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Nanjing Requiem The award winning author of Waiting and War Trash returns to his homeland in a searing new novel that unfurls during one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century the Rape of Nanjing In , with the Japanese poised to invade Nanjing, Minnie Vautrin an American missionary and the dean of Jinling Women s College decides to remain at the school, convinced that her American citizenship will help her safeguard the welfare of the Chinese men and women who work there She is painfully mistaken In the aftermath of the invasion, the school becomes a refugee camp for than ten thousand homeless women and children, and Vautrin must struggle, day after day, to intercede on behalf of the hapless victims Even when order and civility are eventually restored, Vautrin remains deeply embattled, and she is haunted by the lives she could not saveWith extraordinarily evocative precision, Ha Jin re creates the terror, the harrowing deprivations, and the menace of unexpected violence that defined life in Nanjing during the occupation In Minnie Vautrin he has given us an indelible portrait of a woman whose convictions and bravery prove, in the end, to be no match for the maelstrom of history At once epic and intimate, Nanjing Requiem is historical fiction at its most resonant


About the Author: Ha Jin

Ha Jin is the pen name of Jin Xuefei, a novelist, poet, short story writer, and Professor of English at Boston University.Ha Jin writes in English about China, a political decision post Tiananmen Square.



10 thoughts on “Nanjing Requiem

  1. Manray9 Manray9 says:

    Rarely do I quit a book once started, but I closed Nanjing Requiem after about 140 pages Ha Jin wanted to write a history of the Rape of Nanjing in the form of a novel The result was stilted, showing poor development of characters and plot, and without narrative flow Minnie and Anling went here, went there, went here again, went therethe Japanese did this, the Japan


  2. Shomeret Shomeret says:

    I read this book because I thought a novel would be a better way for me to read about the Japanese occupation of Nanjing Reportage of atrocities can de sensitize us so that they have less impact and you care less about the victims Fiction with characterization where you see into the minds and hearts of the characters and see their lives in context should make you careUnfortu


  3. Tara Chevrestt Tara Chevrestt says:

    I appreciate what the author has done here educated us about the rape Nanjing I didn t know a thing about it till I picked up this book But where I was expecting a historical novel about a strong missionary woman named Minnie, I got just what I said above, the rape of Nanjing The first part of the book is one brutality after another, page after page of rape, sexual molesting and defo


  4. NyiNya NyiNya says:

    Ha Jin never goes for the jugular His cool, reserved style works to his advantage in Nanjing Requiem The facts are so horrific, that letting too much emotion creep into the narrative could take it over the edge into Grand Guignol.The focus of Nanjing Requiem is Jinling Women s College Ha Jin seamlessly blends real and fictional figures and locations to bring us into the center of six weeks of


  5. Bill Bill says:

    too boringthis reads like journalism, not a novel.


  6. Samuel Samuel says:

    Ha Jin provides an empathetic history in his telling of this event that is frequently overlooked in our tellings of the history of the mid 20th century The first half of the novel deals with themes of heroism and justice as the protagonists try to protect thousands of women and children from the invading Imperial Army Exploring the limits of our abilities to affect the world around us, Ha Jin weaves a tale of


  7. Annette Annette says:

    Sadly, I don t have anything positive to say about this book It s been on my to read list for ages, and I ve long been interested in the story of the Nanjing massacre Nanjing Requiem was a major disappointment, and it read to me as if written in the simple language of a 10 year old That in itself isn t a crime, but it was also devoid of life, colour and personality.The characters based on real people living in Nanjing


  8. Marjorie Snook Marjorie Snook says:

    I really wanted to like this book Jin s Waiting and The Crazed are two of my favorite books, and I pre ordered this book onso I could get it as soon as it came out.I was underwhelmed, though While I did learn a lot about the occupation of Nanjing, and especially the role of foreigners in the city during the time, the book was strangely unengaging The book is all told at a strange emotional remove, making the storytelling seem w


  9. Chris Chris says:

    While I found the opening sections of this book riveting and horrifying the slow pace and dwelling on minute details left me struggling to keep up my interest as the novel progressed Clearly a subject worthy of exploration and revelation but I couldn t help but compare it unfavorably with classic historical novelizations like All Quiet on the Western Front or last year s The Sojourn.


  10. Maureen Grigsby Maureen Grigsby says:

    I found this to be a very interesting novel about Jinling Women s College in Nanjing in 1937, as the Japanese invade the city One of the most horrifying sites of war crimes, this novel focuses on Minnie Vautrin s extraordinary efforts turning the college into a refugee camp for women and children For her efforts, she was awarded The Order of the Jade, the highest honor the Chinese government could bestow on a foreigner Another outstanding book b


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