Monday, July 09, 2007

The Harmony Silk Factory

Malyasian-British author Tash Aw's first novel won the Whitbread Award in 2005. Written in three parts, each part by a different narrator, it tells the story of Johnny Lim, a controversial figure in 1940's Malaysia. The interesting thing is that depending on who is telling the story, you get a different impression of him from each speaker. By the end of the book and the third narrator, in fact, I found myself going back to the beginning to read what the first speaker said about the same incidents.
I now ask myself why I waited so long to read this book. I loved it.


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