New historical novel explores colonial Singapore

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Jaim Kaan’s ‘The Singapore Necklace’ depicts culture, romance and intrigue

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“The Singapore Necklace” blends elements of real history, culture and actual situations and things as of the year 1914, keeping even original names of places to maintain the novel’s authenticity.

Jaim Kaan’s new historical novel “The Singapore Necklace: A Secret Love Across Two Cultures” (published by AuthorHouse) uses the budding romance of two men in 1914 Singapore to explore the cultural and historical forces of the time.

Guy Lawson is a young British officer, and Shan Leong a youthful son of a wealthy tin-miner businessman. Their secret romance evolved in 1914 British Strait’s Settlements Singapore.
The young men’s fine journey took them to the now famous Raffles Hotel where they were confronted with the prevailing “Superior British” attitude.
The beautiful waterfalls in the lush jungles of the Malayan peninsula served as idyllic backgrounds. Unfortunately the effects of the 1915 Indian Mutiny interrupted the story of passion and delayed a happy eternal ending.

An excerpt from “The Singapore Necklace”:

“Instinctively they both then found out that by naturally and mutually reciprocating in the kissing, the sensation of delight increased. Guy was so glad and ecstatic that Shan was willingly responding to his kisses without hesitation – it was something that he had been wanting and imagining about for some time. Shan’s clear signs of indulgence made him more passionate and that moment his feelings for Shan became surer and stronger and a warm glow filled his entire being.”

“The Singapore Necklace” blends elements of real history, culture and actual situations and things as of the year 1914, keeping even original names of places to maintain the novel’s authenticity.

About the Author
Jaim Kaan has both Asian and European roots, not only in lineage but also in domicile, upbringing and education. He has a master’s degree in architecture from Europe and names painting as one of his better talents.
Through the years he has developed his interest in many different geographies, cultures and their forms of expression, languages and history. He recognizes the common threads that bind the four European languages he speaks and also can point at the influences these have on the colloquial of the Malay/Indonesian archipelago – inherited from the colonial past – besides the import of Sanskrit and Arabic words centuries before. Currently based in Singapore he can at times be found in Java, Bali Indochina, Africa or in Europe.

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