✓ The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza || ß PDF Read by ↠ Cyril Wong

By Cyril Wong | Comments: ( 948 ) | Date: ( May 30, 2020 )

An unsentimental yet moving narrative, a sobering alternative to Dead Poets Society and To Sir, With Love With its deep probing look at the teaching profession, it unveils a rich array of themes homosexual awakening, human actions and consequences, the individual in conflict with society, and most compellingly, the nature of perhaps the most noble and difficult of vocati An unsentimental yet moving narrative, a sobering alternative to Dead Poets Society and To Sir, With Love With its deep probing look at the teaching profession, it unveils a rich array of themes homosexual awakening, human actions and consequences, the individual in conflict with society, and most compellingly, the nature of perhaps the most noble and difficult of vocations Boey Kim Cheng, author of Clear BrightnessOne last time and on her birthday, Rose de Souza is returning to school to give a final lesson to her classroom of secondary school boys before retiring from her long teaching career What ensues is an unexpected confession in which she recounts the tragic and traumatic story of Amir, a student from her past who overturned the way she saw herself as a teacher, and changed her life forever.This stunning first novel from award winning poet Cyril Wong is a tour de force, an exceptional examination of the power of choice and the unreliability of memory.


  • Title: The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza
  • Author: Cyril Wong
  • ISBN: 9789810762322
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Cyril Wong

Cyril Wong is the Singapore Literature Prize winning author of a dozen collections of poetry, including Unmarked Treasure 2004 , Tilting Our Plates to Catch the Light 2007 , The Dictator s Eyebrow 2013 , After You 2014 and The Lover s Inventory 2015 His novel, The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza 2013 , and short story collection, Ten Things My Father Never Taught Me and Other Stories 2014 , were published by Epigram Books.



Comments The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza

  • Felicia

    I simultaneously pitied and wanted to punch Mrs de Souza. Cyril has created a fantastically believable character in her.


  • Dr_Savage

    Wong is a decent stylist but that's not quite enough to save the book for me. The characters feel two-dimensional, and while this is fair enough in the case of Amir (who exists only in his former teacher's tormented recollections and daydreams), it's a problem that the narrator, too, isn't interesting enough to sustain the reader's attention or arouse much sympathy. The basic problem is that the rash action she took all those years ago, and which she has never ceased to regret, comes across as p [...]


  • Sabrina Loh

    A deceptively short and undramatic book that exposes a simple truth: never trust the narratives we tell regarding ourselves. Also, the road to hell can be paved with good intentions. Mrs De Souza is clearly unhinged; and the sparse writing does not hide this or couch this in over-description. An unsettling first-person perspective that is not to be trusted, even as the book allows for us to judge De Souza on our own terms.


  • Li Sian

    I wasn't expecting this slim novel to bowl me away - short though it is, Cyril Wong's story about a woman who teaches her last class the day before retirement somehow achieves the unhurried and considering voice which strips away the layers of self-presentation - and -delusion - of the titular character. As one might expect from a Cyril Wong work, 'The Last Lesson of Mrs de Souza' is full of meditations on culture, society, voice, spirituality, and spiritual death. I found his mastery of voice i [...]


  • Christine

    A quiet, strange, unexpectedly disturbing story of an aging teacher's regrets. I wouldn't say I liked it, but the story has lingered with me - haunted me, bothered me - and I applaud the writer for that. Mrs. de Souza was never fully fleshed out to me, but as we only know of her what she wants to tell us, it's to be expected that she remains somewhat mysterious, unknowable. I certainly did not understand why she - an older woman brought up in conservative Singapore - would have chosen to do what [...]


  • Fiona

    The prose is stylish and precise. The narrative structure, though initially daunting because of the temporal to-and-fros, was surprisingly easy to follow. It was so compelling that I finished this within half an hour, but its haunting effects stayed with me till a few hours later. The last lesson of Mrs De Souza had a last lesson for the retiring teacher, though as it with all lessons, one wonders if she had retained any of it.


  • Jeffrey Tham

    I absolutely hated the protagonist, but making me hate her is clearly deliberate--an interesting strategy by the novel. I think De Souza's sense of self-delusion is reflected in the (almost too-simple) structure of the narrative. Also, I was "Amir" once, facing the things that he did in the story, so I can relate.


  • mm

    A rambling walk down memory lane that required a tighter editing hand. Premise is good but execution isn't of the quality I expected having read wong's books of poetry n enjoyed them. But still a good read.


  • Déwi Adam

    The sentiment of the story was a good one but it dragged on and was too predictable.


  • Evelyn

    When a poet like Cyril Wong writes prose, it turns out exceptionally visually compelling. I felt as though I could literally see and picture Mrs de Souza and her classroom of students, and the field outside the window. But what made this novel even more impactful was the sudden ending. It's hard to cope with the sudden revelation at the end, and the character's trauma. But that's what makes it so haunting for the reader. Even after putting down the book, the characters remain so alive in my mind [...]


  • Yifarn Loo

    This is clearly about a teacher's first-person, unreliable narrative and the more we read into her almost surreal "story", the more we simultaneously feel for her and distrust her at the same time. One appreciates how the novel seems to exist in the fictionalised interim between an actual Singapore and an anonymous place that isn't Singapore at all; much like how De Souza's memories are real-yet-unreal (like any recollection in any ontological sense, whether a result of self-delusion or the impe [...]


  • Kavita

    Touching and tragic.


  • azzy.

    Haunting and poignant.


  • Olivia

    Unfortunatly less stellar than I'd hoped. After the first two chapters or so, I could signpost where it was heading, and none of the major plot points shocked me at all. It was simply too bland, and for something so life changing, that's criminal. And perhaps shock wasn't the point, perhaps psyche was meant to be the focus, but that didn't draw me in either. It was too draggy, yet too underdrawn. Her self-pity was way too cloying. I'd enjoyed Cyril's short stories, and perhaps that was what this [...]


  • Michael

    The blurbs damn this book with false praise. It reads well but I get the nagging feeling of being told what the story is, instead of being shown what it is about.Mrs de Souza seems to come across about being untethered mentally at times and her narration of what happens to a past pupil Amir doesn't really do much for me in understanding her mindset and doesn't extend and explore the plot further.The use of "I" locks the reader into seeing the story through Mrs de Souza's eyes and since most of w [...]


  • Tricia

    I know this book was written with good intention, but as much as I wanted to like it, the plot and dialogue in the book felt very contrived and the ending (spoiler alert: a letter that sat unnoticed for years suddenly surfacing?) did not sit well with me. It could have been a short story, but instead dragged out into a novel. That said, there were beautiful bouts of prose that I enjoyed. Maybe I should try reading the author's poetry instead. ;)


  • Jacky

    Honestly it didn't sustain my interest throughout. The story was too long drawn and wasn't very interesting. I expected to get more out of it.


  • Desilu Anne Nair

    A poignant book that was very well written! Enjoyed the themes and sub-themes, the most powerful of which was that of Mrs de Souza's regrets.


  • jin jie

    sometimes, life does not require happy endings


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