A Map of Betrayal

A Map of Betrayal

Large Print - 2015 | Center Point Large Print edition
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"A tale of espionage and conflicted loyalties that spans half a century in the entwined histories of two countries--China and the United States--and two families as it explores the complicated terrain of love and honor "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2015
Edition: Center Point Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781628994582
Branch Call Number: x Large Print Coll
Characteristics: large print
415 pages (large print) ; 23 cm


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Feb 05, 2018

A fictional story that goes back to 1949 Communist and Nationalist battles for control of China. A family story and a spy story.

Nov 29, 2016

In spite of a historically interesting setting, the book is too heavy with details and some parts read like a high school history text - very boring. The characters are underdeveloped and cardboard, so it's difficult to relate to or develop empathy toward them. I was really disappointed, after reading Ha Jin's excellent novel Waiting. I was not able to finish it, and just skimmed the second half to try and see if anything improved but alas, it did not.

tritonesub Nov 09, 2015

After I finished the book, it was interesting to read up on Larry Wu-Tai Chin (an actual Chinese spy) on whom this novel is loosely based upon. The writing is dry, which allows the reader to experience the distance from emotion the main character Gary must have felt in order to keep living a life full of secrets, lies and betrayal, and still believe that he was doing a great service to the world. This is very different from the other books by Ha Jin that I have read. Nonetheless, it is still a very powerful and though-provoking read.

Jan 27, 2015

I loved Waiting and War Trash, but A Map of Betrayal is so dry that I gave up reading it, and just skimmed through after page 72. Fascinating subject, but too much description, explanation, and history lessons, rather than a story. Big disappointment.


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