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Ha Jin's Dismount Fort teems with vivid life and people who grow ever less strange as their struggles unfold. An exotic subject matter helps, but narrative talent proves victorious.(Time Magazine)
Splendidly fluid and clear: Ha Jin has managed to make an utterly alien world seem as familiar as an old friend.(Kirkus Reviews)
Ha Jin is a master satirist, not so much of Chinese politics as of the human psyche when it's being twisted and pummeled by some higher authority.(Chicago Tribune)
[Ha Jin] infuses his tales with unforgettable characters who are grappling with questions of honor and shame, passion vs. respectability.(San Jose Mercury News)
The spirit of a rural town during China's Cultural Revolution is captured in this strong collection from poet and People's Army veteran Jin (Oceans of Words), one of China's best-known post-Tiananmen imigris . . . Through a series of troubling vignettes . . . the reader gains a unique picture of a people struggling in a world in which matchmakers and fortune tellers exist with party officials and Red Guards.(Publishers Weekly)
Mr. Jin's haunting portraits of life in China, particularly during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s, are shattering conventional expectations of what it is to be a 'Chinese writer,' and at the same time attracting torrents of praise.(Asian Wall Street Journal)
Though the stories in The Bridegroom, Ocean of Words, and A Good Fall are better written, this is still a fabulous collection of short fiction by any standard. Read morePublished on August 12, 2010 by Christopher Barrett
I like to leave this lovely book in our bathroom at home, so when Arsenal are playing at home, my girlfriend has something to read. Read morePublished on December 12, 2002 by nickunt