114 The Harmony Silk Factory

by rpfajardo

Tash Aw writes with effortless grace crisp clarity. His prose is amazingly clean as though an antiseptic aroma emanates from it.

His “The Harmony Silk Factory” feels so honest that I find myself in absolute agreement, even if I’m not sure I understand completely, when Kunichika counsels Snow, “Life is a palimpsest. You must believe it.” Or when Peter assures Johnny, “Principles are one thing, survival is another.”

Yet, at the same time, “The Harmony Silk Factory” manages to pull off subtle but gripping cliffhangers. I didn’t realize I was trying to figure out Jasper’s real father. Who or what killed Honey. What Johnny did for the Japanese, if he did collaborate with them.

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