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Waiting - Ha Jin
Waiting
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"In Waiting, Ha Jin portrays the life of Lin Kong, a dedicated doctor torn by his love for two women: one who belongs to the New China of the Cultural Revolution, the other to the ancient traditions of his family's village. Ha Jin profoundly understands the conflict between the individual and... show more
"In Waiting, Ha Jin portrays the life of Lin Kong, a dedicated doctor torn by his love for two women: one who belongs to the New China of the Cultural Revolution, the other to the ancient traditions of his family's village. Ha Jin profoundly understands the conflict between the individual and society, between the timeless universality of the human heart and constantly shifting politics of the moment. With wisdom, restraint, and empathy for all his characters, he vividly reveals the complexities and subtleties of a world and a people we desperately need to know."--Judges' Citation, National Book Award"Ha Jin's novel could hardly be less theatrical, yet we're immediately engaged by its narrative structure, by its wry humor and by the subtle, startling shifts it produces in our understanding of characters and their situation."--The New York Times Book Review"Subtle and complex--his best work to date. A moving meditation on the effects of time upon love."--The Washington Post"A high achievement indeed."--Ian Buruma, The New York Review of Books"A portrait of Chinese provincial life that terrifies with its emptiness even more than with its all-pervasive vulgarity. The poet in [Jin] intersperses these human scenes with achingly beautiful vignettes of natural beauty."--Los Angeles Times"A simple love story that transcends cultural barriers--. From the idyllic countryside to the small towns in northeast China, Jin's depictions are filled with an earthy poetic grace--. Jin's account of daily life in China is convincing and rich in detail."--The Chicago Tribune"Compassionate, earthy, robust, and wise, Waiting blends provocative allegory with all-too-human comedy. The result touches and reveals, bringing to life a singular world in its spectacular intricacy."--Gish Jen, author of Who's Irish?"A remarkable love story. Ha Jin's understanding of the human heart and the human condition transcends borders and time. Waiting is an outstanding literary achievement."--Lisa See, author of On Gold Mountain
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375706417 (0375706410)
ASIN: 375706410
Publisher: Vintage Books
Pages no: 308
Edition language: English
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Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
2.0 Waiting: A Novel
The writing seems very spare. It's not a translation by the way, but by a man whose native language is Chinese writing in English. The characters often exasperated me with their varieties of passivity: Lin in not insisting on divorce or letting Manna go; his wife Shuyu in her submissiveness and pas...
cczarneckikernus
cczarneckikernus rated it
3.0 Waiting
Found this quick read frustrating. Critics cited the wit and humor, which I didn't see. I found the ending rushed, unconvincing, and thus, unsatisfying.Amazing portrait of modern-day China, however.
suzemo
suzemo rated it
2.0 Waiting: A Novel
I'm going to start this with the caveat that I know very little about China, and even less about Chinese culture. I've read reviews where the author has been lambasted for creating a book about China that white people would be happy with, and I can see how the accusations might be correct... sadly,...
globulon
globulon rated it
I read this after having read "Ocean of Words". I thought I would like to read a novel by him, but to me this just felt like a short story that got elongated. Some of the things I like about his writing are there, it's not elegant prose by any stretch of the imagination, but there is something ver...
Cecily's book reviews
Cecily's book reviews rated it
2.0
Wooden writing and shallow characters, but an interesting story that could only be set in mid/late 20th century China: about discipline, longing coupled with detachment, lost opportunities and more.
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