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The Boat Rocker

A Novel
By: Ha Jin
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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From the award-winning author of Waiting and War Trash, an urgent, timely novel that follows an aspiring author, an outrageous book idea, and a lone journalist's dogged quest for truth in the Internet age.

New York, 2005. Chinese expatriate Feng Danlin is a fiercely principled reporter at a small news agency that produces a website read by the Chinese diaspora around the world. Danlin's explosive exposés 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 emerge from 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 of modern fiction.

©2016 Ha Jin (P)2016 Random House Audio

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  • 22-05-2018

Expose on freedoms of the press

The Boat Rocker may be intended as a story about the freedom of the press, but it is so much more. Yes its primary focus is the media. "Honesty is strength" reiterates the narrator Feng Danlin as he investigates a story about his ex-wife and her supposed best-selling novel.

But it's also about communism and capitalism. East vs West. It is about corruption. It is about marriage and divorce. It is about the everyday struggles to be human. It asks what is the truth when so many people and media outlets package things in different ways.

The Boat Rocker is thought provoking, and with its steady paced plot, it provides much more than just storytelling.