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Catherine Lim is a Singaporean fiction author known for writing about Singapore society and traditional Chinese culture. Her notable works include "Or Else, the Lightning God and Other Stories" and "Leap of Love" which was released as the film The Leap Years by Singapore's Raintree Pictures in 2008.



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How long would you wait for love?

Catherine Lim’s ingenious novella, The Leap of Love was made into a movie. The Leap Years presents the relationship between a man and a woman who only meet once in a leap year due to circumstances beyond their control.

Poignant, it has the capacity to move one to tears, particularly toward the end of the story. I watched it in 2008 with two schoolmates, one of them who sat next to me began tearing at the end of the show. It is simply unimaginable how long one would wait for love, even a love that is uncertain throughout the years. The interlude between the couple meeting to finally getting together for good seemed interminably long.

Catherine Lim deserves to be applauded for her story. The Leap Years is a local film worth catching - a film that accurately portrays the genuine obstacles and patience of true love.

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(Updated: November 30, 2013)

Amazingly Touching

I remember my first encounter with Catherine Lim, not through any of her books or literary works, but in person. It was years ago, when I was a 13 year old boy struggling with his Literature assignment in the school library. That day, the library happened to have invited her as a guest speaker, and the very first thing she noticed as she walked in was a frustrated red faced boy, with his textbook open and foolscap papers scattered around the table.

She taught me to love the language of words, that literature was of beauty in itself. Its just all about following your heart, she told me, writers compose what emotions, feelings and perspectives that are boiling in their mind. Hence, treat not this mould of text as a solid obstacle, but as essence to open your mind to wonders beyond this world. Her words have lived with me till now, and I have always loved English for the beauty of it, not because it is an academic subject.

Her many literary works are really outstanding. One which I would like to bring readers' attention would be the 2008 movie 'The Leap Years'. This is a touching love story in which Li Ann, the protagonist, teaches her students that based on a belief from Ireland, men cannot refuse a proposal or a date if its on February 29. The subsequent plot that develops around it with Jeremy is simply so touching that it remains one of the most beautiful love stories I had ever seen.

Kudos to Catherine Lim!

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An icon of Singapore literature

Catherine Lim is one of the shining flowers of Singapore fiction. Her true-to-life stories are laced with wit and enhanced with local references that make them all the more relatable. I have been a devoted fan of hers since I was 11 years old, and have read several of her books, including Meet Me on the QE2, The Bondmaid, Little Ironies and The Teardrop Story Woman.

Her stories can be moving or utterly hilarious. If you don't have the patience to read an entire novel, you could pick up one of her many short story collections, like The Shadow of A Shadow of a Dream or the aforementioned Little Ironies. Every Singaporean will be able to relate to the fast-paced, yet rather self-absorbed narrative she employs on many of her stories. I have never come across a story of hers that I did not like. I encourage everyone to pick up a novel or short story collection and read away!

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