A Free Life

A Free Life

Book - 2007
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A Chinese family tries to adjust to life in America after cutting ties with their homeland in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2007
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780375424656
0375424652
Branch Call Number: FIC Jin 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 660 p

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doroschelch
Aug 24, 2012

The tribulations of a Chinese immigrant family in the US, particularly the man's struggle with having to provide for the family and his aspirations to poetry - which failed to engage me on the personal level: I just could not muster up a lot of empathy for him or any of the other characters...

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lpreston214
Jul 06, 2012

An outstanding story of Chinese immigrants "living the American dream" in Boston and then Georgia. Terrific, complex characters stuggle with their relationships with their new and old countries and with each other. The story focuses on Nan, the husband and father. Once a student directed by China to study Political Science he drops out and opts to stay in America after Tiananmen. He learns to be a chef and later opens his own restaurant in Georgia with wife PingPing. What he really wants to do is write poetry. He struggles to do so, seeking strong emotion which he hopes will inspire him. Eventually he learns, as most of us do, that ideals of passion and love and a worry-free life may not be attainable and that inspiration can be found close at hand with our loved ones and that few people reach the ideal of the American dream. The glory is in the striving.

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flammy_icy_girl
Dec 26, 2011

Thanks that's very encouraging o.o
672 pages... well i'm used to long novels... but yeah i will read it :O

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sam
May 22, 2008

An "immigrant experience story" through a poet's vision. Don't let the 672 pages intimidate you...

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