War Trash by Ha Jin
(Vintage International)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 7 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

Ha Jin’s masterful new novel casts a searchlight into a forgotten corner of modern history, the experience of Chinese soldiers held in U.S. POW camps during the Korean War. In 1951 Yu Yuan, a scholarly and self-effacing clerical officer in Mao’s “volunteer” army, is taken prisoner south of the 38th Parallel. Because he speaks English, he soon becomes an intermediary between his compatriots and their American captors.With Yuan as guide, we are ushered into the secret world behind the barbed wire, a world where kindness alternates with blinding cruelty and one has infinitely more to fear from one’s fellow prisoners than from the guards. Vivid in its historical detail, profound in its imaginative empathy, War Trash is Ha Jin’s most ambitious book to date.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Ha Jin

See more books from this Author
Ha Jin left his native China in 1985 to attend Brandeis University. He is the author of the internationally bestselling novel Waiting, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the National Book Award, and War Trash, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and was a Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize; the story collections The Bridegroom, which won the Asian American Literary Award, Under the Red Flag, which won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Ocean of Words, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award; the novels The Crazed and In the Pond; and three books of poetry. His latest novel, A Free Life is his first novel set in the United States. He lives in the Boston area and is a professor of English at Boston University.War Trash, The Crazed, The Bridegroom, Waiting, In the Pond, and Ocean of Words are available in paperback from Vintage Books.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 370 pages
Genres: War, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for War Trash

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

The Chinese-born American author offers the fictional memoirs (historically based) of a Chinese officer's difficult years as a POW in the Korean War--and the more difficult return to China after the ceasefire.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of War Trash (Vintage Internatio...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

A starred review indicates a book of outstanding quality. A review with a blue-tinted title indicates a book of unusual commercial interest that hasn't received a starre

Aug 02 2004 | Read Full Review of War Trash (Vintage Internatio...

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

Invention and memory fuse to make Ha Jin's novel about a P.O.W. as vivid as historical testimony.

Oct 10 2004 | Read Full Review of War Trash (Vintage Internatio...

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

Invention and memory fuse to make Ha Jin's novel about a P.O.W. as vivid as historical testimony.

Oct 10 2004 | Read Full Review of War Trash (Vintage Internatio...

BookPage

But in his new novel War Trash, award-winning author Ha Jin has chosen to focus on an even less-remembered aspect of that war: Chinese POWs faced with the choice between repatriation and resettlement in "Free China," aka Taiwan.Ha Jin presents War Trash as the memoir of Yu Yuan, a Chinese officer.

Apr 07 2015 | Read Full Review of War Trash (Vintage Internatio...

Bookmarks Magazine

War Trash, Jin’s fourth novel, describes in unflinching detail the hardships Chinese POWs endured during a war that American history often ignores.

Oct 10 2007 | Read Full Review of War Trash (Vintage Internatio...

ForeignPolicy

FP Reports and Merchandise |

Apr 19 2011 | Read Full Review of War Trash (Vintage Internatio...

Reader Rating for War Trash
80%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 72 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×