[E–pub/E–book] A Free Life


  • Hardcover
  • 660
  • A Free Life
  • Ha Jin
  • English
  • 09 October 2018
  • 9780375424656

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A Free Life review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB A moving realistic but always hopeful narrative novel of the Wu family father Nan mother Pingping and son Taotao as they fully sever their ties with China in the aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen Suare massacre and begin a new free life in the United StatesFrom Ha Jin the widely acclaimed award winning author of Waiting and War Trash comes a novel that takes his fiction to a new setting 1990s America We follow the Wu family father Nan mother Pingping and son Taotao as they fully sever their ties with China in the aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen Suare massacre and begin a new free life in the United StatesAt first their future seems well assured Nan’s g A Chinese immigrant moves to Boston and becomes disenchanted with his political science studies so he drops out of university and struggles to take care of his family doing a series of low paying somewhat demoralizing exhausting jobs What he really wants to do is write poetry He can t seem to forget his ex girlfriend even though he s married to someone else someone wonderful and has a child with her As the years pass in slow but beautifully written simple detail he learns to cook in NYC and eventually moves down south to Atlanta where he buys a restaurant and a house He s able to pay off his mortgage and live the American Dream with his wife and son but he doesn t see it that way he s convinced that he is a failureThis book is for anyone who s ever tried to be an artist It redefined the term for me Despite consisting of low key events and day to day details no huge action I was riveted by this book and cared deeply about the characters It s uite sad at times but has an uplifting and satisfying ending Individual Motivation Within Groups realistic but always hopeful narrative novel of the Wu family father Nan mother Pingping and son Taotao as they fully sever their ties with China in the aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen Suare massacre and begin a new free life in the United StatesFrom Ha Jin the widely acclaimed award winning author of Waiting and War Trash comes a novel that takes his fiction to a new setting 1990s America We follow the Wu family father Nan mother Pingping and son Taotao as they fully sever their ties with China in the aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen Suare massacre and begin a new free life in the United StatesAt first their future seems well assured Nan’s g A Chinese immigrant moves to Boston and becomes disenchanted with his political science studies so he drops out of university and struggles to take care of his family doing a series of low paying somewhat demoralizing exhausting jobs What he Why I Am a Jew really wants to do is write poetry He can t seem to forget his ex girlfriend even though he s married to someone else someone wonderful and has a child with her As the years pass in slow but beautifully written simple detail he learns to cook in NYC and eventually moves down south to Atlanta where he buys a Cursed by Darkness Befallen Tides #1 restaurant and a house He s able to pay off his mortgage and live the American Dream with his wife and son but he doesn t see it that way he s convinced that he is a failureThis book is for anyone who s ever tried to be an artist It Ship of Magic redefined the term for me Despite consisting of low key events and day to day details no huge action I was Kick-boxing pour la ligne riveted by this book and cared deeply about the characters It s uite sad at times but has an uplifting and satisfying ending

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A Free Life review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB Raduate work in political science at Brandeis University would guarantee him a teaching position in China but after the fallout from Tiananmen Nan’s disillusionment turns him towards his first love poetry Leaving his studies he takes on a variety of menial jobs while Pingping works for a wealthy widow as a cook and housekeeper As Nan struggles to adapt to a new language and culture his love of poetry and literature sustains him through difficult lean years Ha Jin creates a moving realistic but always hopeful narrative as Nan moves from Boston to New York to Atlanta ever in search of financial stability and success even in a culture that sometimes fee I was intrigued by the first chapter of this book the story of a Chinese couple who are living in the USA Their 6 year old son Taotao is traveling alone from China to LA and they are meeting him at the airport Nan the father hasn t seen his son in 4 years Pingping the mother for 2 years Both are anxious and worried For the next 200 pages I followed their lives challenges and dreams of an independent life in America They work hard very hard He leaves his academic career and works many menial jobs to support his family They buy a restaurant and work long hours They re good parents She teaches their son every night first to catch him up to the American kids then to help him surpass them Nan struggles with his love of poetry writing which he has abandoned He struggles with thoughts of a lost love And so it goes After about 300 pages I was getting bored We learn about their new American friends a childless couple who adopt a Chinese baby Nan meets poets They buy a house He s unhappy They suffer physically from their long hours He thinks about that lost love He reads dictionaries and American poets She works in the restaurant kitchen when he can t be there Are you bored yet You see the author just tells you what happens The characters never come alive I didn t care about any of them The book is written in very short chapters just a few pages that make it easy to read But as it drags on for 629 pages it feels like a diary than an edited novel Exactly where was the editor here I found many sections that added nothing to the real story and too many details that were unnecessary Do I need a description of what he sees on the road from Atlanta to Chicago Sure the life of an immigrant is difficult The language barrier is hard Educated people take menial jobs because their skills aren t recognized in this country But the storytelling isn t compelling And the ending is predictable and unsatisfying

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A Free Life review Û eBook or Kindle ePUB Ls oppressive and hostile As Pingping and Taotao slowly adjust to American life Nan still feels a strange paradoxical attachment to his homeland though he violently disagrees with Communist policy And severing all ties including his love for a woman who rejected him in his youth proves to be difficult than he could have ever imaginedHa Jin’s prodigious talents are evident in this powerful new book which brilliantly brings to life the struggles and successes that characterize the contemporary immigrant experience With its lyrical prose and confident grace A Free Life is a luminous addition to the works of one of the preeminent writers in America today The first of Ha Jin s writing to be primarily set in the United States A Free Life is a meandering yet nevertheless beautifully written novel expounding upon and nuancing the prototypical Asian American immigrant narrative In the aftermath of the Tiananmen Suare Massacre the Wu family comprised of Nan Wu the father Pinging Wu the mother and Taotao the son must forge a new life in the United States After Nan drops out of graduate school in political science at Brandeis University the family must work harder than ever to ensure a successful future The novel takes us from suburbs of Boston to New York City to Atlanta and in the later stages of the text back to China In the meantime Ha Jin aims to clarify some of the nuances in the Chinese diasporic community by linking some of the difficulties that the Wu family faces directly because of their Mandarin speaking background My biggest critiue of the novel is that it is just too long and clocking in at a morbidly obese 660 pages A Free Life could have certainly used a harsh editor The uneven plot does little to carry the reader along and really I believe it is the strength of Ha Jin s writing style that lovingly develops and carries what meager momentum there often is for the Wu family For those that have read some Asian American literature the narrative itself will seem ultimately overly familiar for the American Dream looms large as a unifying trope in numerous cultural productions and texts Why it is that we should deign to spend it with this seemingly mundane family does beg the particular uestion about whether or not Jin aimed to consider this from the perspective of US minority literatures Indeed Nan Wu an aspiring poet and writer does at one point come upon the names Gish Jen and Maxine Hong Kingston but later rather emulates other canonical poets Given the immigrant suffering and angst so prevalent in Jen and Kingston s work perhaps Nan Wu would have found a different perspective from which to understand challenge and critiue his own life s path Toward the concluding pages of the text Nan is finally sending out poems for publication He mailed out another batch of poems to a small journal called Yellow Leaves which he had noticed published some Asian American authors 591 The reader never discovers if his poetic aspirations are successful only left with an epilogue of Nan s poems


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