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ISBN: 0099492725 / ISBN-13: 9780099492726

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'Every summer Lin Kong returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife, Shuyu.' For more than seventeen years, Lin Kong, a devoted and ambitious doctor ... Show synopsis

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  • Waiting (Vintage) – Paperback (2006)
    by Ha Jin

    Waiting

    Paperback, Vintage
    2006
    New edition. New edition.
    320 pages

    ISBN: 0099492725
    ISBN-13: 9780099492726

    For more than seventeen years, Lin Kong, a devoted and ambitious doctor, has been in love with an educated, clever, modern woman, Manna Wu. But back in the traditional world of his home village lives the wife his family chose for him when he was young. Every year he visits her in order to ask, again and again, for a divorce. In a culture in which the ancient ties of tradition and family still hold sway and where adultery discovered by the Party can ruin lives forever, Lin's passionate love is stretched ever more taut by the ... Show more

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Rubycanary

Waiting

by Rubycanary on Nov 29, 2007

Having lived in Asia, I found this to be a beautiful and sad tale about the values of love and marriage. It was very realistic and tragic. Lin Kong waits two decades to marry the woman he really loves. The time it takes to get a divorce without the wife's permission. His humble wife lives at home, dedicated to him, while she knows that he is planning for when their marriage will end. When he finally does get to marry the love of his life, he finds that the expectations are nothing like the reality.

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