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Nanjing Requiem by Ha Jin
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I'd certainly give this book a star and a half. I didn't like Jin's approach to the book, while I honestly believe this subject matter of this book is extremely important, as most people don't know much about the massacres of the Chinese during World War 2.

I wanted to like this book. I found the book to be dry and lifeless. While by no means is the massacre of Nanjing during World War 2 a happy subject, I just felt that this story while historically accurate was far less passionate than other books written on the subject. It made me feel indifferent and bored as I progressed, which is what I'd really not like to feel on such a horrid subject. Make me angry, make me care, but don't make me put the book down and not want to finish it due to lack of interest in historical characters. Iris Chang took a far more passionate approach and it came out in her book. I feel like the book that Jin has written here, is based mostly on her research, which is disappointing.
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