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  • Though art and politics figure in the action, In the Pond is first and foremost a comedy - naughty, lusty, raucously entertaining. Ha Jin's language echoes working-class Chinese at its rough, bawdy best

    New York Times Book Review
  • Fascinating...spare and taut... A fable about morality and power

    Chicago Tribune
  • Ha Jin captures the particularities of life in China, yet we recognise his characters intimately. The 'otherness' of this most foreign nation falls away as one vividly drawn human after another takes flesh on the page

    Boston Globe
  • Fascinating, refreshing and uncommonly subtle: Ha Jin has made China available to a new world and a world of new readers

    Kirkus Reviews
  • A compelling exploration of the terrain that is the human heart... an all too rare reminder of the reasons why someone might feel so strongly about a book

    New York Times

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