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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Tiananmen Square flashback and a strained relationship. Its theme – the truth-telling madman and the impact he has on his disciple – may be an old one, but it is dynamic.

Ash Grove Heirloom Books Published: Jan 22, Kanika Sisodia rated it it was amazing Shelves: The other responds, “yes In a China conv Professor Yang, a respected teacher of literature, has had a stroke and it falls to Jian Wan – who is also engaged to Yang’s daughter – to care for him. Signed by the author.

Is this connected somehow to the Genesis story? Jian had never really been politically interested, but the ravings, plus a trip to an impoverished town in the countryside, push him more and more towards not taking the examinations.

View Full Version of PW. However, despite being the main main theme of the novel, I found the hospitalised uncl Having read ‘Waiting’ by the same author, I was intrigued by what this book would offer. I think both the sound and meaning of the poem in Chinese must be very, very different than vrazed is is in English.

However, again this is in China. Multiple copies available this title.

The Crazed

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Questions and Topics for Discussion 1. Extremely creative and empathetic. What does Jian learn from traveling to and around Beijing, and from experiencing the historical events of Tiananmen Square in June ?


Want to Read saving…. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Your purchase also supports literacy charities. He still has difficulty speaking it and has said that the main impetus for writing is the opportunity it affords him to sit down and write and re-write, edit and re-edit, and start all over again if necessary until he is satisfied with the result.

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From the brilliant author of “Waiting” and “War Trash”. The one positive and the reason for three stars is the insight into China, the way average citizens live, and the political climate. Once a widely loved tutor, Yang has suffered a stroke and is now little more than a voice, by turns rabid and maudlin, a torrent of words pouring from his hospital bed. New York City, NY: Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside.

It takes place during the protests in Tiananmen Square. Ha Jin is subtle. Thhe it is more emotional than The Crazed. The characters of the book, with the era of the Cultural Revolution behind them, are scared into conformity, always fearing denunciation and banishment by Party officials.

Also don’t listen to these fools’ reviews whining about this book: Anyone subject to foreign influences—intellectuals, officials, students, artists and dissidents—was labeled a “rightist” or “counterrevolutionary.

Instead, he wonders if a life in the policy-making branch of the government might be nin right place for him.

Seemingly a simple if burdensome duty becomes treacherous when the professor begins to rave: This sounds like a perfect book to pick up for the China challenge. Crased you agree with her? As Crazdd Wan starts to spend more time in Professor Yang’s company, he starts to doubt whether he should take the entrance examinations at Beijing at all.


It is in the hospital scenes, as Jian and his fellow student Banping struggle to contain their embarrassment when their tutor breaks into the chorus of a Maoist ditty or instructs them to “Kill all those bastards! Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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My first time craze a work of Ha Jin. Sign In Register Help Cart. A work that deserves to be immortal. As a university student applying to graduate studies, I realize how tough it can be with “office politics” getting in the way of research. They were sent to labor and re-education camps where they were tortured and killed. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. At heart, the Chinese are very similar to anyone else. There are, Jin implies, millions like him.

Great condition for a used book! Unread and as new in like DJ.

Though not marked, from the collection of Mel Waggoner, host of the public radio program “Profiles” which interviewed authors. While this is happening, Jian is studying to take the entrance examinations for Beijing University so that he can move there to be with his fiance Meimei, Professor Yang’s daughter, and perhaps eventually secure a place at an American university for the two of them. But there is also an unattractive side to their culture, presented here in the form of a tyrannical Communist Party secretary at the school and in small scenes such as an altercation in a cafe near the end of the book.