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Book Title: Map of the Invisible World|
The author of the book: Tash Aw
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The size of the: 32.76 MB
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Reader ratings: 6.2
Edition: Fourth Estate (GB)
Date of issue: April 30th 2009
ISBN 13: 9780007289882
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I hate to say this, but I've found myself to possess a certain bias against stories set in Asia. Frequently they feel as though they're trying to do to many things, to take the full weight of the culture upon themselves as well as tell a coherent story, which makes them very beautiful and culturally significant, yes, but rarely makes them a good read. None of these concerns came up when reading Map. I read it in two breaths, broken up only because I stupidly decided to start reading at midnight and had to go to sleep halfway. I woke up and finished it the next day.
I realise that saying that has no significance to anyone except myself, so for context: I'm easily distracted, I multitask, and I rarely finish a book in one sitting.
Map reads smoothly but looks incredibly difficult to write, much less so elegantly. The characters aren't likeable or unlikeable - they sound like real people, never falling into the trap of becoming archetypes, which is often the hardest to achieve in fiction. The book feels deliberate, is variously funny ("Truth hurts, call me.) , and occasionally heartbreaking. It does things to you. And, perhaps the most significant thing for me, it made me want to pick up more books set in Asia.
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Read information about the authorBorn in Taiwan to Malaysian parents, Tash Aw grew up in Kuala Lumpur before moving to England in his teens. He studied law at the University of Cambridge and University of Warwick, then moved to London to write. After graduating he worked at a number of jobs, including as a lawyer for four years whilst writing his debut novel, which he completed during the creative writing course at the University of East Anglia. Based on royalties as well as prizes, Aw is the most successful Malaysian writer of recent years. Following the announcement of the Booker longlist, the Whitbread Award and his Commonwealth Writers' Prize, he became a celebrity in Malaysia and Singapore, and is now one of the most respected literary figures in Southeast Asia.
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