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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,173 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ha Jin Narrator: Norm Le Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Best-selling, National Book Award-winning author Ha Jin displays his impressive storytelling gifts in this richly textured examination of contemporary China and the civil unrest at Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Professor Yang, a respected literature scholar, suffers a stroke and is confined to a hospital bed. Now Jian Wan, Yang's brightest student and future son-in-law, must suspend his rigorous studies to care for his mentor. Jian dutifully keeps watch as Yang begins raving madly, often pleading with unseen tormentors. Has Yang lost his grip on sanity, or is he no longer capable of hiding deeply buried, painful secrets?

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Yeti | 2/16/2014

    " A brilliant book. Set at the time of the crisis at Tianemen. It's rather simplistic compared to other texts - simplistic structure wise. But the themes he deals with are applicable to everyone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Marvin | 2/9/2014

    " I thought Ha Jin's Waiting was a work of genius. Again this time it's a book set in communist China where there's little action, and the main character has trouble taking charge of his life, but this character & the other main characters are less appealing & the dialog more stilted. The Tinanamen Massacre plays a role in the story, though a much more incidental one than in The Sons of Heaven. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Liza | 2/3/2014

    " Huh? I remember nothing about this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Larissa | 1/28/2014

    " As of 1/26 reading on my (new) Nook! 1/27 Finished. I liked this. As I read I liked it more. I recalled Lu Xun's "Diary of a Madman." Who was crazed? It is set during the student movement in 89, though only a small part occurs in Beijing. Still, there is a madman calling a warning for the children - and "children" - the next generation - was being manipulated by party members and officials or being mowed down by tanks or gunned down by the army. The author goes so far as to have one of the characters say: China is eating her young. Interesting. One thing I did not like was to switch the names around. I get that there author is an American, writing in English - but I think it is entirely appropriate to use Chinese conventions when writing about China. "

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