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    (EBOOK / KINDLE) A Free Life AUTHOR Ha Jin dude i'm not even a fifth of the way through and i've heard that1 it's very hard for a chinese immigrant in the post tiananmen era of forced migration of chinese students to get a job let alone a decent job 2 the protagonist is unha

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    Read & download A Free Life (EBOOK / KINDLE) A Free Life AUTHOR Ha Jin Download Ú PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free à Ha Jin I had the privilege of meeting Ha Jin when he visited Kalamazoo College some years ago when I still worked there in media relations and so when his name came up again this time as an author to read in a new bookclub I have joined at my new workplace I took up his newest novel A Free Life with warm anticipation To add to that sense Ha Jin wi

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    Ha Jin à 2 Free read Download Ú PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free à Ha Jin Read & download A Free Life Ha Jin's success in the United States has been an extraordinary rebuttal to Yeats's claim that no man can think or write with music and vigor except in his mother tongue An immigrant from China who survived the Cultural Revolution and almost six years in the People's Liberation Army Jin had been writing in English less than a decade when he won a PENHemingway Award in 1996 for his first story collection Ocean of Words

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Ha Jin à 2 Free read A Free Life Download  102 Life and to hold his family together even as he pines for a woman he loved and lost in his youth Ha Jin's prodigious talents are in full force as he brilliantly brings to life the struggles and successes of the contemporary immigrant experien. Ha Jin s success in the United States has been an extraordinary rebuttal to Yeats s claim that no man can think or write with music and vigor except in his mother tongue An immigrant from China who survived the Cultural Revolution and almost six years in the People s Liberation Army Jin had been writing in English less than a decade when he won a PENHemingway Award in 1996 for his first story collection Ocean of Words The next year his second collection Under the Red Flag won the Flannery O Connor Award Waiting took a National Book Award in 1999 and War Trash was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 And yet despite this pile of literary laurels and a professorship at Boston University Jin still seems troubled by Yeats s dictumHis enormous new novel A Free Life his first to be set in the United States is the most autobiographical of his works It tells an archetypal tale of immigrant struggle and success but its real focus is the author s battle to break into the language and the literary culture of his adopted country The story begins in Boston soon after the Tiananmen Suare massacre in 1989 Nan Wu is a political science student at Brandeis with a beautiful wife he does not love and a 6 year old son The changed political climate makes it impossible for Nan to go home and it seems senseless now to finish his PhD He had no idea what he was going to do the narrator writes Such an independent condition was new to him Now he would have to earn a living by himself and also support his family He was free free to choose his own way and to make something of himself But what were the choices available to him Could he survive in this land The feeling of uncertainty overwhelmed himThe problem of freedom has been central to all Jin s previous works but how fascinatingly different that problem looks in a free country Liberty raises the specter of failure poverty and uselessness in a way unimaginable to Nan back in China where he was provided a salary shelter usually a bed or at most a room coupons for cloth and grain and cooking oil medical care and sometimes even free condoms Now he and his wife are given asylum but nothing else I feel like a crippled man here he thinksHis fellow students switch to marketable degrees in business and law but Nan wants to write poetry even though he knows there s no audience for Chinese poetry in America and no possibility of having his work published back home Despondent about his career and still pining for a girlfriend who cast him off years before he takes a series of low paying jobs and presses on through a fog of depression and shame Eventually he and his wife Pingping manage to scrape together enough money to buy a small Chinese restaurant in Atlanta where they build a successful business buy a house and attain the trappings of the American dreamThat dream is complicated though by the persistence of Nan s desire to write poetry in English a desire Jin draws with aching sympathy He knew that in this land the language was like a body of water in which he had to learn how to swim and breathe even though he d feel out of his element whenever he used it If he didn t try hard to adapt himself developing new lungs and gills for this alien water his life would be confined and atrophied and eventually wither awayOver the years even when working in menial jobs Nan remains within the Chinese literary community which introduces him to a broader circle of successful writers Throughout the novel Jin uses these encounters to present an odd series of cautionary tales about how not to live as an artist Most of the names here are fictional and maybe the writers he punctures are too vain to recognize themselves but even in Nan s humble voice there s no mistaking Jin s disdain the pompous literary lion fawned over by a parasitic graduate student a writer who manipulates his reputation by recycling positive reviews of his work through different journals another who dissipates his talent with overexposure all of them falling prey to moneygrubbing instead of aspiring to a higher order of artistic achievement A brief trip to the Iowa Writers Workshop gives Nan a chance to look down on the next crop of American poets They re smart enough but he finds them uite fragile writing mainly for themselves Poetry had become an esoteric art here somewhat deprived of its vitality and earnestnessAnd earnestness Jin makes clear over these 600 irony free pages is pretty much the pinnacle of his artistic expression In War Trash Jin s restrained unadorned voice rendered the horrors of a Korean prison camp all the harrowing but when used at this exhaustive length to describe the details of suburban Georgia the story grows dull And the structure of the novel scores of short chapters each just a few pages long puts enormous emphasis on episodes that are freuently not very significant That s a shame not only because it buries some truly lovely sections involving Nan s wife but also because the novel s corpulence smothers the poetic sensibility Nan keeps trying to developThe plot s lack of momentum is exacerbated by the number of potentially exciting events that rise up but come to naught It s a pattern established right in the novel s opening when Nan s son is lost during the trans Pacific flight to America Don t worry The boy was just dawdling on the plane Soon afterward Nan plots to kidnap the children of Chinese officials studying in America but he uickly abandons that violent plan Later a lawyer swindles them out of their business but no Nan was just being paranoid A tornado approaches and then blows over A runaway teenager shows up on their doorstep but then goes home to her mother An armed man bursts into the restaurant but police arrive before he does any harm A neighbor asks Nan s wife to be a surrogate mother but she decides not to By the time their friends daughter gets leukemia I had no worries about the girl s future at all This isn t so much a free life as a charmed oneAnd yet throughout we have to endure Nan s childish outbursts his melodramatic self denunciations his obvious tardy epiphanies Besides dreams what else can I have he whines toward the end How about a devoted wife a successful business a healthy sonBut push on or skip to the end You ll find an epilogue that contains 25 moving startling Poems by Nan Wu These verses roughly chronicle the events in the novel but they vibrate with the precision and intensity the long preceding narrative lacksI prefer to crawl around at my own pacein the salt water of EnglishAs for the great ghosts in the templewhy should I bother about their acceptanceThe light of dawn does not discriminateA tree or butterfly or streamunlike the dog corrupted by humansdoes not notice the color of your skinTo write in this language is to be aloneto live on the margin whereloneliness ripens into solitudeThere s no uestion that Jin s language has ripened into something extraordinary And taken as a whole A Free Life is a striking demonstration of the poetic success he craved But how many readers will endure till its convincing finish

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Ha Jin à 2 Free read A Free Life Download  102 A New York Times Notable Book One of the Best Books of the Year Chicago Tribune Chicago Sun Times Entertainment Weekly Slate In A Free Life Ha Jin follows the Wu family father Nan mother Pingping and son Taotao as they sever their ties w. The most thorough treatment of the Asian immigrant experience you re ever likely to find All of the most intricate details ring so clear and true Only someone who has lived this experience could render it so honestly and poignantly I am in awe of Ha Jin s mastery of English He s so careful with the language choosing just the right words and placing each exactly where it belongs He has a better command of the language than many native speakers RemarkableThrough the character of Nan Wu the author touches on all of the struggles inner and outer experienced by those seeking to make America their adopted country It takes many years of back breaking work and conflicted loyalties before Nan finally relaxes and feels that this is his permanent home He alternates between resentment of American ways and gratitude for the freedoms and opportunities available He s eually conflicted about his own country dwelling on happy memories and wanting to love China but feeling anger toward the government and their control of all thought and behavior When he finally returns to China after many years away he realizes he no longer belongs there and is uncomfortably eager to get back to America Back in the 90 s I had a variety of international housemates so I was especially tickled by the blunders made as the characters tackled the English language I remember my housemates valiant efforts and hilarious mistakes They were so good natured about being corrected and snickered at Far gracious than I would be had I tried to learn their languages

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Ha Jin à 2 Free read A Free Life Download  102 Ith China in the aftermath of the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Suare and begin a new life in the United States As Nan takes on a number of menial jobs eventually operating a restaurant with Pingping he struggles to adapt to the American way of. I had the privilege of meeting Ha Jin when he visited Kalamazoo College some years ago when I still worked there in media relations and so when his name came up again this time as an author to read in a new bookclub I have joined at my new workplace I took up his newest novel A Free Life with warm anticipation To add to that sense Ha Jin will be visiting Grand Rapids Michigan in a few days from this writing and I look forward to hearing him speak of his new work Perhaps hearing Ha Jin speak will deepen my understanding of his novel about the immigrant experience from communist China to the United States I would welcome that At this point however reading it wasn t the shining and revelatory experience I had hoped it would be Granted that may in part be because through my own family s immigrant experience of coming from Soviet occupied Latvia to the United States in WWII I am already too familiar with this type of tale It lacks discovery for me And since English is not my native language either I find myself almost painfully aware in reading Ha Jin s prose it isn t his His language has almost a barrenness about it simple and spare to the bone It can be so very difficult to absorb the subtleties of language I know and to not only communicate in written language but express color and life in it with the varied nuances of idiom metaphor humor These are often the missing elements in this novel The hero of the novel the young Chinese man named Nan Wu seemingly always on the silent edge of a ready despair can be difficult to warm up to and I can t always say why It could indeed be that second language limitations don t allow the writer to give him the blood we need to feel pulsing in him to see him as real thus one with whom we can empathize His rather absurd longing for a first love throughout the book the cruel and shallow Beina who never misses a chance to treat him like dirt does little to endear him to the reader either Not even after the predictable conclusion to that storyline when Nan takes a trip to find Beina later in life only to discover she is neither beautiful nor desirable and his vision of this woman had no substance in reality she had been desirable only in his mind Ah all that wasted time and fantasy when his devoted wife PingPing has loved and cared for him broken hearted at her husband s chilly heart and lack of passion for her through thick and thin His new appreciation for the real love in his life so late in coming is satisfying if not uite redeeming The immigrant experience for Nan is one of chasing the American Dream and he does it well As is often the case the immigrant does it better in fact than most Americans He doesn t take long to own a business pay off his mortgage clear any debt and blaze a path for himself to become a poet His trip back to his childhood and youth home in China clears away any remaining nostalgia As with his misguided love for Beina though home is better in the foggy mythology of the past than in reality He concludes that Home is indeed where one has one s loving family and builds a life not necessarily where one has ancestral roots The novel concludes with the poems written by the character Nan and although that seemed odd to me at first as I read through them I found them pleasing I realized I might have liked to have seen them within the pages of the story rather than in concluding it It might have given me reason to emphatize with Nan which I was never uite able to do My final sense of this book is that Ha Jin has had great literary courage to take on the feat of writing in a new language With that in mind this is a worthy accomplishment Compared to the best in current American literature however it is a little tempting to urge a writer to hold back a while longer until the finer points of language are absorbed and mastered

  • Paperback
  • 672
  • A Free Life
  • Ha Jin
  • English
  • 02 July 2020
  • 9780307278609