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Ocean of Words by Ha Jin
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Dec 27, 2011

it was ok

I didn't love this one but it is definitely worth reading. A series of short stories, told from the point of view of a Chinese soldier stationed on the Russian border during the 1970s (Author may have actually been stationed there at about this time - before he left for the US and became an Emory prof)Stories complicate our stereotypical understanding of the Cultural Revolution. Told from the standpoint not of the intelligentsia but of peasants, also concerned with demonstrating they are not counter revolutionaries but many of whom also long to read and have relationships with women (banned essentially by Mao for soldiers). In any event, a couple of the characters will linger for a long time.

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