Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Town Boy Launched in the US.
Lat's Town Boy, my favourite Lat book ever, has now been launched in the US, following what I can only assume is the successful launch of its prequel, Kampung Boy.
While Kampung Boy is fun and all, I am more attached to Town Boy because it takes place in Sungai Rokam (where I went to primary school) and Ipoh (where Lat went to secondary school). Sungai Rokam was (and still is, actually) a Malay housing estate developed in the '60s on the outskirts of Ipoh.
I hope those Americans enjoy it; they seemed to have liked Kampung Boy quite a bit. That's all very well. Lat's books are probably some of the very, very few things from this nation we can truly be proud of.