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Waiting
Waiting
Author: Ha Jin
"Waiting" is the story of Lin Kong, a man living in two worlds, struggling with the conflicting claims of two utterly different women as he moves through the political minefields of a society designed to regulate his every move and stifle the promptings of his innermost heart. — For more than seventeen years, the ambitious doctor has be...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780375706417
ISBN-10: 0375706410
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 160 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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.
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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.
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Helpful Score: 6
I loved this book. It has a wonderful stillness to it that matches Lin's patience. Just a beautiful book.
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Helpful Score: 4
I loved this...even though the pace is slow...it is full of subtle details.
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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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Loved the book.
Story was refreshing to read.
Simple, down to earth; telling a story of love, wanting, already having, and having to wait for what you think you want.

This is the China of the late 50's/early 60's thru late 70's (and perhaps early 80's).

Story of Lin Kong, a man living in two worlds, struggling with the conflicting claims of two utterly different women as he moves through the society designed to regulate his every move and stifle the promptings of his innermost heart. For more than seventeen years, the ambitious doctor has been in love ...with an educated, clever, modern woman, Manna Wu.

But back in the traditional world of his home village lives the wife (Shuyu) his family chose for him when he was young -- a humble and touchingly loyal woman, whom he visits every summer, year after year, in order to ask unsuccessfully for a divorce.

Ha Jin the author keeps you in suspense as the story unfolds. Does he get the divorce he wants that the society he lives in thinks is improper? Will the waiting Manna Wu continue to wait as the years go by and she becomes an old maid while waiting? With each passing year making her less desirable from any possible suitor besides Lin ou'll find yourself on the edge of every page because the story and characters and scenes and customs are so fresh and wonderful.

Highly recommended for light and enjoyable reading. Very touching. Lovely.

I think I would like to reread this story in a couple of years.

Danny N (Alameda)

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