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Tash Aw's debut novel, The Harmony Silk Factory (2006) is an impressive beginning. It is a complex historical-based novel set in Malaysia that showcases a skill in creating a number of distinct storytelling voices.

Tash Aw's debut novel, The Harmony Silk Factory (2006) is an impressive beginning. It is a complex story with the enigmatic Malaysian Chinese or/businessman Johnny Lim at the forefront of a story told from three separate points of view.

Tash Aw's mercurial debut novel opens with the enigmatic anti-hero dead and his disaffected son determined to stamp on the . It is left to the binding image of silk to hold everything together

Tash Aw's mercurial debut novel opens with the enigmatic anti-hero dead and his disaffected son determined to stamp on the grave. It is left to the binding image of silk to hold everything together. The process of the book seems to be encapsulated in Snow's description of a passage of music in which "the notes seemed to weave in and out of each other, no longer discernible, like a length of shot silk held up close to your eyes"; while Wormwood offers the observation of shifting memories being like "sensations that the years have layered on. top of the initial emptiness, like sheet after sheet of silk covering a bare table".

He wanted to close his doors to the world, to shut himself in his home with his books and furniture and fruit trees, but no: the call from China was becoming more urgent, more violent

He wanted to close his doors to the world, to shut himself in his home with his books and furniture and fruit trees, but no: the call from China was becoming more urgent, more violent. The Japanese were in Manchuria now and Chinese all over the world were being called to arms. These were times for action, the Party said, for the enemy was at the gate; but all Tiger longed for was to grow the perfect guava.

The Harmony Silk Factory book. This debut novel from Tash Aw gives us an exquisitely written look into another culture at a moment of crisis

The Harmony Silk Factory book. 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. 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.

Clearly Tash Aw is a writer to watch, with a first book anyone who travels by fiction will want to read. For nearly forty years the Harmony Silk Factory was the most notorious establishment in the country, but now it stands empty and silent and dusty

Clearly Tash Aw is a writer to watch, with a first book anyone who travels by fiction will want to read. San Francisco Chronicle. Bewitchingly written and gracefully assured. Aw makes the most of the exoticism of his setting. The story Aw tells is mercilessly gripping and his prose is lucid, uncluttered, beautiful. For nearly forty years the Harmony Silk Factory was the most notorious establishment in the country, but now it stands empty and silent and dusty. Death erases all traces, all memories of lives that once existed, completely and forever. That is what Father sometimes told me.

The Harmony Silk Factory. New York : Riverhead Books

The Harmony Silk Factory. New York : Riverhead Books. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; americana. Running an impressive Chinese silk factory in the Malaysian region throughout the first half of the twentieth century, Johnny Lim finds his life complicated by his son's belief that he uses the factory as a front for illegal businesses.

The Harmony Silk Factory 12-copy signed prepack. His first novel, The Harmony Silk Factory, was published in 2005. lieutenant also made it to the long-list of the world"s prestigious 2007 International Impac Dublin Award and the Guardian First Book Prize

The Harmony Silk Factory 12-copy signed prepack. lieutenant also made it to the long-list of the world"s prestigious 2007 International Impac Dublin Award and the Guardian First Book Prize. Aw cites his literary influences as Joseph Conrad, Vladimir Nabokov, Anthony Burgess, William Faulkner and Gustave Flaubert. A landmark work of fiction from one of Britain’s most exciting new writers: The Harmony Silk Factory is a devastating love story set against the turmoil of mid-twentieth century Malaysia. Set in Malaysia in the 1930s and 40s, with the rumbling of the Second World War in the background and the Japanese about to invade, The Harmony Silk Factory is the story of four people: Johnny, an infamous Chinaman – a salesman, a fraudster, possibly a murderer – whose shop house, The Harmony Silk Factory, he uses as a front for his illegal.

The Harmony Silk Factory (2005) is Tash Aw's critically acclaimed first novel, set in 1940s British-ruled Malaya, which is now called Malaysia. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won the Whitbread Book Awards for First Novel Award. The novel incorporates some historical events, and its characters may temporarily take the roles of real people, for example Johnny Lim acts as Lai Teck in the Batu Caves massacre, though there is otherwise little similarity between them.

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The Harmony Silk Factory 12-copy signed prepack epub download

ISBN13: 978-1573224550

ISBN: 1573224553

Author: Tash Aw

Category: Other

Subcategory: Humanities

Language: English

Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (March 31, 2005)

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Rating: 4.5

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Malaunitly
Laughably bad writing mixed with some evocative imagery makes this an odd read. Unable to leave unfinished any book, no matter how bad, I got through this one by sheer will power.

Three voices have a part in telling some aspect of the life of Johnny the pre-Malay Independence-era ethnic Chinese gangster. One, Johnny's son Jasper, is very poorly thought-out and realized (he's part omniscient narrator who knows all kinds of facts like a mass murder in a cave and yet, like a second person, ends his story because he would rather go for a swim than open gifts which will undoubtedly resolve his narrative). The second, the daughter of a wealthy Chinese landowner (Johnny's wife Snow), is told in diary form bordering on the ridiculous and hilarious (see Shamela). The third is the most interesting, a romantic dandy named Peter who becomes Johnny's best friend. But it doesn't save the story.

The novel's greatest flaw is the lack of believability of both the contemporary behavior of Snow (an aristocratic young woman like her would never have behaved the way she did... both sexually and living rough in the aftermath of a failed sea crossing) and her voice as written on the page was just NOT a pampered young woman of her era.

Not historic in feel, except for some of the atmospheric descriptions of landscape and setting by Jasper and Peter. There have GOT to be better writings set in colonial Malaya.
Malaunitly
Laughably bad writing mixed with some evocative imagery makes this an odd read. Unable to leave unfinished any book, no matter how bad, I got through this one by sheer will power.

Three voices have a part in telling some aspect of the life of Johnny the pre-Malay Independence-era ethnic Chinese gangster. One, Johnny's son Jasper, is very poorly thought-out and realized (he's part omniscient narrator who knows all kinds of facts like a mass murder in a cave and yet, like a second person, ends his story because he would rather go for a swim than open gifts which will undoubtedly resolve his narrative). The second, the daughter of a wealthy Chinese landowner (Johnny's wife Snow), is told in diary form bordering on the ridiculous and hilarious (see Shamela). The third is the most interesting, a romantic dandy named Peter who becomes Johnny's best friend. But it doesn't save the story.

The novel's greatest flaw is the lack of believability of both the contemporary behavior of Snow (an aristocratic young woman like her would never have behaved the way she did... both sexually and living rough in the aftermath of a failed sea crossing) and her voice as written on the page was just NOT a pampered young woman of her era.

Not historic in feel, except for some of the atmospheric descriptions of landscape and setting by Jasper and Peter. There have GOT to be better writings set in colonial Malaya.
Purebinder
Tash Aw's debut novel, The Harmony Silk Factory (2006) is an impressive beginning. It is a complex historical-based novel set in Malaysia that showcases a skill in creating a number of distinct storytelling voices. It is a complex story with the enigmatic Malaysian Chinese communist/collaborator/businessman Johnny Lim at the forefront of a story told from three separate points of view. Lim, is linked to all three characters intimately, but none of them really know him or connect with him. The first part of the story "Johnny" is told from the point of view of his only son, Jasper, who survived a difficult childbirth that took the life of his mother. Jasper's story is told from the perspective of a journalist who has heavily researched his subject. His father remains a cypher at his death. Part Two: "1941" is essentially Snow's diary which records the events of 1941, prior to the Japanese occupation of Malaya, in which she is wed to Johnny and takes a vacation/honeymoon with Johnny, his best friend Peter Wormwood (an eccentric Englishman), Honey (a typical colonial Englishman who owns a tin mine), and the suave and later diabolical Kunichika. They travel to some uninhabited islands and their lives are forever changed by the events that take place there. Part Three, "The Garden," is told from the point of view of Peter who alternates from his present as an again old man planning a garden at his rest home and the events of the past in which all of the characters were inextricably entwined. I like how Aw uses the novel to describe pre-WWII Malaya and life in the Kinta Valley. All in all quite a mature work fiction and I look forward to reading his subsequent novels: Map of the Invisible World and Five Star Billionaire.
Purebinder
Tash Aw's debut novel, The Harmony Silk Factory (2006) is an impressive beginning. It is a complex historical-based novel set in Malaysia that showcases a skill in creating a number of distinct storytelling voices. It is a complex story with the enigmatic Malaysian Chinese communist/collaborator/businessman Johnny Lim at the forefront of a story told from three separate points of view. Lim, is linked to all three characters intimately, but none of them really know him or connect with him. The first part of the story "Johnny" is told from the point of view of his only son, Jasper, who survived a difficult childbirth that took the life of his mother. Jasper's story is told from the perspective of a journalist who has heavily researched his subject. His father remains a cypher at his death. Part Two: "1941" is essentially Snow's diary which records the events of 1941, prior to the Japanese occupation of Malaya, in which she is wed to Johnny and takes a vacation/honeymoon with Johnny, his best friend Peter Wormwood (an eccentric Englishman), Honey (a typical colonial Englishman who owns a tin mine), and the suave and later diabolical Kunichika. They travel to some uninhabited islands and their lives are forever changed by the events that take place there. Part Three, "The Garden," is told from the point of view of Peter who alternates from his present as an again old man planning a garden at his rest home and the events of the past in which all of the characters were inextricably entwined. I like how Aw uses the novel to describe pre-WWII Malaya and life in the Kinta Valley. All in all quite a mature work fiction and I look forward to reading his subsequent novels: Map of the Invisible World and Five Star Billionaire.
Garr
In as much as I want to praise a fellow Chinese, I can't. Simply because I haven't got my money's worth. For a start, the story is boring. Nothing interesting happens in the book. Not that narratives are boring per ser but Tash doesn't have the same literary prowess as Anthony Burgess or Valdimir Nabokov to wring out lyrical exposition. In fact, many parts of the prose read like essays written by English 'O' level students (equivalent of American high school.) Next, where's the conflict? Where's the suspense and tension? If this book is judged according to the LOCK system of writing instructor James Scott Bell, it shouldn't get past the editors for publication.

The dialogue is also hopeless. For example, on pages 141/2, the author writes: 'It was in the middle of the monsoon season...And then he came into view, splashing through the puddles on the muddy track through the plantation. Blah, blah, blah.." Fine, we are told it's raining. Wait till you read the next sentence. ' "It is raining," he said.' Why is the character -- already soaking wet -- saying the obvious?

Apart from geographical errors as pointed out by another reviewer, there are also several factual errors. On page 142, for example, the author writes: "...and walk barefoot over glowing embers of coal..." This is nonsense. Hindus celebrating Thaipusam in Malaysia don't walk on burning coals. There is also mention of Tiger Tan dealing in songket. During that era, I'm dead sure no Chinaman ever traded in songket which is produced by Malays, and worn by them on special occasions.

Now, the choice of Kampar as the setting of the story is really silly. Up till the 1970's, Kampar was a one-road town. So, imagine how dead it was in the 1940's? It's certainly impossible for Tiger Tan to do a roaring business with his textile shop in Kampar, even with Johnny doing canvassing on bicycle. Next point concerns the epic Battle of Kampar in 1941, which is not mentioned in the book. Finally, the cultural elements in several scenes (the shadow puppet play, for example) don't blend naturally into the story but appear like they are forced into it to teach the reader something.

Don't you believe any of the rave reviews on the back and front covers of the book. They were just engineered by the publisher as sales gimmicks. And in the blurb, they even have the gall to compare the author with Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham and Anthony Burgess. Tash Aw is nowhere near them.
Garr
In as much as I want to praise a fellow Chinese, I can't. Simply because I haven't got my money's worth. For a start, the story is boring. Nothing interesting happens in the book. Not that narratives are boring per ser but Tash doesn't have the same literary prowess as Anthony Burgess or Valdimir Nabokov to wring out lyrical exposition. In fact, many parts of the prose read like essays written by English 'O' level students (equivalent of American high school.) Next, where's the conflict? Where's the suspense and tension? If this book is judged according to the LOCK system of writing instructor James Scott Bell, it shouldn't get past the editors for publication.

The dialogue is also hopeless. For example, on pages 141/2, the author writes: 'It was in the middle of the monsoon season...And then he came into view, splashing through the puddles on the muddy track through the plantation. Blah, blah, blah.." Fine, we are told it's raining. Wait till you read the next sentence. ' "It is raining," he said.' Why is the character -- already soaking wet -- saying the obvious?

Apart from geographical errors as pointed out by another reviewer, there are also several factual errors. On page 142, for example, the author writes: "...and walk barefoot over glowing embers of coal..." This is nonsense. Hindus celebrating Thaipusam in Malaysia don't walk on burning coals. There is also mention of Tiger Tan dealing in songket. During that era, I'm dead sure no Chinaman ever traded in songket which is produced by Malays, and worn by them on special occasions.

Now, the choice of Kampar as the setting of the story is really silly. Up till the 1970's, Kampar was a one-road town. So, imagine how dead it was in the 1940's? It's certainly impossible for Tiger Tan to do a roaring business with his textile shop in Kampar, even with Johnny doing canvassing on bicycle. Next point concerns the epic Battle of Kampar in 1941, which is not mentioned in the book. Finally, the cultural elements in several scenes (the shadow puppet play, for example) don't blend naturally into the story but appear like they are forced into it to teach the reader something.

Don't you believe any of the rave reviews on the back and front covers of the book. They were just engineered by the publisher as sales gimmicks. And in the blurb, they even have the gall to compare the author with Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham and Anthony Burgess. Tash Aw is nowhere near them.
Xisyaco
Conflicting points of view from three narrators beautifully constructed and written.
Xisyaco
Conflicting points of view from three narrators beautifully constructed and written.
Lesesshe
I am a somewhat disappointed in the book - The Harmoney Silk Road. Not what I was led to believe as the bit of a picture of the country of Malaysia. I am very familary with the country and with some of it's very interesting history. The story was from a very Chinese perspective; does not touch on colonialism, does not mention the rich and deep culture of the Malays or the variety of indigenous people. In addition, it could have given some depth and story re the British, and or the Dutch and their role in shaping of that time period.
Lesesshe
I am a somewhat disappointed in the book - The Harmoney Silk Road. Not what I was led to believe as the bit of a picture of the country of Malaysia. I am very familary with the country and with some of it's very interesting history. The story was from a very Chinese perspective; does not touch on colonialism, does not mention the rich and deep culture of the Malays or the variety of indigenous people. In addition, it could have given some depth and story re the British, and or the Dutch and their role in shaping of that time period.