'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, 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 - a humble and ...
'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, 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 - a humble and touchingly loyal woman - whom he visits 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 passing years. Every summer, his compliant wife agrees to a divorce but then backs out. This time, Lin promises, will be different. Tracing these lives through their summer of decision and beyond, Ha Jin vividly conjures the texture of daily life in a place where the demands of human longing must contend with the weight of centuries of wisdom. Waiting charms and startles with its depiction of a China that remains hidden to Western eyes even as it moves with its piercing vision of the universal complications of love.
Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by author. Flat SIGNED by Ha Jin on full title page. Fine with dj protected in mylar. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 320 p. Audience: General/trade.
Very Good in Near Fine jacket. Book. Signed by Author(s) A Very Good Copy-Signed By The Author On The Title Page. Author'S Signature Only. First Edition, 3Rd Printing, With The Corresponding Number Line. Book Is In Very Good Condition. Boards Are Clean, Not Bumped. Fore Edges Have A Small Amount Of Shelf Wear. Interior Is Clean And Legible. Not Remaindered. Dust Jacket Is In Near Fine Condition. Not Chipped Or Crinkled. Not Price Clipped. Dust Jacket Is Covered By Mylar Wrapper. Thanks And Enjoy.
Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. Signed by Author Signed by Author. National Book Award Winner. Later Printing. NF/NF. Hardcover, quarter cloth with gilt titles, DJ, 308 pp, award sticker on front cover, very slight edgewear to DJ, else a nice, clean and crisp copy. Protected in a Brodart cover.
Fine in Fine jacket. Signed by Author Signed by Ha Jin on the title page-signature only First Edition, but Second Printing with corresponding number line. Book is in Fine condition. Boards are clean, not bumped. Fore edges are clean. Interior is clean and legible. Not remaindered. Dust Jacket is in Fine condition. Not chipped or crinkled. Not price clipped. Book is in Mylar Cover. All-ways well boxed, All-ways fast service. Thanks.
Near Fine. Uncorrected Proof. Signed by Author Light creases to lower corner front cover. Winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Fiction, winner of the year 2000 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and finalist for the year 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Ha Jin has signed his name on the title page in English and Chinese.
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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