By Ha Jin
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780375706417, 320pp.)
Publication Date: September 19, 2000
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"Ha Jin's novel could hardly be less theatrical, yet we're immediately engaged by its narrative structure, by its wry humor and by the subtle, startling shifts it produces in our understanding of characters and their situation."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Subtle and complex--his best work to date. A moving meditation on the effects of time upon love."--"The Washington Post"
"A high achievement indeed."--Ian Buruma, "The New York Review of Books"
"A portrait of Chinese provincial life that terrifies with its emptiness even more than with its all-pervasive vulgarity. The poet in Jin] intersperses these human scenes with achingly beautiful vignettes of natural beauty."--"Los Angeles Times"
"A simple love story that transcends cultural barriers--. From the idyllic countryside to the small towns in northeast China, Jin's depictions are filled with an earthy poetic grace--. Jin's account of daily life in China is convincing and rich in detail."--"The Chicago Tribune"
"Compassionate, earthy, robust, and wise, Waiting blends provocative allegory with all-too-human comedy. The result touches and reveals, bringing to life a singular world in its spectacular intricacy."--Gish Jen, author of Who's Irish?
"A remarkable love story. Ha Jin's understanding of the human heart and the human condition transcends borders and time. Waiting is an outstanding literary achievement."--Lisa See, author of On Gold Mountain.