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There's a political allegory here, of course, but it grows naturally from these characters' hearts. Neither Lin nor Manna is especially ideological, and the tumultuous events occurring around them go mostly unnoticed. They meet during a forced military march, and have their first tender moment during an opera about a naval battle. (While the audience shouts, "Down with Japanese Imperialism!" the couple holds hands and gazes dreamily into each other's eyes.) When Lin is in Goose Village one summer, a mutual acquaintance rapes Manna; years later, the rapist appears on a TV report titled "To Get Rich Is Glorious," after having made thousands in construction. Jin resists hammering ideological ironies like these home, but totalitarianism's effects on Lin are clear:
Let me tell you what really happened, the voice said. All those years you waited torpidly, like a sleepwalker, pulled and pushed about by others' opinions, by external pressure, by your illusions, by the official rules you internalized. You were misled by your own frustration and passivity, believing that what you were not allowed to have was what your heart was destined to embrace.Ha Jin himself served in the People's Liberation Army, and in fact left his native country for the U.S. only in 1985. That a non-native speaker can produce English of such translucence and power is truly remarkable--but really, his prose is the least of the miracles here. Improbably, Jin makes an unconsummated 18-year love affair loom as urgent as political terror or war, while history-changing events gain the immediacy of a domestic dilemma. Gracefully phrased, impeccably paced, Waiting is the kind of realist novel you thought was no longer being written. --Mary Park --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
well...i'm from mexico and i read this book and i just wanna tell you "it's great", it kept me readin' and readin' is a great and different history and a love novel where... Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by mike garcia
Like Miso soup, subtle but fulfilling. Ha Jin keeps you waiting, playing on your patience for what you hope will be a closure at the end of the novel. Of course that never comes. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by A. Davis
Ha Jin's novel is a perfect allegory for the living conditions in communist China. Like arranged marriages, arranged lives kept people waiting for something to happen. Read morePublished on March 27 2004 by Luc REYNAERT
Story of a man torn between his arranged marriage wife who has been devoted to him and his lover who he is in love with. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by John I. Provan
Its one of those books that I wasn't going to finish, it was so boring. If the character had been a little more interesting, the story might have been more endearing, but how... Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004
This is 300 pages of nothing going on. Waiting is a great title. You wait and wait for anything of interest and then you run out of pages.Published on Jan. 19 2004
This is a wonderful story. There are several currents in this story. Not the least of which is: how much of love stems from expectation, rather than true emotion? Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by Alicia Walker
This novel takes place in China during the Cultural Revolution and afterwards, but it is a social, not a political novel. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2003 by algo41
I'm afraid that Mr. Ha Jin doesn't quite know how to write good English prose. The plot, although potentially delicious in a minimalist way (the book is quite literally about... Read morePublished on Aug. 27 2003 by "lewislthegreatest"