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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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The Crazed – Ha Jin

It also has some emotive parts. Is this a manifestation of his illness or is Yang yelling out the truth from his sickbed? Ha Jin is subtle. The culture of corruption and cronyism is well portrayed as the narrative leads inexorably to the tragedy of Tiananmen. This is not the case with Jian, who joins the movement to escape his life. Are these just craed of illness, or is Yang spewing up the truth? Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc.

Fiction Book Review: THE CRAZED by Ha Jin, Author . Pantheon $24 (p) ISBN

Is his version of the events throughout the course of the novel believable? Reviewer card crqzed in. 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. How does his lack of objectivity affect your reading? Why did Ha Jin choose Jian as the narrator?

Refresh and try again. Expertly done Daily Mail: Aug 21, Danielle rated it it was amazing. It helped that this was written so clearly, with the protagonist unknotting and piecing together all the different scenarios that he was witnessing in his mind. This title is a contemporary classic. Oct 03, Hande Akcay rated it liked it. I can na wish for myself that massive turnaround that the ending held for Jian.


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At least it ended ceazed him hopeful of his plan for his future. You get the feeling of what it is like to be trapped into the Chinese bureaucracy.

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! I think both the sound and meaning of the poem in Chinese must be very, very different than it is is in English. Better World Books Ltd Condition: Ships with Tracking Number!

Why all these details? The natural landscape is absent from The Crazed until Jian leaves Shanning for the countryside.

However, despite being the main main theme of the novel, I found the hospitalised uncle sections to be rather disappointing. The title really says it all as each character has to deal with their own passage through “crazed” philosophy and life-changing decisions.

Discover what to read next. Are there any fulfilled crazev satisfied love relationships in this novel? I also had difficult thd if the student, who narrates the book, was just as crazed and paranoid as his thd, who early on is affected by a stroke. It reminds us that significant historic events are the sum of smaller, individual actions that are often motivated by differing personal views and circumstances. Having read ‘Waiting’ by the same author, I was intrigued by what this book would offer.

But Jian sees the pattern, and he is determined not to be devoured.

But this shouldn’t overshadow what Ha Jin has achieved in his tragi-comic portrayal of Yang and the naive Jian. The best part of the story for me was 50 pages to the end and I was not pleased about the ending. 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 of Professor Yang in shifts until Mrs.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Classic First Editions Crazrd Jul 05, Allison Cohan rated it really liked it. It isjust before the Red Army nin down on the student movement. So by the end, you’re hw wondering and putting the puzzle pieces together.

Still, while I’m interested in discussing it, it was a slog at times. I often wondered where it was headed. Professor Yang, a respected teacher of literature at a provincial university, has had a stroke, his student Jian Wan—who is also engaged to Yang’s daughter—has been assigned to care for him.

Book and dust jacket in fine condition.

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Crszed it is more emotional than The Crazed. During this time he pieces together from these babblings the tragedy of his teacher’s life, and he becomes determined not to repeat it himself.

The Crazed Jin, Ha Heinemann, First Edition, First Printing. 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.

Ha Jin’s novel The Crazed gives us a view into Chinese scholarship of the recent past, and, like the main character Jian Wan, makes us question the present and the future of studies in a highly insular commu As a university student applying to graduate studies, I realize how tough it can be with “office politics” getting in the way of research.

The Crazed by Ha Jin. Introduction In this luminous new novel, the author of the National Book Award-winning Waiting deepens his portrait of Chinese society while exploring the perennial conflicts between convention and individualism, integrity and pragmatism, loyalty and betrayal.

Ha Jin portrays the lengths that people will go to attain and abuse power.