In The Pond

by Ha Jin | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0375709118 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wordfiendca of Grande Prairie, Alberta Canada on 5/9/2002
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5 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wordfiendca from Grande Prairie, Alberta Canada on Thursday, May 09, 2002
This novel is extremely well written, though the plot is bizarre. Bin is a character who has been passed over for better housing in communist China. He decides to go after the company for not choosing him and he ends up in a battle for a lot more than just housing. His actions become stranger and stranger and his bosses's corruption is well shown. This is an interesting example of communism at work.

Journal Entry 2 by wordfiendca from Grande Prairie, Alberta Canada on Sunday, November 10, 2002

Journal Entry 3 by wordfiendca at on Monday, November 11, 2002
Released on Monday, November 11, 2002 at In the mail.... in Nervousness.org, Nervousness World Wide Web.

Sending this off to wvrv01 today.

Journal Entry 4 by wvrvt01 from Left Hand, West Virginia USA on Tuesday, December 03, 2002
I just got this today in the mail as a LMAO from nervousness....I will begin reading on Friday.

Journal Entry 5 by wvrvt01 from Left Hand, West Virginia USA on Sunday, December 08, 2002
This story was funny and great proof that the pen (brush) is mightier than the sword. It also gave me a glimpse into Communist China life without putting me to sleep. I would definately read more from this author.

Journal Entry 6 by elithraniel from Dedham, Massachusetts USA on Sunday, February 09, 2003
This was not the usual genre that I gravitate towards but I found it an interesting read nonetheless. It was rather easy to identify with Bin, the main character, though I did find his behaviour strange. The book was an easy and humorous read and I would recommend it to others in the future. Thank you wordfiendca for sharing this book with all of us.

Sending this off to the next person in line on 02/10/03.

Journal Entry 7 by beli from Redwood City, California USA on Thursday, February 27, 2003
This book was humorous and well-written. It's a fun look into a different world. Though the culture is very different, office politics must be universal! I kept thinking it's fortunate for him that they don't have "RIFs" at his factory or he'd definitely be getting the axe.
Sympathetic though the protagonist is, we also see that he can be petty and temperamental. The beaurocrats he's fighting, i.e. the antagonists, aren't terribly well developed. But that's not a big deal in a comedy. The coolest thing about this book, perhaps, is that in the end we don't really know who wins. The hero has a small victory that thrills him, but he's still and forever "in the pond."
I'll be sending this on to the next person in line on nervousness.com now.

Journal Entry 8 by Odin from Rantoul, Illinois USA on Friday, March 07, 2003
Just got this as part of a bookchain at nervousness.org More when I'm done reading.

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