[Reading] ➾ The Harmony Silk Factory By Tash Aw – Turboville.co.uk

Memories are things to be buried They die, just as people do, and with their passing, all traces of the life they once touched are erased, for ever and completely.Despite my initial misgivings about the book and despite the fact that the book suffered from the pressures of having to read it for a book group, The Harmony Silk Factory turned out to be a fairly interesting read Mostly set in Malaysia just before the Japanese invasion, Aw created a stor Though Aw won the Whitbread First Novel Award for this book in 2005, I wasn t overly impressed Interesting for its references to Malay culture and society, I thought the novel very constructed The central character of the book, Johnny Lim, is discussed by his son, his wife and an old friend, all highlighting very different aspects of the man and all seeing him in very different lights Although the concept is intriguing and the conclusion valid, that the way you see the people around you depen Though Aw won the Whitbread First Novel Award for this book in 2005, I wasn t overly impressed Interesting for its references to Malay culture and society, I thought the novel very constructed The central character of the book, Johnny Lim, is discussed by his son, his wife and an old friend, all highlighting very different aspects of the man and all seeing him in very different lights Although the concept is intriguing and the conclusion valid, that the way you see the people around you depends on what information you have at your disposal, too often did parts of the individual stories feel unreal For example, the middle part of the book, excerpts from the diary of Johnny Lim s wife, leave too many que I have mixed feelings about The Harmony Silk Factory As I steadily progressed through the book, it reminded me of The Historian in terms of narrative Harmony Silk Factory tells the tale of a mysterious Chinese Communist by the name of Johnny in a colonial Malaya through the eyes of three perspectives.I enjoyed T Aw s detail and storytelling, it was well written And given the narrative style he took on, he sheds light on the tale of Johnny in different vignettes, allowing us to look at him in I have mixed feelings about The Harmony Silk Factory As I steadily progressed through the book, it reminded me of The Historian in terms of narrative Harmony Silk Factory tells the tale of a mysterious Chinese Communist by the name of Johnny in a colonial Malaya through the eyes of three perspectives.I enjoyed T Aw s detail The Harmony Silk Factory is a very good book It is a very light book as well, supple and nuanced, elegantly concealing and yielding its gems in the same movement It is not, however, a simple book, though it may appear as such to the simple reader who is unable to comprehend unreliable narration, or distinguish between a narratorial voice and the author function Much of Aw s concerns here revolve around the act of narrativizing itself, how history is a palimpsest, how perception and personal b The Harmony Silk Factory is a very good book It is a very light book as well, supple and nuanced, elegantly concealing and yielding its gems in the same movement It is not, however, a simple book, though it may appear as such to the simple reader who is unable to comprehend unreliable narration, or distinguish between a narratorial voice and the author function Much of Aw s concerns here revolve around the act of narrativizing itself, how history is a palimpsest, how perception and personal bias skew our reconstruction of the past To that extent, a huge portion of the book s emotional power flows out of the subtle misalignment and dislocation of perspective and memory The sadness of the reader is the sadness of solipsism, of seeing minds hopelessly adrift 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 Hero A 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. The story harkens one to Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness As the narrative on Johnny Lim, the owner of The Harmony Silk Factory evolves from three angles Jasper his purported son , Snow his wife who died after giving birth to Jasper and Peter English expat adrift in Malaya and Johnny s close friend our understanding of his underlying character becomesmuddied I love it that Aw teases us to reflect on who the real Johnny Lim is A liar and a cheat according to Jasper who starts off The story harkens one to Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness As the narrative on Johnny Lim, the owner of The Harmony Silk Factory evolves from three angles Jasper his purported son , Snow his The Harmony Silk Factory is a narrative dealing primarily with Malaysia prior to the Second World War also briefly discussing the situation during and after the war , as narrated by three distinct characters The first section, narrated by Jasper, the son of the infamous Johnny Lim possibly the protagonist, although we never hear from him directly , is interesting but not riveting Jasper is the classic unreliable narrator, hating his father so much that we know he can t be objective Second c The Harmony Silk Factory is a narrative dealing primarily with Malaysia prior to the Second World War also briefly discussing the situation during and after the war , as narrated by three distinct characters The first section, narrated by Jasper, the son of the infamous Johnny Lim possibly the protagonist, although we never hear from him directly , is interesting but not riveting Jasper is the classic unreliable narrator, hating his father so much that we know he can t be objective Second comes Snow, Jasper s mother and Johnny s wife, and here the narrative is bogged down in the minutiae of a jungle excursion I was reminded forcefully of Joseph Conrad s Heart of Darkness, both by the setting and the painfully slow pacing, although I m not convinced that Tash Aw is quite so profound Finally comes Peter, Johnn I bought this book a long time ago, but was put off by the start of Peter s account and have just finished re reading it the other day The book is divided into three segments narrated by three different narrators whose story circles around one man, Johnny Lim Narrated by his son, wife and good friend, the novel is about their stories as much as his At the end of the novel, Johnny remains as much a mystery as he was at the beginning Is he a cold and withdrawn father, traitor, communist and I bought this book a long time ago, but was put off by the start of Peter s account and have just finished re reading it the other day The book is divided into three segments narrated by three different narrators whose story circles around one man, Johnny Lim Narrated by his son, wife and good friend, the novel is about their stories as much as his A caveat as a British Chinese Malay, I can t read any of Tash Aw s books objectively, I just can t It s impossible to be completely so, of course, there will always be preconceived expectations going into a book, but he s writing about a country I have such a strong emotional tie to HIS LATEST BOOK FIVE STAR BILLIONAIRE, I M GONNA DIE Short short short review unreliable narrators Overlapping Rashomon perspectives The impact of British colonialism and Japanese invasion occupation Very br A caveat as a British Chinese Malay, I can t read any of Tash Aw s books objectively, I just can t It s impossible to be completely so, of course, there will always be preconceived expectations going into a book, but he s writing about a country I have such a strong emotional tie to HIS LATEST BOOK FIVE STAR BILLIONAIRE, I M GONNA DIE Short short short review unreliable narrators Overl .I spent most of the book thinking 75% of the characters were gay I m still not entirely sure if they were weren t I see that as a bonus and it s probably one of the reasons I enjoyed this. 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