Stories from the Heart: An Insight of Real Life Experiences in Malaysia and in France
This book is all about feelings, which, as the author Wan Hua Chapouthier attests, are as old as the hills and which cannot be turned off from our lives the way we switch off a mobile phone, a compouter or the television set.
"Can one really stop feelings and hwat can stop feelings?" she asks, and confirms that "nothing and nobody can stop feelings" so the alternative suggested in her stories is to recognise them and then try to learn from experience.
Everyone harbours feelings, including even the seemingly impassive Ah Pek in the confines of his kopitiam in a small Malaysian town and the desolate French cobbler inside his stuffy shop along a quiet steret in Paris.
This collection of short stories written in a simple but readable style exposes a way of life that still existed only a few decades ago in Malaysia and in France when there more time for feeings and for cultivating human relations.
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