Waiting by Ha Jin

“Waiting by Ha Jin

Good things come to those who wait, or so we’re told. This is a story of love in a difficult time, during the Cultural Revolution in China. A man has a wife, then falls for another, but how can one horse pull two carts?, as one character in the story puts it. He has to wait for a divorce but there are complications and he changes along the way too.

This novel is about the passing of time. It’s about how people change. It’s about how sometimes we don’t know what we really want.

The setting is nice too as it puts it into the historical novel category and you get a feeling for what it was like to be working as a medical professional in the Chinese Army during the Mao era.

I enjoyed this novel. It doesn’t have even a 4 star rating on GoodReads. It won both the National Book Award for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award. I think this novel has low ratings because people want novels that have excitement and a fast moving plot.

This book is neither fast, nor ’exciting’. It’s about the main character, Lin Kong, the man who’s juggling two women. It’s about his character and how he navigates a difficult path: divorcing his wife with honor, while not cheating on his wife with a new woman, and also keeping work off his back about it all.

Rating: ★★★★★ Book #46 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge #Books #BookReview #TranslatedFiction”,

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