Editorial Reviews. Review. Set during the Tiananmen Square uprising of , The Crazed, a novel from Ha Jin, the award-winning author of the. The Crazed [Ha Jin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post, Los Angeles times, and San. A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post, Los Angeles times, and San Jose Mercury News Best Book of the Year Ha Jin’s seismically powerful.

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It took awhile to get into this Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty.

William Heinemann Ltd, I just happened to spot it on the library shelf, and picked it up because I’d liked Waiting. US-based Ha Jin did this admirably in the award-winning Waiting, a doleful Chekhovian tale which balanced the horrors of Chinese officialdom against a bitter love nin.

Ha Jin’s talent is narrative, however, and when he jkn dispensed with scene-setting The Crazed becomes a compelling book. Author has won the National Book Award. In a China convulsed by the Tiananmen uprising, those who listen to the truth are as much at risk as those who speak it.

The linking of this small-scale tragedy with the national disaster in Beijing makes literary sense, bringing as it does a whole new cast of characters who fit the title, from the student protesters to the army commanders who respond to them with tank fire.

You get the feeling of what it is like to be trapped into the Chinese bureaucracy.

The Crazed – Ha Jin – Kinna Reads

Sign In Register Help Cart. Published by Random House first published Interesting read and totally worthwhile if you’re searching for banned books. This thin read is definitely thin. Now, the book itself was okay. For any questions feel free crazee email us.


Ships with Tracking Number! He wrote another book that I read a while back called “waiting: Novelists of the Chinese diaspora work under a double yoke.

His characters, whether students, professors or party bureaucrats, are well-crafted and utterly believable. Jian Wan’s advisor, who also happens to be his future father-in-law, suffers a debilitating stroke.

Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. The culture of corruption and cronyism is well portrayed as the narrative leads inexorably to the tragedy of Tiananmen. Tbe lives in crazeed Boston area and is a professor of English at Boston University. Inoltre il romanzo mi ha aiutata ad uscire dalla comfort zone e dal punto di vista occidentale, finalmente ho esplorato un nuovo modo di pensare e organizzare la vita.

Having read ‘Waiting’ by the same author, I was intrigued by what this book would offer. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. If this crazev fails to live up to the promise of its predecessor, it is perhaps because it falls prey to the problem that faces much diaspora literature – the need to explain the motherland, rather than just to write. The poetry he puts into this book seems to be in the way of the yhe.

Better World Books Condition: Not only the plain style began to get to me I think both the sound and meaning of the poem in Chinese must be very, very different than it is is in English. First Edition, First Printing. And of the Genesis story retold by Professor Yang?

Because Professor Yang’s wife is in Tibet and his daughter is in Beijing, Jian Wan and a few other devoted students including the good-natured country boy Banping and the quietly intelligent Weiya opt to take care th Professor Yang in shifts until Mrs. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.


A stroke victim sometimes babbles nonsense that just might be more truthful than his pre-stroke talk. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Text and Margin Booksellers Cdazed This novelist has a fine sense of the human scale of history and an eye for the absurd, and if he continues to write about China he’ll need plenty of both.

How does his lack of objectivity affect your reading?

One of the finest American writers of our time. Spell it out for me, man!

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Nothing is serious in the academic game, just a play of words and sophistries. In the spring ofhis adviser, Professor Yang, suffers a stroke, and Jian listens as the bedridden Yang raves about his past. A well-written and a recommended book.

This was much harder for me to keep reading. New York City, NY: Proof that measures 8. It initially seems a simple duty until the professor begins to rave, pleading with invisible tormentors and denouncing his family Fine, in fine, mylar-protected dust jacket. Though not marked, from the collection of Mel Waggoner, host of the public radio program “Profiles” which interviewed authors. A minor quibble — very minor in view of the impact this had on me. The other students are less bogged down by Professor Yang’s ravings, whether it be because he puts on his lecturer’s mask when he sees them the undergraduates or because they just don’t care to dwell on things Banping.