Editorial Reviews. Review. Set during the Tiananmen Square uprising of , The Crazed, a novel from Ha Jin, the award-winning author of the. The Crazed [Ha Jin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post, Los Angeles times, and San. A New York Times Notable Book A Washington Post, Los Angeles times, and San Jose Mercury News Best Book of the Year Ha Jin’s seismically powerful.

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It reads as an anti-communist propaganda. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The author, who immigrated to the United States, wrote the book in English. It took awhile to get into this Great review of a great book. It leaves you not only wanting more iin thinking about the characters after it ends.

I like this writer a lot. I also had difficult wondering if the student, who narrates the book, was just as crazed and paranoid as his teacher, who early on is affected by a stroke. In the spring ofhis adviser, Professor Yang, suffers a stroke, and Jian listens as the bedridden Yang raves about his past.

As time goes on, however, Professor Yang reveals bits about his private life and what he thinks about the life of a scholar, leaving his student to piece together these fragments ceazed information. Ha Jin’s novel The Crazed gives us a view into Chinese scholarship of the recent past, and, like the th character Jian Wan, tne us question the present and the future of studies in a highly insular communist country.


To ask other readers questions about The Crazedplease sign up. Many yhe available online have serious flaws. I think both the sound and meaning of the poem in Chinese must be very, very different than it is is in English.

Professor Yang, a respected teacher of literature at a provincial university, has had a stroke, his student Jian Wan—who is also engaged to Yang’s daughter—has been assigned to care for him.

The Crazed – Ha Jin

Thus Jian under the stress becomes one of the “crazed,” too. Books by Ha Jin.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: While this is happening, Jian is studying to take the entrance examinations for Beijing University so that he can move there to be with his fiance Meimei, Crazrd Yang’s daughter, and perhaps eventually secure a place at an American university for the two of them. Return to Book Page. The writing is simple, spare, fluid, and powerfully dreamlike at moments.

I’ll admit I also thought it was monotonous at first.

The best part of the story for me was 50 pages to the end and I was not pleased about the ending. Reviewer card laid in.


The Crazed

I really liked everything about it–the spare style, the picture of Chinese people of various classes and occupations. Very Good Condition Edition: Jian must navigate treacherous waters — infinitely more so in that the story climaxes with the June 4 Tiananmen Square massacre. Great condition for a used book! Do you agree with Professor Yang?

Fiction Book Review: THE CRAZED by Ha Jin, Author . Pantheon $24 (p) ISBN

This novelist has a fine sense of teh human scale of history and an eye for the absurd, and if he continues to write about China he’ll need plenty of both. The only reservation I have is that, despite the author’s remarkable command of English, his word choice is sometimes not quite right.

What he does not realize is that there are forces conspiring against him. First edition, first issue. Refresh and try again.

The web of conspiracy and corruption that features later also looks suspiciously like part of an identikit China.