We, The Survivors




      We, The Survivors
A murderer s confession devastating, unblinking, poignant, unforgettable which reveals a story of class, education and the inescapable workings of destiny.Ah Hock is an ordinary, uneducated man born in a Malaysian fishing village and now trying to make his way in a country that promises riches and security to everyone, but delivers them only to a chosen few With Asian society changing around him, like many he remains trapped in a world of poorly paid jobs that just about allow him to keep his head above water but ultimately lead him to murder a migrant worker from Bangladesh.In the tradition of Camus and Houellebecq, Ah Hock s vivid and compelling description of the years building up to this appalling act of violence told over several days to a local journalist whose life has taken a different course is a portrait of an outsider like no other, an anti nostalgic view of human life and the ravages of hope It is the work of a writer at the peak of his powers. Read We, The Survivors – heartforum.co.uk

Born 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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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • We, The Survivors
  • Tash Aw
  • English
  • 04 December 2017
  • 0008318549

10 thoughts on “ We, The Survivors

  1. Simon says:

    I ve flipped between four and three stars with this books so many times I would say a solid 3.5 but I can t quite give it a four so it s getting a three which makes me feel a bit mean as the book has some incredibly powerful and poignant moments Will talk about it in a video soon.

  2. switterbug (Betsey) says:

    If you read FIVE STAR BILLIONAIRE as I have, and loved it, as I did, the first thing you ll notice in this new novel by Tash Aw is that these two books are quite different in scope and depth FSB was what I would call literary mainstream But WE, THE SURVIVORS isintimate, literary, and not so mainstream It s for readers who can submerge into an enclosed, at times crushing portrait of a Malaysian man s life, ruled by poverty as a child, who tried to rise above and maintain a decent level o If you read FIVE STAR BILLIONAIRE as I have, and loved it, as I did, the first thing you ll notice in this new novel by Tash Aw is t...

  3. Faidz Zainal Abidin says:

    It s just that sometimes I can t help thinking about whether I was really destined to be me.

  4. Sarah says:

    3.5 rounded up We, the Suvivors tells the story of Ah Hock, an uneducated man from a Malaysian fishing village We know right off the bat that Ah Hock has murdered a man, what we don t know is why Tash Aw tells the story of an ordinary working class man from rural Malaysia right through from childhood to adulthood in a way which is original, empathic and humanising, though never trite.This was an interesting take on the motivations and frustrations of an ordinary man living in a rapidly changing 3.5 rounded up We, the Suvivors tells the story of Ah Hock, an uneducated man from a Malaysian fishing village We know right off the bat that Ah Hock has murdered a man, what we don t know is why Tash Aw tells the story of an ordinary working class man from rural Malaysia right through from childhood to adulthood in a way which is original, empathic and humanising, though never trite.This was an interesting take on the motivations and frustrations of an ordinary man living in a rapidly changing society The Malaysia Ah Hock inhabits is not the one w...

  5. Jemimah says:

    I am SO EXCITED that this has finally launched I had a chance to read the manuscript last December and just re read the novel in the week leading up to the release, and it truly stands up to multiple readings What is WE, THE SURVIVORS It s hard to define On surface level it is the confession of a murderer from a fishing village in Malaysia, a whydunnit murder mystery But it is also a moving portrait of inequality in Southeast Asia, a question of predestination, of why people are the way the I am SO EXCITED that this has finally launched I had a chance to read the manuscript last December and just re read the novel in the week leading up to the release, and it truly stands up to multiple readings What is WE, THE SURVIVORS It s hard to define On surface level it is the confession of a murderer from a fishing village in Malaysia, a whydunnit murder mystery But it is also a moving portrait of inequality in Southeast Asia, a question of predestination, of why people are the way they are make the choices they do It is a novel that spans class and generation, but that writes about Southeast Asia with love It pays homage to Southeast Asia with intricate attention to detail and language, without shying away from thedifficult topics nor feeling the need to capitulate to creating a clean or people pleasing representation in an anxious age of repr...

  6. Ming says:

    This is a good readan interesting story It is a grim and depressing story And as I read it, I reflected on his other books He maintains a consistent theme in all of them It s about capitalism and how labor fairs under that model Basically, there are those in power and those who are used by those in power And they are all positioned on a rather oppressive ladder, while they struggle to survive The prospects are bleak and fatalistic.In this book, Ah Hock and all the characters e.g., his This is a good readan interesting story It is a grim and depressing story And as I read it, I reflected on his other books He maintains a consistent theme in all of them It s about capitalism and how labor fairs under that m...

  7. Al Zaquan says:

    There is nothing really compelling to propel the story At its core, there s a killing by the narrator that has become the focal point but often this incident is referred to in an insubstantial way and when we finally learn the full details in the final chapter it has all the weight and power of a transparent plot device The narrator has all the sophistication of Tash Aw I think the author often extends himself into a commentary about class that often for the reader becomes an eye rolling expe There is nothing really compelling to propel the story At its core, there s a killing by the narrator that has become the focal point but often this incident is referred to in an insubstantial way and when we finally learn the full details in the final chapter it has all the weight and power of a transparent plot device The narrator has all the sophistication of Tash Aw I think the author often extends himself into a commentary about class that often for the ...

  8. Terry says:

    A murder a lifetime in the making.Ah Hock is a poor, uneducated, rural village raised man who has committed a murder and served his time He was released from prison some time ago, and a young female student requests to interview him, and he agrees The story we get isn t just about the murder, but we learn all about his life, from childhood through the murder, and we re also given snippets of what life is like for h...

  9. Jos M says:

    Exploration of how an ordinary hard working man becomes a murderer Structured around a reveal which feels a bit cheap, but thematically strong Emphasis on palm oil link to use of unfree migrant labour Big emphasis on the connection between environmental issues and worsening conditions for all Ah Hock, from a poor Chinese fishing village in Malaysia, is interviewed by a female social sciences student about how he came to this pass and I w...

  10. Karin says:

    This book reminded me of Camu s L etranger Ah Hock, a Malaysian villager of Chinese descent who is telling the story, commits a random act of violence and we slowly find out why It s a disconcerting story of social inequality set in Malaysia and how people cope with hardship and poverty ...

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