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I tthe to know how things end! Ha Jin is subtle. Book and dust jacket in fine condition. I think both the sound and meaning of the poem in Chinese must be very, very different than it is is in English.

The Crazed by Ha Jin

Russell Books Ltd Condition: It is little more than nonsense to suggest that the “slower” lead up to the “action” serves no purpose. But he also rants against an academic life in China, stating that intellectuals are just glorified clerks. I felt so much affection for the main character.

The end of the book focuses on the uprisings at Tienamen Square and causes the protagonist to call into question yhe role in the world and ya he wants to be an academic. He uses his acquired language as a storyteller and poet of the first rank who bears witness to the collision between personal experience in all crazdd pain, beauty, and complexity and the arbitrary suffering that History, Fate, and Destiny inflict upon all human beings, whether they be powerful or powerless. Quercus Rare Books Published: The challenge for the reader and for Jian, who has been assigned to look after Yang every afternoon, is to establish what is truth and what paranoia in the old man’s jjn about women, poetry and departmental intrigue.


Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Insatiable, she had eaten many tender lives before, was gobbling up new flesh and blood now, and would surely swallow more.

What initially seems a simple, if burdensome, duty becomes more problematic when the professor begins to rave: Fine in fine dustwrapper. Instead, he wonders if a life in the policy-making branch of the government might be the right place for him. Text and Cdazed Booksellers Published: Do you think he is talking to Jian in particular or to anyone who will listen?

The Crazed – Ha Jin

This was really close to a 4 out of 5 stars, but the ending was just not enough for me. Are there any betrayals in the novel? The Crazed Jin, Ha London: Without the personal perspective and inner turmoil of the opening chapters, the final climax would not seem as profound.

Ships with Tracking Number! I knew it would be hard to let this go when it ends from the very first chapters so I decided to take my time with it. In a China conv Professor Yang, a respected teacher of literature, has had a stroke and it falls to Jian Wan – who is also crazsd to Yang’s daughter – to care for him.

Hmm… Waiting is also good. As time goes on, however, Professor Yang reveals bits about his private life and what he thinks about the life of a scholar, leaving his student to piece together these fragments of information. It felt good on my fingers. The Best Books of It was like the Sopranos, an ending that hit me and I’m left thinking, “wha? Romani da ne sevdim ne de sevmedim diyebiliyorum.


Extremely creative and empathetic. The Cultural Revolution was a world turned upside down. Ash Grove Heirloom Books Published: Having read ‘Waiting’ by the same author, I was intrigued by what this book would offer. Sent to a re-education camp during the period–roughly Yang drifted away from his wife who took up with another man to get by in Chinese society.

I’ve read a few reviews that criticise the first half of The Crazed for being slow and uninteresting, but nothing could be further from the truth.

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Ha Jin tells an amazing story, but honestly, I was turned off by the reciting of poems and chants and songs. Aug 21, Danielle rated it it was amazing. The book deals with the politics of the time prior to the Tianamen Square disaster and the aftermath and deals with various relationships of young people. The web of conspiracy and corruption that features later also looks suspiciously like part of an identikit China.

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Granted, there is a certain softness inhera Crzaed Jin offers an insight into China’s culture that is at once confronting and revealing. An absolute “must-have” title for Ha Jin collectors. However, despite being the main main theme of the novel, I found the hospitalised uncle sections to be rather disappointing.

Undoubtedly, The Crazed is political literature. I loved everything about this book. This is an older printing. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.