be about a kid discovering adventure, courage, friendship and himself , which pretty much perfectly sums up something I d hate The protagonist, Jonathan, is precocious in

  8. says:

    to be updated.

  9. says:

    Since there s not too much out there that s set in Brunei, so it s no wonder that my new blogger friend and I chose the same book for this tiny little country that is situated on the island of Borneo, surrounded by the South China Sea on one side and by Malaysia on all other sides Written in Black is about a small boy, Jonathan, who is adrift in

  10. says:

    Written in Black is a coming of age novel set on the island of Borneo in Brunei It follows a ten year old boy called Jonathan Lee, who, in the midst of his grandfather s funeral, desperately tries to get in contact with his estranged mother in Australia who will be leaving for Dubai.The story has a decent premise and, at first glance, an interesting ca

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