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4.0 out of 5 stars So simple- but I couldn't put it down., 19 Nov. 2007
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After reading some of Ha Jin's short stories I couldn't wait to read one of his novels.
This is a very short book, written in the simplest of prose. The plot is rather predictable and the characters not very well developed.
However, hopefully without this sounding too patronising, I really felt as though the story was told by this working-class, poor, narrator. The language isn't flowery or poetic, it is the language of a maintenance worker in a fertalising plant, just as it is supposed to be (even though he is a self-professed intellectual). He describes the characters as one would expect him to describe them and the predicatability of the plot makes it seem realistic.
I couldn't put it down, and read the whole thing last Sunday. For the whole day I felt I had been transported to communist China and was deply involved in this man's struggle against the fertalising plant's corrupt leaders.
If you want a captivating little tale without too much literary poetic 'nonsense' then you'll love this!

(p.s. Don't listen to the review that says you can't help comparing this to Animal Farm- it is nothing like Animal Farm. The only similarity is that China is communist. Otherwise no resemblance whatsoever!)
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