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)

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