Honest memoirs from an extraordinary lady


Kaleidoscope: The Memoirs of P.G. Lim By P.G. Lim
Published by Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, Petaling Jaya (2012)

This much-awaited volume lives up to all reasonable expectations and should be read by anyone – historian, lawyer or layman – interested in Penang, in late colonialism and in the early history of Malaysia. The wealth of details and in language makes P.G. Lim’s narrative a poignant tale to enjoy and gives occasion for us to ponder the past. I heartily recommend it.

Biographies are difficult things to write, especially if they are about a public person. All the harder it is when the person being written about is doing the writing. Such a work necessarily takes a long time to write and requires painful soul-searching.

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