The Boat Rocker

The Boat Rocker

A Novel

Downloadable Audiobook - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, 2016
ISBN: 9781524708412
Branch Call Number: EAUDIO OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 audio file : digital
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Mooseum
Jun 01, 2017

I'm pretty sure this book is an allegory, hopefully not to be taken word-for-word. The characters are not real, but represent different Chinese-born individuals who come to America to make their lives outside of China. What baggage they bring and how seriously do they take themselves? Feng Danlin is truly full of himself, to the point where he has no real perspective on what is happening around him. He thinks that he is full of principle and is relentless in exposing his ex-wife, who aspires to be a writer, as a fraud.

There are a lot of people in this world like Feng Danlin, self-righteous beyond reason, unable to listen to advice from others. Going overboard to criticize someone else, no matter how valid one thinks this is, it is only gossip in the end.

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