Fables from the Raffles Hotel Arcade: A Collection of Short Stories
. Angsana Books . Singapore
PR9570.S52 F33 1995 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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These are eleven stories somehow pertinent to the Raffles Hotel. I have tried two of them and find them charming.The Envy Letters by Jan Pryor (74-81) tells of childhood days at the hotel. Relatives and friends would send postcards that the family came to know as envy letters. Now around the world the writer writes her own envy letters back to the Raffles Hotel. She Was a Lady by Rebecca Bilbao (118-27) presents views of a group of outsiders and then an insider's account of a young widow in black at the Raffles. The guesses and hints of others set readers up nicely for learning what the reality of this woman's life is. Unfortunately, several pages of this paperback book came separated even as I was reading it for this comment.