A tropical Geneva

Burgess returned to Singapore briefly in the early seventies, and the lion city ‘had become an over-clean town, a sort of tropical Geneva, and its prime minister had imposed a sub-fascist hygiene on most aspects of life….Dirty literature, filthy films and clean long hair were alike forbidden….the old humanising shabbiness…had been expunged….The sad thing about the great city was the official fear of a free culture. The chic and beauty of the women, the incredible variety of the cuisine, the stimulation and soothing of the senses, as well as the vigour of commerce, seemed to be regarded as enough.’ (YHYT p211-212)

Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: