A Free Life
Meet the Wu family-father Nan, mother Pingping, and son Taotao. They are arranging to fully sever ties with China in the aftermath of the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square, and to begin a new, free life in the United States. At first, their future seems well-assured. But...more
It's quite different, much more ...more
Through the character of Nan Wu, th ...more
Perhaps hearing H ...more
Nan and Pingping Wu are classic strivers in the Horatio Alger rags to riches, pull yourself up by your bootstrap ...more
Having finally finished: 600+ pages of driftiness! There is no plot, just the internal musings of a man trying to find himself. Sometimes, though, in mid-chapter the point of view changes to other characters, even incidental ones about whom we know little. ...more
Let grief embolden your song."
Recent days have been passing quiet cheerful with this novel by Ha Jin. Although i have finished it, i know its melancholic atmosphere will linger on in my mind for some more time. It seems to me that Ha Jin is a great novelist with his brilliantly detailed, quite realistic writing. More importantly, "A free life" gave me a new inspiration to write poetry again which i had left in the middle of my way.
It's not a heart-racing narrative. It ...more
The book started off with Taotao arriving in the United States, and he was welcomed by his parents, Nan & Pingping. The story started off quite well, I was wondering the ending would be when they made it in the United States. Nan, a graduate student quit his study and wanted to provide better life for his family. Even though, he married Pingping out of love, but they s ...more
2015 challenge: a book over 500 pages ...more