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by Tash Aw

eBook The Harmony Silk Factory download ISBN: 0007193815
Author: Tash Aw
Publisher: 4th Estate; Limited edition (2005)
Language: English
Pages: 288
ePub: 1397 kb
Fb2: 1222 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary

PRAISE FOR The Harmony Silk Factory. Clearly Tash Aw is a writer to watch, with a first book anyone who travels by fiction will want to read.

PRAISE FOR The Harmony Silk Factory. A beautifully composed and memorable story about life and death in this, for us, still rather remote part of the world. a story quite mesmerizing for anyone unfamiliar with the territory. 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.

Tash Aw's mercurial debut novel opens with the enigmatic anti-hero dead and his disaffected son determined to stamp .

Tash Aw's mercurial debut novel opens with the enigmatic anti-hero dead and his disaffected son determined to stamp on the grave. We learn how Johnny Lim - a natural whiz with machines - stabbed an English mine owner in Malaya during the second world war, went on the run, and established himself as a local legend in the featureless Kinta valley.

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 or/businessman Johnny Lim at the forefront of a story told from three separate points of view.

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 won the 2005 Whitbread First Novel Award and also made it to the 2005 Man Booker longlist.

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.

The Harmony Silk Factory. 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.

Tash Aw. (It is raining heavily today so we are confined to our rooms for a while. There was a string quartet playing while we had our dinner. There was a string quartet playing while we had our dinner e hotel had arranged the quartet especially for us. We’re a long way from anywhere, Peter said. Where on earth would they have found four viol-playing fossils at such short notice? Look at them. They were very old Chinese men with bent spines. Their dinner jackets had a greenish hue and were badly frayed.

Tash Aw, whose real name is Aw Ta-Shi (Simplified Chinese: 歐大旭; born 4 October 1971) is a writer living in London. His first novel, "The Harmony Silk Factory", was published in 2005. After Malaysian journalists reported that he had been paid over £500,000 for the novel, The Star and The New Straits Times called him the "RM3. The novel was longlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize and won the 2005 Whitbread Book Awards First Novel Award as well as the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel (Asia Pacific region).

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Comments: (7)
Arakus
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.
Adoraris
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.
Butius
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.
Ariurin
Conflicting points of view from three narrators beautifully constructed and written.
Freaky Hook
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.