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The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw
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Feb 14, 2012

really liked it
Read from February 11 to 13, 2012

this was another oakland library discard pile scoop. i think i'd really give it 3.5 stars, but since i think it needs a pump up in rating i'm posting it as 4.

i love the idea of never hearing from the central character - jimmy. i wasn't able to form a clear picture of him from the 3 incredibly varied views of the narrators jasper [son], snow [wife], peter [friend]. i love how the narrative revolves around the "TRUTH" for each of them, and yet we are never quite clear what the truth really is. such is life. "real" life. and a plot device i've never seen used in this way [in other books at some point you hear from the main character usually].

i also admire greatly how each character has a completely distinct and very believable voice. their sense of self and character are completely apparent with in the framework of their sections.

i also am a sucker for all the metaphoric allusions. they were done well. i can see why it won awards and accolades. definitely worth a read. [the history about malayasia/china/communism/japaese invasion was also of interest]
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