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In The Pond

Ha Jin

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ISBN 10: 0944072925 / ISBN 13: 9780944072929
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Zoland Books, 1998. Hard Cover. First Edition; First Printing. Book Condition: Very Fine. Bound in quarter green cloth-textured paper with green boards; gilt lettering to spine; speckled end papers. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine. The white and beige pictorial dust wrapper displays publisher's price of $20.00 in upper right corner of the inside front panel. As a collector myself, I don't like surprises. Jacket is protected in mylar cover and book placed in archival bag. If you are looking for this title in a collectible condition send a request for some photos using the "Ask Bookseller a Question" option. They are easy to send and well worth the few minutes it takes to do. The book is SIGNED by the author, in black ink, on the full title page.As new book opened only for Mr. Jin to SIGN. Bookseller Inventory # 000010

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Title: In The Pond

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

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Details life in the small factory town of Dismount Fort in northern China through the eyes of Shao Bin, a worker at the Harvest Fertilizer plant

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In the Pond is a slim little book about some very big issues: power, vanity, art, injustice, and politics. Where Tom Wolfe would find the makings for a doorstop, however, debut novelist Ha Jin has created a rough-cut comic gem. Set in Communist China, the book takes as its hero a small, unprepossessing man named Shao Bin, a maintenance employee at the Harvest Fertilizer Plant and also a self-taught artist. Together with his wife and 2-year-old daughter, Bin inhabits a tiny 12-by-20-foot room. Bin is desperate to move into the newly built workers' compound, and he places his name on the waiting list with high hopes. But when the plant managers pass him over, despite the fact that he's been working there for years, Bin finally cracks. "In brief, the true scholar's brush must encourage good and warn against evil," he reads in The Essence of Ancient Chinese Thought, and inspired, he publishes a satirical cartoon protesting official corruption. The consequences of this simple act snowball, and in self-defense, Bin finds himself aiming his attacks ever higher up the bureaucratic ladder. This is a book that works on multiple levels: as character study, as political allegory, as sly bureaucratic satire, even, at times, as the broadest kind of slapstick. (One memorable scene involves Bin biting his superior on the butt.) Bin himself is half persecuted artist, half self-righteous boor; readers both sympathize with him and wonder along with one of his coworkers, "Why do you enjoy fighting so much?" Even his putative victory is left in doubt. As the book ends, Shao Bin has become perhaps a bigger fish, but there's no doubt about it; he's in the very same small pond where he started. --Mary Park

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