小说叙事背景是一个华人甘榜，新马两国上个世纪好几代人成长的集体记忆。 这个本土实际存在过的小村落，经过岁月洗礼、时代变迁，如今已是一个繁华的卫星小镇。作者自幼随母辗转移居双口鼎一村，在乡村里度过快乐多彩的童年，村民朴实的生活看似平静无波，其实在每个大时代的巨轮碾过的轨迹下，平凡的故事背后都是一个个抹不掉的印记。 小说除了以较大篇幅叙述作者从出生到童年的际遇之外，也叙述进入中学以后的两个历史场景：新加坡513学运，以及随后衍生的左翼组织“中学联”的反黄反殖抗争。 这是一部自传体小说，将个人经历与时代氛围冶于一炉。 作者巧妙地在心中安排了一匹会说话的马儿。他心中的马儿，总是有理，总是那么有智慧。不听它的也不行。 当时的中学生对独立运动都怀有憧憬，对于华校生来说，相对于金发碧眼的大英帝国殖民政府，他们对祖先或父辈所来自的华夏大地更有一种孺慕向往之情。比较狂热的社运分子甚至还会舍下一切，回神州去建立“新中国”；而那时共产主义也在此萌芽茁壮，513事件、中学联都是反殖民的学生运动，阿日所经历的其实就是作者本身少年时期的写照，青梅竹马的金桂搬走了，亲切热情的李老师被驱逐回中国，神秘的东高地完全消失在熟悉的丛林里，一切仿佛如梦境般那么不真实，少年阿日在懵懂中告别了这些成长岁月的过客。唯一没有弃他而去的，除了挚爱的母亲，就是那匹时时对他耳提面命的马儿了。
Lingzi Media 玲子传媒
Lingzi Media Private Limited is a young publishing company rooted in Chinese culture and with Chinese as our main language of publishing. First established in 1993 as Lingzi Mass Media Centre in 1993, we started off with book and magazine designing as our core business. At the same time, we also embarked on publishing, printing and related activities. Following a change of name to Lingzi Media Private Limited in early 1997, we went full steam ahead as a book publisher and distributor. With gradually increasing staff strength in our editorial and design departments and the addition of a printing department, we were able to provide quality, efficient one-stop services to customers. Over the years, we have built up a sound reputation in the Singapore publishing circle as a publisher cum distributor of Chinese literature books, reference books and educational books.
To meet the demands of changing times, we are diversifying our publishing and distributing activities to do our part in injecting new life and vitality into the Singapore book market and opening up new vistas for the reading public.
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9. I have received a faulty item, how do I go about exchanging it?
We take great care to pack your books carefully. However, in the event that your order is damaged (major dents) or faulty (missing pages, mis-prints), we will look into making a one-to-one exchange. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org the picture of the damaged book, and we will dispatch a new book for you, and collect back the previous copy.