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The Crazed

Ha Jin

Ha Jin’s seismically powerful new novel is at once an unblinking look into the bell jar of communist Chinese society and a portrait of the eternal compromises and deceptions of the human state. When the venerable professor Yang, a teacher of literature at a provincial university, has a stroke, his student Jian Wan is assigned to care for him. Since the dutiful Jian plans to marry his mentor’s beautiful, icy daughter, the job requires delicacy. Just how much delicacy becomes clear when Yang begins to rave. Are these just the outpourings of a broken mind, or is Yang speaking the truth—about his family, his colleagues, and his life’s work? And will bearing witness to the truth end up breaking poor Jian’s heart? Combining warmth and intimacy with an unsparing social vision, The Crazed is Ha Jin’s most enthralling book to date.

Ha Jin’s seismically powerful new novel is at once an unblinking look into the bell jar of communist Chinese society and a portrait of the eternal compromises and deceptions of the human state. When the venerable professor Yang, a teacher of literature at a provincial university, has a stroke, his student Jian Wan is assigned to care for him. Since the dutiful Jian plans to marry his mentor’s beautiful, icy daughter, the job requires delicacy. Just how much delicacy becomes clear when Yang begins to rave. Are these just the outpourings of a broken mind, or is Yang speaking the truth—about his family, his colleagues, and his life’s work? And will bearing witness to the truth end up breaking poor Jian’s heart? Combining warmth and intimacy with an unsparing social vision, The Crazed is Ha Jin’s most enthralling book to date.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Ha Jin’s seismically powerful new novel is at once an unblinking look into the bell jar of communist Chinese society and a portrait of the eternal compromises and deceptions of the human state. When the venerable professor Yang, a teacher of literature at a provincial university, has a stroke, his student Jian Wan is assigned to care for him. Since the dutiful Jian plans to marry his mentor’s beautiful, icy daughter, the job requires delicacy. Just how much delicacy becomes clear when Yang begins to rave. Are these just the outpourings of a broken mind, or is Yang speaking the truth—about his family, his colleagues, and his life’s work? And will bearing witness to the truth end up breaking poor Jian’s heart? Combining warmth and intimacy with an unsparing social vision, The Crazed is Ha Jin’s most enthralling book to date.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Norm Lee

Length:

9h 44m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

01:04


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

27:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:09


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:15


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

18:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

22:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:23


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

23:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

31:55


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

10:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

16:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

17:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

10:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

17:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:13


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

28:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

19:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

17:31


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:33


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

19:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

32:58


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

21:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

01:06