A Good Fall: Stories by Ha Jin PDF

By Ha Jin

ISBN-10: 0307378691

ISBN-13: 9780307378699

In his first e-book of reports considering The Bridegroom was released in 2000 ("Finely wrought . . . each tale this is lower like a stone."—Chicago Sun-Times), nationwide ebook Award–winning Ha Jin supplies us a set that delves into the event of chinese language immigrants in the USA.
 
With an analogous profound awareness to element that may be a hallmark of his prior acclaimed works of fiction, Ha Jin depicts right here the total spectrum of immigrant existence and the day-by-day struggles—some minute, a few grand—faced by way of those interesting participants.
 
A lonely composer takes convenience within the antics of his girlfriend's parakeet; youngsters choose to switch their names so they may appear extra "American," ignorant of how deeply it will damage their grandparents; a chinese language professor of English makes an attempt to illness with the aid of a reluctant former scholar. All of Ha Jin's characters fight in occasions that stir inside of them a wish to stay hooked up to be dependable to their native land and its traditions as they discover and avail themselves of the liberty that existence in a brand new kingdom deals.
 
In those stark, deeply relocating, acutely insightful, and infrequently strikingly funny tales, we're reminded once more of the storytelling prowess of this amazing author.

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Ayyyyyy,” I said—another Indian idiom—and laughed. He says it’s a thousand years old. But that’s bullshit. And the whole family just goes along, even when we know it’s bullshit. ” “Oh, he does a naming ceremony right in the hospital. Like, it’s supposed to protect the baby from all the technology and shit. Like hospitals are the big problem. I liked him immediately. “I mean,” the guy said. “You should see my dad right now. ” The guy laughed and threw his head back and banged it on the wall.

An owl. What kind of bird was that? Another owl. What was it? A quick and small owl. One night, when I was sixteen, I was driving with my girlfriend up on Little Falls Flat and this barn owl swooped down over the road, maybe fifty feet or so in front of us, and came flying straight toward our windshield. It was huge, pterodactyl-size, and my girlfriend screamed. And—well, I screamed, too, because that thing was heading straight for us, but you know what I did? Do you know why I did that? Because you wanted to play chicken with the owl?

I’d lived in this neighborhood for years and I’d often had this same encounter with young black men. It was some remnant of the warrior culture, I suppose. When it had happened before, I had always made it a point to smile goofily and wave to the black men who were challenging me. Since they thought I was a dorky white guy, I’d behave like one. I’d be what they wanted me to be. What power did they have? They could only make me wait at an intersection. I was supposed to move, and so I went. Go, Ghost, Go At this university upon a hill, I meet a tenured professor Who’s strangely thrilled To list all of the oppressors— Past, present, and future—who have killed, Are killing, and will kill the indigenous.

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