The Crazed

The Crazed

by Ha Jin
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The Crazed by Ha Jin

Since the appearance of his first book of stories in English, Ha Jin has won the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and garnered comparisons to Dickens, Balzac, and Isaac Babel. “Like Babel,” wrote Francine Prose in The New York Times Book Review, “Ha Jin observes everything . . . yet he tells the reader only—and precisely—as much as is needed to make his deceptively simple fiction resonate on many levels.”

In his luminous new novel, the author of Waiting deepens his portrait of contemporary Chinese society while exploring the perennial conflicts between convention and individualism, integrity and pragmatism, loyalty and betrayal. Professor Yang, a respected teacher of literature at a provincial university, has had a stroke, and his student Jian Wan—who is also engaged to Yang's daughter—has been assigned to care for him. What at first seems a simple if burdensome duty becomes treacherous when the professor begins to rave: pleading with invisible tormentors, denouncing his family, his colleagues, and a system in which a scholar is “just a piece of meat on a cutting board.”

Are these just manifestations of illness, or is Yang spewing up the truth? And can the dutiful Jian avoid being irretrievably compromised? For in a China convulsed by the Tiananmen uprising, those who hear the truth are as much at risk as those who speak it. At once nuanced and fierce, earthy and humane, The Crazed is further evidence of Ha Jin's prodigious narrative gifts.

Author Biography: Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of the internationallybest-selling novel Waiting, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award; the story collections The Bridegroom, which won the Asian American Literary Award, Under the Red Flag, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Ocean of Words, which won the PEN/ Hemingway Award; the novel In the Pond; and three books of poetry. He lives in Massachusetts and is a professor of English at Boston University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375421815
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/22/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.72(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of the internationally bestselling novel Waiting, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award, and War Trash, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize; the story collections The Bridegroom, which won the Asian American Literary Award, Under the Red Flag, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Ocean of Words, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award; the novels The Crazed and In the Pond; and three books of poetry. His latest novel, A Free Life is his first novel set in the United States. He lives in the Boston area and is a professor of English at Boston University.

War Trash, The Crazed, The Bridegroom, Waiting, In the Pond, and Ocean of Words are available in paperback from Vintage Books.

Hometown:

Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

February 21, 1956

Place of Birth:

Liaoning, China

Education:

B.A. in English, Heilongjiang University, 1981; Ph. D. in English, Brandeis University, 1993

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Crazed 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Dont touch any kits
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Curled up in the far back of the den.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great narrative from Ha Jin, with his amazing command of English-language but total grasp of contemporary Chinese life. Once again the ghosts and events of the Cultural Revolution are in the background, this time during the Tiananmin uprising. A professor suffers a stroke and through his dementia his young protege sorts out the truths that will determine his own choices in life. More complex than earlier novels and stories from Ha Jin, but just as enjoyable to read.
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I had a really hard time getting into this book and am sad to say that I put it down about 3/4 of the way through. At times I found it very engaging, but most of the time I just found it boring. I have read many of Ha Jin's other works and have always enjoyed them, especially his collections of short stories! I will definitely give him another try. And I will probably pick this book up again since the other reviewers indicate the ending is what makes it so good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This had to have been Ha Jin's best novel. It had to have been looked at through the 'big picture' it all ties in at the end of the novel. If one stopped reading halfway through it wouldnt have done the work justice. I was supposed to read this novel for English Class and I am glad I did! what an enlightenment!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the past 3 years the only books I have truly enjoyed were Blindness, All the Names and the Cave by Saramago and Waiting and The Crazed by Ha Jin Thank You. Life is richer because of you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do NOT agree at all with the review stating "not Ha Jin's best." It IS his best novel! And considering the greatness of his others, that's saying a lot. The characters, plot, themes, and setting are his best developed yet. It's not a pleasant story, but it is an immensely intriguing story, ending with HOPE and freedom. And for idealists like me, that helps make this his best yet. . . Zhu-he, zhu-he, Ha Jin!