The Crazed

The Crazed

Book - 2002 | First edition.
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"In his new novel, the author of Waiting deepens his portrait of contemporary Chinese society while exploring the perennial conflicts between convention and individualism, integrity and pragmatism, loyalty and betrayal. Professor Yang, a respected teacher of literature at a provincial university, has had a stroke, and his student Jian Wan - who is also engaged to Yang's daughter - has been assigned to care for him. What at at first seems a simple if burdensome duty becomes treacherous when the professor begins to rave: pleading with invisible tormentors, denouncing his family, his colleagues, and a system in which a scholar is "just a piece of meat on a cutting board."" "Are these just manifestations of illness, or is Yang spewing up the truth? And can the dutiful Jian avoid being irretrievably compromised?"--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2002]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780375421815
0375421815
Branch Call Number: JIN
Characteristics: 323 pages ;,22 cm

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Sep 06, 2012

Fascinating look into the Chinese society just before and during the Tiananmen Square student uprising. The novel unfolds through eyes of a dying professor's lost mind, then takes a momentum through the lives of people close to him. The most fascinating part of the book for me was the visit into the poorest parts of Chinese countryside, wow! Very well done evolution of the narrator.

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Harriet_the_Spy Mar 11, 2013

Jian is a literature graduate student who finds himself, in the spring of 1989, caring for his professor who has just had a stroke. As student unrest spreads through the country, Jian remains apolitical and focused on his exams and his professor's health. Gradually, through his professor's crazed murmurings, he comes to understand that things are not as they seem, and that politics infuses every part of life. Forced to go into the countryside for the first time in his life, he confronts the reality of rural poverty and official corruption. Eventually caught up in the student uprisings himself, he realizes his life is changed forever.

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