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HA JIN's previous books include the internationally best-selling Waiting, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award; War Trash, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award; the story collections Under the Red Flag, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Ocean of Words, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award; and three books of poetry.
It's better than an average 3-star book, but not worth 4 stars, in my opinion.
I am having a hard time understanding why the author chose to portray such a horrendous human tragedy with so little emotion and in such a detached manner.
Because of the lack of character investment I just couldn't get into this novel like I did the story of the Wu's.
I really expected to find this novel fascinating, based on the reviews, and I wanted to learn more about that time and events in China. Read morePublished 3 months ago by nsclarke
When I noticed this book at my local library within a week of watching the 2007 documentary Nanking on the same subject I felt the need to read this historical fiction version of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Julee Rudolf
Another amazing, hard hitting book written about the period of Japan's occupation of China and the atrocities which occured when the Japanese army overtook Nanjing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Watertheplants!
I am a long-time Ha Jin fan. When I heard about "Nanjing Requiem' I was excited to get my copy.
I am aware of the atrocities of World War II by the Japanese at Nanjing... Read more
The prose is sometimes a little awkward, but this story puts flesh on the bones of history. The history is well researched and it's sometimes hard to remember that it's fiction. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sharon Weakley
...and I really thought I would. I used to live in Japan, am from Hawaii, and so I thought this storyline would be right up my alley. Read morePublished 19 months ago by LCW
I have never been disappointed by any of Ha Jin's books and Nanjing Requiem is no exception. It's a compelling novel about foreigners running a school in China when it was invaded... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gypsy Laurie
The Japanese slaughtered and raped the civilian population as they stormed Nanjing at the beginning of what would become World War Two. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Alan Mills
While I found this historical topic very interesting, this is not the author's best work, in part because he seems to focus more on the historical details of the moment, instead of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by HardyBoy64