Title Profile & Character Information

Breaking the Tongue

Annotation
"This novel chronicles the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in World War II. Central to the story is one Chinese family. Claude, the son, raised along with his sister to be more British than the British, is profoundly ashamed of his own heritage. Humphrey, the father whose allegiance to the Empire blinds him to the idea of defeat, is also blind to the afternoon assignations of his decorative wife, Cynthia. Observing both the family and the larger landscape is the redoubtable Grandma Siok, whose sage advice and quotations from the ancient Art of War fall on deaf ears. And then there is Ling-Li, the elusive young woman - part nurse, part warrior - who guards secrets." "When the British defenses crumble, so too does Claude's world. Beset by war, betrayal, and, finally, torture, he is forced to acknowledge and embrace his true identity."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Characters
NameLim, Claude
GendersMale
 Male

NameLim, Humphrey
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsBusinessman
 Businessman
TraitsMarried
Father
Wealthy
Married
Father
Wealthy

NameGrandma Siok
GendersFemale
 Female
TraitsGrandmother
Grandmother

NameHan, Ling-li
GendersFemale
 Female
OccupationsNurse
 Spy
 Nurse
 Spy

GenreComing of age
Domestic
Fiction
Historical
War
TopicsFamily relationships
World War II
Japanese occupation
Horror of war
Espionage
Identity
Heritage
Loyalty
Duty
Family relationships
World War II
Japanese occupation
Horror of war
Espionage
Identity
Heritage
Loyalty
Duty
SettingSingapore
Singapore
Occupied country
Occupied country