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  • Posted May 28, 2009

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    Wonderful

    This is a really great story about what the passage of time can do to things. How it erodes and eats away at the value of things and relationships and emotions etc. Yet conversely, there was no waiting when reading this book. For sure it was a story told by a man because there was no time spent lingering too long on anything. It was perfectly paced. He just kept it moving and while you were reading you would know that something else was about to happen soon because the pace was predictable and that made it a great page turner too. The feminine voice of his female character was not ruined by the manly pace of the book. The setting is a Chinese military hospital. It's about a relationship between a couple who never consummate the affair because they wanted to wait to get a problem out of the way. but as the problem persisted, and the waiting went on and on, the waiting ate away at their deepest emotions and time threw everything including the bathtub and kitchen sink, causing them to question both their character and those deep feelings they once thought they held. This book is a great piece of literature and is perfect for a book club.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2006

    Waiting By Ha Jin

    I really enjoyed this book. I had a personal connections with this book. Divorce is a hard thing to deal with this book opened my mind and made me realize that waiting can be a bad thing and good in ways. People going though a divorce would enjoy this book and it might help them though by putting things into propective. Making you realize that people go though things that mske you stronger or weaker. You decide how events effect your life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2005

    Easy to read, Great Book

    This book is great!! I enjoyed the fact that it was a love story. The end is the best part of the book. The ending isn't predictable, but more hopeful for some. I read this book for a class and because I liked it so much, I finished this book in 4 days. I recommend this book to any female!! Anyone who has been through a divorce would enjoy this book as well. Great book for many different kinds of people. The title tells so much about this book and if you have ever waited for someone for any reason, you will love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2014

    Consistently brilliant.

    Consistently brilliant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2004

    The irony of waiting

    This is a wonderfully written book. For those who are seeking an intriguing thrill from a novel, you'd be disappointed. The beauty of this book is its simple style, which depicts in such accuracy details in these people's life. It's a love story, yet the main characters do not seem to know how to express love. The best part of the book is Part III. Isn't it a tragic irony that after all these years of waiting, Lin had to reveal to his ex-wife that he really longed to her, or at least an illusion of peace of mind that is associated with her? I was in tears when I read the part that he asked Shuyu to wait for him. What a mess, yet how real! I enjoyed reading it and still enjoy thinking about it. The only part that is disturbing is about Ge Yang. I was angry with the author when I read about the rape. This is a book that makes you think about it over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003

    Suspenseful and interesting

    Waiting is a thoughtful novel full of suspense and insight into another time. The book teaches a valuable lesson to go with your heart and let your emotions develope. Don't justify everything or always follow all of the rules like the main character in this book- Lin. This is an excellent story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2001

    Lin was a jerk!

    Beautifully written, can feel the pain of their 'waiting' - BUT I felt no compassion for Lin. He had 3 women who loved him - and he did not appreciate them. He was always too conscious of what others would think. Why didn't he bring his first wife to the city to live with him - because he was ashamed of her. Why didn't he bring his daugther to the city for better education and why didn't he try to help her further her education so she wouldn't have to work in a match factory. I felt sorry for the women - caught in a society where they were only valued for the men they married.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2001

    lovely and poignant

    all the main characters-- lin kong, shuyu, manna wu--one way or the other are in the state of waiting for their loved one. the question is: are they waiting for the right person? how would you know this is the one for you when life offers you no opportunity to explore your inner feelings? a melancholy life journey of one man who is torn between duty and love will touch us all. beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    Well written and intriguing

    Wonderfully written but sometimes a bit slow. I was compelled to know more about Chinese history and culture and this portrayal of two lovers set in China provided me with just that. Even though it had its share of lulls, it intrigued me in the end.

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