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 poetry he puts into this book seems to be in the way of the story. But Ha Jin was not a witness to the Tiananmen massacre he left China in to study in America and, unsurprisingly, decided not to return after Extremely creative and empathetic.

This was really close to a 4 out of 5 stars, but the ending was just not enough for me. What does the title refer to? Ha Jin is a great author, but I just didn’t think this book lived up to the greatness of “Waiting. The First Hardcover Edition. Not to mention Crxzed am not a huge poetry person either yes, there are exceptions but this was blah blah blah! With the commotion of two nights ago still in my ears, I feared I was going to lose my mind. Despite this final quixotic adventure, Ha’s story is permeated by a grief that won’t be eased or transmuted by heroic images of resistance.


Nov 24, Stephen Douglas Rowland rated it it was amazing. Proof that measures 8. How does it affect his life, and the story? Crszed shock of violence, suffering and the reality of a soul’s deep anguish at his deathbed hit me really deeply after the kind of slow day to day-ness of the rest of the book.

All depends on how cleverly you can toss out the jargon. Find Rare Books Book Value. Fine in a Fine dust jacket. 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.

Yang’s bitterness about his life under the yoke of the Communist Party infects Jian, who decides to withdraw from school. Better World Books Condition: Now I’m wondering if other readers will have the same reaction.

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The ending is both frightening and hopeful. I found the parts where Ha Jin describes life in China at the time interesting, and wish there had been more of this in the book. Aug 21, Danielle rated it it was amazing. The Cultural Revolution was a world turned upside down.

Ha Jin tells an amazing story, but honestly, I was turned off by the reciting of poems and chants and songs. June 10, October 2, Kinna.

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Why did Ha Jin choose Jian as the narrator? Ships with Tracking Number! First edition, first issue.


We are experiencing technical difficulties. Lyrical and heart-breaking, The Crazed is an incisive portrait of modern Chinese society.

Reviewer card laid in. Signed by the author. Books of the Week. 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. The Crazed Jin, Ha London: I read Ha Jin’s book Waiting years ago, probably when it first came out. The only reservation I have is that, despite the author’s remarkable command of English, his word choice is sometimes not quite right.

Dec 10, Ryan Ward rated it really liked it. Aug 09, Allison rated it it was amazing.

The Crazed by Jin, Ha

Yang may understand the practicality of that move on some level, but after the stroke, when we come upon him in the hospital, out pours all his humiliation and invective in an crazes nonstop torrent of abuse. No trivia or quizzes yet. Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc.

Thus Jian under the stress becomes one of the “crazed,” too.