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Waiting (1999) [Novel]
by Ha Jin Rating: Weighted - 7.3 / Average - 7.2 of 10 (4 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

The demands of human longing contend with the weight of centuries of custom in acclaimed author Ha Jin's Waiting, a novel of unexpected richness and universal resonance. Every summer Lin Kong, a doctor in the Chinese Army, returns to his village to end his loveless arranged marriage with the humble and touchingly loyal Shuyu. But each time Lin must return to the city to tell Manna Wu, the educated, modern nurse he loves, that they will have to postpone their engagement once again. Caught between the conflicting claims of these two utterly different women and trapped by a culture in which adultery can ruin lives and careers, Lin has been waiting for eighteen years. This year, he promises, will be different.
(from the publisher)

Original title: Waiting
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics
FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest


  • Dedication: "For Lisha Alone And Together"

Edition #1: Waiting

Waiting (1999)
Awards: National Book Award: Fiction (1999)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "A suspenseful and bracingly tough-minded love story." The New Yorker
  • "A simple love story that transcends cultural barriers.... Convincing and rich in detail.... Filled with an earthy poetic grace." Chicago Tribune
  • "Luminous.... Eloquent.... [Waiting] provides... a crash course in Chinese society during and since the Cultural Revolution, and a more leisurely but nonetheless compelling exploration of the less exotic terrain that is the human heart." The New York Times Book Review
  • "[Ha Jin's] writing is steeped in wit, rich metaphorical underpinnings and... endless and wonderful detail." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • "Extraordinary.... A remarkably austere love story, suffused with irony and subtlety." Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Waiting has the stripped down simplicity of a fable.... It casts a spell that doesn't break once.... Jin has the kind of effortless command that most writers can only dream about." The New York Times Magazine
  • "Achingly beautiful.... Ha Jin depicts the details of social etiquette, of food, of rural family relationships and the complex yet alarmingly primitive fabric of provincial life with that absorbed passion for minutiae characteristic of Dickens and Balzac." Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • "A vivid bit of storytelling, fluid and earthy.... Reminiscent of Hemingway in its scope, simplicity and precise language.... graceful human allegory." Chicago Sun-Times
  • "A subtle beauty.... A sad, poignantly funny tale." The Boston Sunday Globe
  • "Impeccably deadpan.... Waiting turns, page by careful page, into a deliciously comic novel." Time
  • "Spare but compelling.... Jin's craftsmanship and grasp of the universal language of the human heart make the book a worthwhile read." USA Today
  • "A wry, lovely novel.... Unexpectedly moving.... So quietly and carefully told that... we read on patiently, pleasantly distracted, wondering when something will happen. Only when we've finished do we understand just how much has, and how much waiting can be its own painful reward." Newsday
  • "Enlightening... a delicate rendering of the universal complications of love.... Ha Jin's natural storytelling quietly captures the texture of daily life in a dual Chinese culture.... No detail is extraneous in this sad, funny, and often wise novel." The Village Voice Literary Supplement
  • "Remarkable... compellingly ingenious... gorgeously cinematic." The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "A wonderfully ironic novel... complex and sad as life.... It captures the difficulties of love in totalitarian China with sharp prose and a convincing portrayal of human vagaries." Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • "Subtle and complex... his best work to date. A moving meditation on the effects of time upon love." The Washington Post
  • "[Jin] reveals some startlingly original insights on human life and love... in a narrative that dazzles the reader with its simplicity and grace." The Providence Sunday Journal
  • "[Waiting is] a masterpiece of realism and a work of ironic allegory, its mystifying, foreign world full of characters who grow more familiar with every page.... Through an accumulation of small, deft brushstrokes, 20th century China is superimposed onto the landscape of ancient, painted scroll." The Plain Dealer
  • "A high achievement indeed." The New York Review of Books
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Waiting (1999)

ISBN: 0375706410

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