Nanjing Requiem Reviews
"Despite its inherent power, the narrative doesnt pack the voltage it deserves... Fiction can tell great truths. Calm can deliver a harrowing tale. But, in the end, one cant help but wonder whether Ha Jins unnervingly flat chronicle is the right vehicle for searing history. Take the fire from an inferno and what have you got? Ashes." - The Wall Street Journal
"The novel does contain some awkward phrasing. Ha Jin writes in his second language, English, a remarkable achievement but one that demands editorial vigilance. The reader is surprised at times to find contemporary slang in the mouths of Chinese characters speaking more than 70 years ago.... This is the sort of misstep that can provide an unfortunate distraction in the course of an otherwise fine novel, a book that renders a subtle and powerful vision of one of the 20th centurys most monstrous interludes." - New York Times, Isabel Hilton
"Jin describes horrible acts in a style bordering on reportage, lending bitter realism to his chronicle of violence and privation.... Jin paints a convincing, harrowing portrait of heroism in the face of brutality." - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. Jin continues his scrupulous excavation of buried truths about Chinese life
Writing with unnerving austerity, Ha Jin resolutely addresses inexplicable terror and miraculous resistance." - Booklist
"Starred Review. Requiem is necessary testimony
Jin's loyal readers will notice a bluntness - jarringly effective here - different from his previous works, as if Jin, too, must guard himself against the horror, the horror." - Library Journal
"Starred Review. The novelist's subtle mastery enriches the work
A matter-of-fact, plainspoken narrative that has a profound impact." - Kirkus Reviews
The information about Nanjing Requiem shown above was first featured
in "The BookBrowse Review" - BookBrowse's online-magazine that keeps our members abreast of notable and high-profile books publishing in the coming weeks.
In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication.
If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel
that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available,
please send us a message with the mainstream media reviews that you would like to see added.