The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw

Review Summary The Harmony Silk Factory traces the story of textile merchant Johnny Lim, a Chinese peasant living in British Malaya in the first half of the twentieth century. Johnny’s factory is the most impressive structure in the region, and to the inhabitants of the Kinta Valley Johnny is a hero—a Communist who fought the …

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

Review Summary As you settle into the first page of The Garden of Evening Mists, Tan Twan Eng and his majestic prose will gently transport you into a painfully beautiful past. It’s Malaya, 1949. After studying law at Cambridge and time spent helping to prosecute Japanese war criminals, Yun Ling Teoh, herself the scarred lone survivor of …

Thursday Quotables: The Garden of Evening Mists

Many people who know me, especially those who know me as an academic, know that I am obsessed with memory studies. Memory, to me, is a beautiful facet of the human condition. It helps us navigate our own identities, to create who we are, and to connect to other people. We learn how to remember, …