Torment of Forbidden Love
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Chin Po is a successful medical doctor working in a private practice in Perth, Australia, and struggling to adapt to an unfulfilling marriage—an attempt plagued by thoughts of a long-lost love. Originally from the island of Borneo, he left home as a teenager after he lost his first love under strange circumstances. The trauma of the forced separation left him unable to feel deep emotion for any reason, whether joy or misery—a circumstance drastically affecting his marriage and his life as a whole. One day, however, a psychic patient sees through Chin’s camouflage of smiling calm and senses his empty inner world. Working with other psychics, she reveals details of Chin’s past that he had not known and helps him unravel the reasons for the loss of his first love more than forty years ago. Will this newfound knowledge help Chin find peace? This tale of romance and psychological intrigue explores the power that thwarted love may exert in a person’s life.
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Oct 19, 2016This third-person narration of Chin Po’s thwarted first love and consequent unresolved emotional pain begins in 1960’s Borneo until the present time. He leaves for Australia as a young man to further his English and studies to be a doctor, all the while tormented by his loss. It is made worse by a few emerging clues of subversive family meddling, the real cause as to what happened to the girl he could never forget. I particularly enjoyed the details of his student vacation work in a West Australian sawmill, which showed Chin’s resolute determination to win through hard, physical challenges as well as his huge emotional burden. I wish there had been more examples like this to balance a very ‘Asian’ story. As a ‘Westerner’, I found the early part of the book fascinating for its details of day to day life in a country I know little of.
Jul 25, 2015This is a love story - the story of Chin Po, who is brought up in Sarawak but later moves to Australia. He falls passionately in love at a young age but his love, as he later discovers, is secretly and tragically thwarted by a third party. Following the lovers' contrived separation Chin's passion does not abate but an inner anguish sets in and pervades his life to the extent that even intense study, marriage and a busy professional work routine fail to quash feelings of utter emptiness and his yearning for his old girl-friend. Chin's loneliness is echoed in a constant refrain, 'Who cares?' This is a touching, psychological account of one man's desperate quest to regain contact with a lost love and to find inner equilibrium. It is in places both lyrical and poetic with a narrative that flows well, holds the interest and makes it easy for the reader to empathise with his plight. Only later in life, as Chin encounters mediums, psychics and clairvoyants in his quest does he gradually... More > discover the importance of articulating and showing his deeper feelings and of accepting his vulnerable inner self. Many readers will identify with the passion and agony of a lost first love, and the need to find peace and 'move on' in later life. It is a heartfelt account of 'torment' caused by such a loss but you will need to read the story to learn the secret of how it became 'forbidden' and prevented from blossoming naturally. Does Chin ever find his true love again ? Buy the book and find out ! This is a short (149 pages), easy to read novel which put me in mind of the film, 'Sliding Doors' - cleverly showing how small events or twists of fate can have momentous effects on the direction that our future lives take.< Less
Jul 16, 2015A truly touching story of romance, struggles, sacrifices and ultimately success. A MUST HAVE book. Story great for a movie too, won't miss it.
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- Kheng Chiang Si (Standard Copyright License)
- March 13, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.65 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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