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The Harmony Silk Factory By Tash Aw

The Harmony Silk Factory
by Tash Aw

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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.

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The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw

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 businesses; Snow Soong, the beautiful daughter of one of the Kinta Valley's most prominent families, who dies giving birth to one of the novel's narrators; Kunichika, a Japanese officer who loves Snow too; and an Englishman, Peter Wormwood, who went to Malaysia like many English but never came back, who also loved Snow to the end of his life. A journey the four of them take into the jungle has a devastating effect on all of them, and brilliantly exposes the cultural tensions of the era.

Haunting, highly original, The Harmony Silk Factory is suspenseful to the last page.

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The Harmony Silk Factory Reviews


'A fine, strong, confident novel - and what a storyteller Tash Aw is. Unputdownable'
Doris Lessing

'The Harmony Silk Factory is an utterly remarkable debut. It's a dream of a novel, lovely and exquisite and intense, and reveals Tash Aw's already prodigious gift for storytelling; this young writer has come to us fully formed, and with the promise of a long and significant career.' Chang-rae Lee

'Bewitchingly written and gracefully assured ... The story Aw tells is mercilessly gripping and his prose is lucid, uncluttered, beautiful ... Aw orchestrates a graceful ballet of dissonances and congruences, of echoes and discords.' Neel Mukherjee, The Times

'Tash Aw's striking debut is as elusive as it is exotic. Aw is a skilled and sensitive writer' Daily Mail

'Absorbing ... a rich, intense novel ... The strength of Tash Aw's writing can be seen in the three narratives. Each voice is distinct and each offers a subtly different viewpoint, remaking the material afresh ... The beauty and danger of nature are everywhere in this delicately drawn novel' TLS

About Tash Aw


Tash Aw is a recent graduate of UEA. He is Malaysian by birth but now lives in London. This is his first novel.

Additional information

GOR001073069
The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw
Tash Aw
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2006-01-16
384
0007232284
9780007232284
Winner of Whitbread Book Awards: First Novel Category 2005
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.