The Harmony Silk Factory
7 journalers for this copy...
I didn't particularly like the first third (the son's perspective), but it got a lot better after that. I'm not sure whether it's a book I'll remember for a long time, but it was definitely a worthy read.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Sent to elhamisabel.
I hope you will all enjoy this book!
Finished it just now.
It was way better than The Accidental. ;-)
I liked the first two thirds very much. The last third started off rather slowly. I blame it on all those descriptive parts which are really not my cup of tea.
But it got better and in the end I think even the last third was good in itself.
I'm not sure if it should win the MBP, though.
I've already contacted lesezeichen for her address.
Edit 17.10.: Sent to CC today
Pustefix wants to wait so I contacted the next victim.
Good luck, barnhelm!
I was pretty compelled by Tash Aw´s debut: a tragic story on love and betrayal set at the end of the Bristish colonizing of the Malayan peninsula just before WWII.
The book is diveded into three parts, each accounting a different perspective, each one revealing its own truths about the life of infamous China-Malayan merchant Johnny Lim: First his son Jasper attempts to cover his father´s life, whom he hated so much. The second part consists of excerpts from Snow´s diary, Jasper´s mother (she had died at his birth), wherein she had put her true feelings about Johnny´s emerge and her relationship to Kunichika in 1941. Finally the old monk Peter Wormwood, an Englishman and close friend to Johnny, remembers his time with Johnny, Snow and Kunichika.
Cleverly constructed, Aw constantly offers different views and new perspectives on the real happenings, each narrator overturns inaccuracies presented in the previous version.
The only point I may critizise is that the last part is told boring and it is sometimes a bit difficult to keep along the story line. This is a pity, because at that time things fall together.
update on roundabout participants:
humptydumpty did on want to read the book at that time, when I asked her July 25. Maybe later on. The same case with urfin, because she had been still occupied with Rushie´s book. I finally sent the book off to pustefix in the beginning of September.
remaining possible readers: humptydumpty and urfin
this will travel back to quantaga now I suppose