- Audio CD: 9 pages
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio; Retail CD edition (Nov. 9 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 143320519X
- ISBN-13: 978-1433205194
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.9 x 16.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,977,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Finding Iris Chang: Friendship, Ambition, and the Loss of an Extraordinary Mind Audio CD – Nov 9 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Bestselling author Iris Chang's 2004 suicide at age 36 so shocked friends and colleagues that some initially claimed that Japanese extremists had murdered her to avenge Chang's acclaimed exposé in The Rape of Nanking of atrocities against Chinese civilians perpetrated by Japanese invaders in 1937–1938. Lacking the artistry of Ann Patchett's recent portrait of her friendship with writer Lucy Grealy, this effort by Kamen (All in My Head) is a tedious, obsessive, exploitative effort, drawing on her Salon.com eulogy to Chang. Kamen, who had known Chang since college, repeats some of the far-fetched, irresponsible conspiracy theories before settling on the sad truth that Chang, suffering from bipolar disorder, shot herself in the head with an antique pistol after much planning. Kamen describes her admiration for and jealousy of her rival, Chang's grating ambitiousness and the first-generation American's attempts at being a real American, epitomized by her campaign to be college homecoming queen. Kamen also probes the stigma of mental illness in the Asian-American community, Chang's sense of guilt over her son's autism, her veneer of perfection and the deterioration of her mental state. Despite its flaws, this could find a sizable audience among those Chinese-Americans who lionized Chang. 60,000 first printing. (Nov. 9)
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“A brilliant effort and one that grabs the reader's heart and mind…Intimate and reflective…A page turner…Holds you emotionally hostage long after you stop reading it…A powerful and serious book.”</div><div>
</div><div>Entertainment Weekly, 12/19/08
"[A] moving bio.”
Curve, August 2009
“Throughout, Kamen is a brazenly subjective narrator. As kind as she is exacting, she speaks to all sides of a woman whose name came to signify activist journalism.”</div> --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
I do wonder about something -- Iris died in November 2004, and her husband remarried rather quickly, in early 2006. I wonder how he was able to fall in love with someone else so quickly after his first wife's death.
Ignore the review from Publisher's Daily on Amazon's site. It's clear that whoever wrote the review didn't read the book.
Ms. Kamen's book is a post mortem of not just Ms. Chang's tragic and untimely death, but an honest attempt decipher a very complex individual in order to find some real meaning or, explanation as to the "why" of it all.
Was Iris Chang murdered? Despite this possibility, probably not. Paula Kamen has exposed the mental illness demons that apparently plagued Iris Chang through out her on-going life. She was an over-achiever who suffered greatly from obsessive compulsions, and was diagnosed and hospitalized with Polar Depression.
In addition, I think Ms. Kamen uncovers the cracked and broken veneer of Ms. Chang's personality due to the intensity and darkness of the subject matters she so magnificently wrote on. Like the "Hemmingway's", and "Robert E. Howards" of the world, Ms. Chang became the proverbial "Burr Rabbit" in the Uncle Remus "Tar-Baby" story. The more she punched at the dark sticky atrocities that faced her, the more trapped she became in their physical and demonic make up.
This is not a happy book, but... it was not meant to be one. It is however, a very good book, and one that will help to unravel the lost trail of Ms. Iris Chang.
Hopefully, Ms. Kamen's book has provided "Iris's" spirit with some understanding and knowledge in order to allow her the much deserved rest she failed to acquire on this earthly plain.