Thursday, February 11, 2010

2010 book 41

Tash Aw's Map of the Invisible World
What starts off as a story about two orphaned brothers, adopted by different families in 1960s Indonesia, quickly becomes a story of those turbulent political times, as the younger brother's Dutch-born father is hauled away by the police and he tries desperately to track him down, with the help of an American woman from his father's past. This wasn't quite as good as Aw's first novel, The Harmony Silk Factory, but did a good job of vividly portraying Indonesia and its revolutionaries. B+/B.

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