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The Harmony Silk Factory
The Harmony Silk Factory | Tash Aw
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Joseph Conrad, W. Somerset Maugham, and Anthony Burgess have shaped our perceptions of Malaysia. In Tash Aw, we now have an authentic Malaysian voice that remaps this literary landscape. The Harmony Silk Factory traces the story of textile merchant Johnny Lim, a Chinese peasant living in British Malaya in the first half of the twentieth century. Johnny's factory is the most impressive structure in the region, and to the inhabitants of the Kinta Valley Johnny is a heroa Communist who fought the Japanese when they invaded, ready to sacrifice his life for the welfare of his people. But to his son, Jasper, Johnny is a crook and a collaborator who betrayed the very people he pretended to serve, and the Harmony Silk Factory is merely a front for his father's illegal businesses. This debut novel from Tash Aw gives us an exquisitely written look into another culture at a moment of crisis. The Harmony Silk Factory won the 2005 Whitbread First Novel Award and also made it to the 2005 Man Booker longlist.
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batsy I've never seen that racy cover for the Faber before! 5y
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SusanLee
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This book started off strong, intriguing and I did enjoy Jasper's views and memories of his father. However Snow's part was a filler for me and somehow it did come across to me that Peter is Jasper's real father. So no surprise reaching the third part where Peter is the narrator. Here I was most lost as it was lull though it did fill in the gaps between Johnny and Snow. Overall an interesting read.

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Tarlia
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For Liberty and her Fun Friday Photo project! Most of my signed books are by authors with Malaysian roots. I picked one that the rest of the reading world might have heard of. ;P I met Tash Aw at a lit fest in KL and attended one of his workshops.