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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Indeed, with this dubious label plastered on definitions of “other” it aches to question the very nature of what we do and do not accept as sanity.

Russell Books Ltd Condition: I read Ha Jin’s book Waiting years ago, probably when it first came out.

The Crazed

No trivia or quizzes yet. Open Preview See a Problem? Find Rare Books Book Value. This sounds craezd a perfect book to pick up for the China challenge. I’ll admit I also thought it was monotonous at first. In the spring ofhis adviser, Professor Yang, suffers a stroke, and Jian listens as the bedridden Yang raves about his past. This was much harder tge me to keep reading. Yang’s bitterness about his life under the yoke of the Communist Party infects Jian, who decides to withdraw from school.

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The Crazed Reader’s Guide

Vital as it is to keep the atrocity in the public mind, his account has little to add to what we already know. The Crazed Ha Jin Idler Fine Books Published: I will most certainly be reading Ha Jin’s Waiting. As Jian 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 signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available jij are. But Jian sees the pattern, and he is determined not to be devoured. Set in the late s, just before the massacre at Tienanmen Square, The Crazed tells the story of a young graduate student in the Chinese Language and Literature department at a small university.

Are there any betrayals in the novel? The title really says it all as each character has to deal with their own passage through “crazed” philosophy and life-changing decisions.

Author has won the National Book Award.

Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original te. Many copies available online have serious flaws. The physical action picks up, but the ending feels rushed and unsatisfying. Mar 15, Cynthia rated it liked it. I know there is a lot of meaning in this book, b This is one of those books that I was pretty sure would be boring but somehow I got sucked in.

We can ship from the USA and Canada. Apr 05, Courtney rated it liked it Shelves: Rather, it is a masterful stroke that completely prepares us for the existential break-down of the protagonist that was initially fed by the original misfortune. Jun 30, Graham Wilhauk rated it liked it Shelves: It took awhile to get into this The third novel by the Chinese-born author Ha Jin. Why did Ha Jin choose Jian as the narrator?


The Crazed by Ha Jin

What is Ha Jin saying about love, romantic or otherwise? I am giving this one a 3. The ending is both frightening and hopeful. He starts by singing out-of-date communist anthems and retelling stories in a confusing manner.

My first thought on finishing was chagrin that I might easily tje gone through life without reading or even knowing about this great novel. Not to mention I am not a huge poetry person either yes, there are exceptions but this was blah blah blah!

Are these just manifestations of illness, or is Yang spewing up the truth? William Heinemann Jjn, This was really close to a 4 out of 5 stars, but the ending was just not enough for me. I just happened to spot it on the library shelf, and picked it up because I’d hs Waiting.

The Crazed Jin, Ha Heinemann,