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The Harmony Silk Factory

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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.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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 26mm | 258.55g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperPerennial
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0007232284
  • 9780007232284
  • 74,699

Review quote

'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' TLSshow more

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.show more

Rating details

1,750 ratings
3.42 out of 5 stars
5 13% (221)
4 36% (626)
3 36% (630)
2 12% (214)
1 3% (59)
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