by David Leo
In this thoughtful and vivid novel of a teacher reminiscing on his teaching days at a neighbourhood school in the 1970s, the unnamed protagonist ponders on the essence of education in our schools: how does it prepare students for life? What is the role of a teacher after school hours? And what happens after one drops out/finishes schooling?
From the endearing student characters of Kim Huat, Ah Beng and Mui Hoong to the colourful personalities in the staffroom, Shakespeare Can Wait plunges you into the daily, but certainly not mundane, life of a school in a working-class hamlet. At the heart of the novel, it is about a teacher who never stopped being one.
About the Author
David Leo is an accomplished writer with 11 books to his name. He has produced a wide repertoire of works that include poetry and prose. He was awarded the Publisher’s Prize for fiction (Ah... The Fragrance of Durians), NBDCS commendation (The Sins of the Fathers & Other Stories) and Singapore Literature Prize commendation (Wives, Lovers & Other Women). A fourth collection of short stories (News At Nine) is a recommended secondary school text.
Some of his short stories have been adapted for the stage and television. In 2003, two of his short stories, “Picnic” and “The Story of a Good Man” were adapted for MediaCorp TV12’s The Singapore Short Story Project.
Leo was also a judge in the nation’s prestigious NAC/SPH Golden Point Award competition for short stories in English in 2001. A compulsive writer who derives intense pleasure from thinking about stories and poems in his every spare moment, David Leo is never short of inspiration. His prose is sincere, engaging and always with a hint of nostalgia.
Other titles by David Leo:
Life's So Like Dat (2008)
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Dimension: 130mm x 200mm