"Romance is a Bonus Book". ??? the bookshop sets.
I always say that a good story makes a book captivating.
But I have to admit that I prefer a book that makes you feel something (irrespective of the feeling - sadness, happyness, fear etc) through somthing else than just a story. And this book does exactly that - it creates such a strong atmosphere and it makes you have strong feelings through powerful descriptions (starting from a real, tragic event). Totally my kind of book!
The story picks up in the immediate aftermath of the Gwangju Massacre and switches pov while jumping through time to show the lasting impact of the tragedy and the rooting out of those seen as complicit in the uprising. Kang paints a vivid picture that is slightly less impactful because of the minimal length of the book combined with switching POV‘s. Well worth a read especially if this bit of history is unknown to you.
This is a sad novel about the uprising in Gwangju, South Korea in which several characters were killed and others dealt with the burden of living. This is a part of South Korean history which I hadn‘t heard about previously. This was an engaging read that was very different from Kang‘s The Vegetarian.
I love Han Kang‘s writing in the tagged book and also in The Vegetarian.
Also loved the Japanese thriller Out by Natsuo Kirino
Difficult read. I really struggled to keep reading... Its revealing the hardships of South Korea‘s history but I did not know certain details that entailed in the Gwangju Massacre. What war can bring. What humans can do to other humans. I enjoyed how the story was written in the perspectives and how they all connected. It‘s something to learn about.
A very difficult book to read, but beautifully written. It covers the Gwangju massacre in South Korea in 1980 (a subject I knew nothing about) so it is necessarily brutal and graphic.
Thanks for sending this to me Cindy, quite a few months ago now!
This book is heartbreaking and brutal and was a bit much for me at the moment. It tells the story of the Gwangju massacre in 1980 in South Korea. Each chapter is told from a different persons perspective both dead and living. The devastation to so many from this event is sobering, an event that I knew little about.
I haven‘t posted in a while. Having a newborn really takes a lot out of you 😆 I am now ready and eager to once again reconnect with the Litsy community! 😊
From the author of The Vegetarian, Human Acts tells the story of the 1980 Gwangju Uprising in S. Korea from the point of view of different individuals involved as well as the inhumane suffering they experienced at the hands of the military. Worth a read despite its heavy theme (which won't help you much these days) and more socially significant and relatable than The Vegetarian.
"Some memories never heal. Rather than fading with the passage of time, those memories become the only things that are left behind when all else is abraded."
Human Acts is the story of the Gwanju Uprising in South Korea in 1980. The author examines the idea that time heals all wounds, and offers another possibility - that time, instead, turns memories into ghosts, which stay with us for a lifetime.
"Is it true that human beings are fundamentally cruel?" This is the central theme of this study of human brutality. Difficult to read in the vividness of the violence but beautiful in it's writing. As I read this I thought of various genocides around the world and that central question asked by Han Kang. 4 ?
Guess who asked Han Kang to please sign her books in Korean? Me! 😍
I had the incredible opportunity to hear her talk this evening and she read passages in Korean from Human Acts and she talked about her perspective when writing and everything about her is lovely and I am fangirling
Unflinchingly brutal accounts of different people affected by the South Korean Gwangju uprising in 1980. This short novel brings us several different voices of students, of friends, of mothers, of bystanders who bore witness to this horrific event. Some of the description may be hard to stomach but the writing is so honest and beuatiful you will keep reading.
#TwinkyToles & #TookeyToles aren‘t fans of the cold, which is why they are snuggled up with me while I read. It‘s supposed to feel like -38°F out there and this is the warmest part of the day. ? ??♀️
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I reached page 115 on Alias Grace, which means I have 449 pages to go. Woohoo... 😆
Now I‘m moving on to this one on this cold Sunday evening. It‘ll probably be my last read for the #24B4Monday #readathon. I‘m at the 12 hours and 52 minutes mark. Momo is taking a nap. 🐶💤 💤
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I understand that there was some controversy regarding the translation of Han Kang‘s The Vegetarian, and I see that this book was translated by the same person. I don‘t know if the translation is faithful or not, but the story is beautifully told. Another gorgeous cover.
My top ten books that have really stayed with me this year - the above 8 plus Kafka on the Shore and Middlesex. I think I had a bit of a historical fixation 😍
Man, there were a lot of good books in my life this year! 2019 my aim is to catch up on some SFF classics so we‘ll see if that changes the flavour of my favourites list for 2019
Sorry it's late in posting a received picture I've been working so much.
A great thank you and Christmas hugs go to @Itchyfeetreader for my #stuffedstockingswap goodies, I wore the sock for work today and I kept showing everyone them 😁
Big thank you to @Avanders for her never ending patients 😘
Merry Christmas ☃️💞🍸🎄🎁❄️
Me and the characters in this book have #nothingincommon but I felt connected to them on such a deep level. Han Kang is a master in exposing the common humanity that binds us all ❤️ 100% recommended. It's a tough read but very interesting, both in content and form!
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In war #thewinnertakesitall but it‘s not always pretty. This book compiles several short stories that weave together the same cast of characters living through an uprising in South Korea and their harsh reality.
This was the first book that came to mind for the #24in48 hour 12 challenge. I read this early last year and it sticks to you. I was completely unaware this sort of thing actually happened and it was eye-opening in a pretty horrible way. I read another book by Han just before this (the Vegetarian) that was also shocking and interesting. These books were the first of mine that were translated, too. Never would've found them without Litsy! :)
I'm fighting alone, every day. I fight with the hell that I survived. I fight with the fact of my humanity. I fight with the idea that death is the only way of escaping this fact."
"Before we use to have a kind of glass that couldn't be broken. A truth so hard and clear it might as well have been made of glass. So when you think about it, it was only when we were shattered that we proved we had souls. That what we really were was humans made of glass."