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Waiting (Deng dai, in Traditional Chinese)
Waiting - Deng dai, in Traditional Chinese
Author: Ha Jin
For more than seventeen years, Lin Kong, a devoted and ambitious doctor, has been in love with an educated, clever, modern woman, Mannu Wu. But, back in the traditional world of his home village lives the wife his family chose for him when he was young. Every year he visits her in order to ask, again and again, for a divorce. In a culture in whi...  more »
ISBN-13: 9789571332024
ISBN-10: 957133202X
Pages: 363
Edition: Chu ban
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Publisher: Shi bao wen hua chu ban qi ye gu fen you xian gong si
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Waiting (Deng dai, in Traditional Chinese) on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Marvelous book. "Waiting" reminded me of a Chinese version of Wharton's "Ethan Frome." "Waiting" is told from three points of view, but never confusingly. The characters and their respective plights are engrossing, patient, kind, and full of little foibles to remind us that they are human characters, not simply dusty one-sided protagonists. With Communist rule in the background and human frailties in the front, "Waiting" is a beautiful read, and one that is well worth it.
reviewed Waiting (Deng dai, in Traditional Chinese) on + 68 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This book has broad appeal because it uses the constraints of the Chinese culture and circumstances, that could easily be translated to any other culture, even the Western culture. The main character is torn between love and obligation. This book follows the impact of his struggle with being honorable or following his desire over a period of years.
reviewed Waiting (Deng dai, in Traditional Chinese) on + 162 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I loved this book. It has a wonderful stillness to it that matches Lin's patience. Just a beautiful book.
reviewed Waiting (Deng dai, in Traditional Chinese) on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I loved this...even though the pace is slow...it is full of subtle details.
reviewed Waiting (Deng dai, in Traditional Chinese) on + 70 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
The term "waiting" is extremely descriptive for this book. The main characters are waiting for the male to obtain a divorce so they can marry. As a reader this action or lack-of action seems to take a long time, exactly what the author plans. In the end the "moral-to -the-story" is very clear, and worth waiting for. Well written, interesting human life-events occur. Winner of the National Book Award.Well deserved.
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