The Boat Rocker

The Boat Rocker

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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New York, 2005. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency that produces a website read by Chinese all over the world. Danlin's explosive exposes have made him legendary among readers-and feared by Communist officials. But his newest assignment may be his undoing- investigating his ex-wife, Yan Haili, an unscrupulous novelist who has willingly become a pawn of the Chinese government in order to realize her dreams of literary stardom.

Haili's scheme infuriates Danlin both morally and personally-he will do whatever it takes to expose her as a fraud. But in outing Haili, he is also provoking her powerful political allies, and he will need to draw on all of his journalistic cunning to come out of this investigation with his career-and his life-still intact. A brilliant, darkly funny story of corruption, integrity, and the power of the pen, The Boat Rocker is a tour de force.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780307911629
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 222 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 24, 2019

Informative about the nature of life for some Chinese expatriates, but as a novel it lacks juice.

RogerDeBlanck Jun 30, 2018

No writer confronts the deep-seated corruption of China’s communist party with more piercing insight than Ha Jin. In his novel The Boat Rocker, the main character Feng Danlin is a naturalized American citizen. Now living in New York City, he writes columns for the Global News Agency, an online site that has gained reputability by reporting on the waywardness of China’s political machine. When Danlin’s boss asks him to investigate why the Chinese government is oddly backing an unknown author and her romance novel in U.S. markets, Danlin jumps at the opportunity to expose the fraudulence of the book, especially since the author is Danlin’s ex-wife, Yan Haili. Narrated from Danlin’s perspective, the story charts the mudslinging that ensues between Danlin’s associates and Haili’s backing within the Chinese communist party. Danlin’s quest for the truth becomes derailed due to forces of collusion and bribery, which are set in motion from deep within the communist government. Ha Jin is a master at employing wit and humor to address critical social issues, and his clean and spare prose has never been more fluid than it is in this engaging novel. Even though an element of comedy resides throughout the story, it is seamlessly underscored with the frightening reality of corruption in which Ha Jin brings to light within the machinations of the Chinese government.


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