Book Beginnings – Ministry of Moral Panic by Amanda Lee Koh


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

I’m reading a short story collection by a Singaporean author called ‘Ministry of Moral Panic‘. I’ll leave you with the first lines of the next story I will be reading. The story is ‘Fourteen Entries from the Diary of Maria Hertogh’

I am only thirteen but I would like to tell you something: there is something far worse than not being loved by anybody, and that is being loved by everybody.

Also, the first line of the last story I loved from this collection titled ‘Love is no big truth’
There is no such thing in the world, as I cannot live without you; you cannot live without me. The earth spins. Time passes. Rice is eaten. What is there to disapprove?


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  1. Hi Violet,

    I’m not much of one for reading short stories, however I do agree that both those quotes work well as stand alone thoughts about real life.

    Life just seems so fast paced and uncaring of personal circumstances in today’s modern world, that it is almost a mistake to get too close to someone, as you inevitably end up by having to be self sufficient and a lone survivor at some point and unless you are prepared and able to cope, it will be all to easy to sink into oblivion.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope that you enjoy the rest of the book 🙂



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