Chuah Guat Eng

Chuah Guat Eng was born in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan in 1943. She received her early education at Methodist Girls School, Klang and Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur. She read English Literature at University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur and German Literature at Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich. Most of her working life has been spent in the corporate world. Echoes of Silence, first published in 1994, is her first novel. Other published works are Tales from the Baram River (2001), a collection of Sarawak folktales retold for children, and The Old House and Other Stories (2008), a collection of stories written and published in various publications and anthologies between 1992 and 2002. In 2008, she received her PhD from the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), Bangi for her thesis, From Conflict to Insight: A Zen-based Reading Procedure for the Analysis of Fiction. She works part-time as a corporate communications consultant and occasionally runs lecture courses at universities. She is currently working on her second novel.

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Echoes of silence

Echoes of silence


'In March 1970, as a direct result of the May 1969 racial riots, I left Malaysia.' Thus begins the story of Lim Ai Lian, a Chinese Malaysian. In Germany she meets and falls in love with Michael Templeton, an Englishman born and brought up in the district of Ulu Banir, where his father, Jonathan Templeton, now a Malaysian citizen, owns a plantation. In late 1973, Ai Lian returns home to be with her sick and dying father. The following February she pays the Templetons a long delayed visit. On the day of her arrival a murder takes place and Ai Lian is soon involved in trying to find the murderer. In the process she finds herself learning about racial prejudice, truth and deception, guilt and innocence, womanhood, love, and the way past silences echo into the present.

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