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Human Acts
Human Acts | Han Kang
Gwangju, South Korea, 1980. In the wake of a viciously suppressed student uprising, a boy searches for his friend's corpse, a consciousness searches for its abandoned body, and a brutalised country searches for a voice. In a sequence of interconnected chapters the victims and the bereaved encounter censorship, denial, forgiveness and the echoing agony of the original trauma. Human Acts is a universal book, utterly modern and profoundly timeless. Already a controversial bestseller and award-winning book in Korea, it confirms Han Kang as a writer of immense importance.
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charl08
Human Acts | Han Kang
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"Romance is a Bonus Book". ??? the bookshop sets.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I absolutely love Han Kang.
I recommend everything she reads and preorder everything of hers that gets translated.
#womenintranslation
#alphabetgame #letterH
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo 💛 2mo
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andreeat
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Pickpick

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!

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itsyvetperez
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Pickpick

“It‘s sunny over there, Mum, and there‘s lots of flowers, too. Why are we walking in the dark, let‘s go over there, where the flowers are blooming.”

- 4⭐️

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Kaag
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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.

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Pickpick

This book is stunning. It's haunting, really. And it's based on a true story. This author is sort of indescribable.

#BookSpinBingo square 4
@TheAromaofBooks

KVanRead I loved this book. Her writing is phenomenal. 2y
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CoveredInRust
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Beautifully written, but harrowing to read. I didn't realize how young many of the victims of the Gwangju Uprising were, and what the prisoners suffered afterwards. So glad I have Kim's The Vegetarian at home. I will definitely read it soon.

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CoveredInRust
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This book is devastating. Rightfully so, considering the subject matter.

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CoveredInRust
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Only 40some pages in but this one's gonna be heartbreaking.

ephemeralwaltz So good! 💔 2y
CoveredInRust @ephemeralwaltz It is! I'm through part 3 now. I love her writing and how she's able to convey so much feeling. ☹ 2y
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JoeMo
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Pickpick

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.

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varun3
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This is not an easy book to read, it's heavily detailed with the brutality that people suffered in a civilian uprising in Korea.. this is a very very important book that should not be missed.

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KVanRead
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I love Han Kang‘s writing in the tagged book and also in The Vegetarian.

Also loved the Japanese thriller Out by Natsuo Kirino

#IntegrateYourShelf

ChasingOm I‘ve heard great things about this one, but for some reason I‘m intimidated. 😬 2y
KVanRead @ChasingOm It is intense. but very beautiful. 2y
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Soytoosaucy
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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.

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Soytoosaucy
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Such a hard book to read, but necessary.

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Soytoosaucy
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💔 shattered glass of humans.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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📚 Human Acts
✍️ Han Kang ❤️
🍿Hellboy (the Guillermo del Toro one only of course)
📺 House
🎤 Whitney Houston
🎶He Needs Me (Nina Simone)

#manicmonday #letterH thank you @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 💚😊 2y
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squirrelbrain
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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.

#bookspin #doublespin
#booked2020 #panasianauthor

Thanks for sending this to me Cindy, quite a few months ago now!

8little_paws Interesting! I hadn't heard of this either. 2y
alisiakae Stacked! Sounds good. 2y
Cinfhen So glad 😘She‘s a hard author to read 2y
TheAromaofBooks Sounds like a tough one!! Great work! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Heavy choice. But it sounds interesting, in the right frame of mind. 2y
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Rissreads
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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.
#Bookspin
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Sounds like a hard but good read. Great review! 2y
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trazo
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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! 😊

Megabooks Welcome back! 3y
Texreader Great to have you back! Are you reading to your baby? I did. I found it to be such a special time even though the little ones had no idea what I was doing. But 17 and 14 years later they are avid readers! Bonus—you can post reviews of baby books here! 🥰 3y
trazo @Texreader I do read to him. He is only a month and a half old so most of the time he spends it sleeping or eating. You are right though, it is a precious time with my little one. I think just hearing me read soothes him. I love it! ❤️ 3y
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Texreader @trazo I‘m sure you‘re correct! He probably loves hearing your voice. It makes me long to have those days back for just a little while. So happy for you 3y
ValerieAndBooks Congratulations on your new baby 💙 and you‘ll be discovering books together!! 3y
trazo Thank you @ValerieAndBooks 😊 3y
trazo Thanks @Megabooks 😊 (edited) 3y
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Hidie
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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.

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Cindyelizavaz
Human Acts | Han Kang
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Heard so much about this book and I loved The Vegetarian so I had to get this for an upcoming business trip! Love this cover! #HanKang #koreanauthor #asianauthor #asianlit

Cathythoughts Lovely pic ! I loved the vegetarian too ❤️ 3y
jordanremington That must be an interesting book. 3y
Cindyelizavaz @Cathythoughts thank you! Yes! The Vegetarian is so weirdly good! 3y
Cindyelizavaz @jordanremington raving reviews so far.. I heard it can get quite brutal too. 3y
jordanremington Okay, where are you from? 3y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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"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.

#booked2020 #liveandlearn

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arlenefinnigan
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Cinfhen I‘ve been curious about this book / have you read it?? 3y
arlenefinnigan @Cinfhen not yet. The Vegetarian was fascinating though. 3y
Cinfhen That‘s STILL on my TBR 3y
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ju.ca.no
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#covercrush #7days7covers #day4

@ephemeralwaltz have you been tagged yet? Do you want to join? 7 covers in 7 days, no explanation needed?

Cathythoughts 👍🏻nice cover 3y
Centique One of my favourite books 💔 3y
ju.ca.no @Centique one of mine too! Even though it is absolutely heartbreaking🙈 3y
ephemeralwaltz Lovely cover! A devastating but incredible read. 3y
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arlenefinnigan
Human Acts | Han Kang
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Cinfhen Still on my TBR!!! 3y
squirrelbrain Wasn‘t on my TBR, but is now! 😁 @cinfhen 3y
Cinfhen Hahaha @squirrelbrain ❤️ 3y
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DimeryRene
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New book. Slow start getting off of how much I adored Queenie.

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rmaclean4
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"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 ?

rmaclean4 Finished this during #deweys24hourreadathon. 3y
Readerann Wow, that sounds like an intense book (but very much worth reading). Good luck on the 2nd half of your RAT! 3y
rmaclean4 @Readerann it was super intense...next read need to be a fantasy!! 3y
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rmaclean4
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#WITmonth hope to finish this tonight during the #reversereadathon.

bromeliad Looking forward to your review! She's on my TBR. 3y
rmaclean4 @bromeliad I had such conflicting reactions to The Vegetarian. Have you read Han Kang? Her style is so specific. Beautiful and almost off putting at the same time. 3y
bromeliad @rmaclean4 No, I haven't read anything by her yet. I've been most interested in reading The White Book, but that's not set in stone. Also, unrelated: Disoriental is a FANTASTIC book. Have you read it yet? 3y
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rmaclean4 @bromeliad I have not read Disoriental yet but am pumped to finally get to it!! I hope to start it this weekend. Are you doing the Women in Translation month? I would love to know what is on your TBR if you participating. 3y
bromeliad I actually didn't know about it until I saw your post (and of course now I'm SUPER EXCITED to follow it!), but reading women in translation is a personal goal of mine, so I'm always working on finding/reading them. Right now, I've also got Olga Tokarczuk, Nawal el Saadawi, Qiu Miaojin, and Banana Yoshimoto that I can think of off the top of my head for TBR authors. 3y
rmaclean4 @bromeliad was Olga Tokarczuk nominated for the Booker International Prize?
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bromeliad Yeah she won it for Flights last year, and the book was also longlisted for the 2019 BTBA. (edited) 3y
rmaclean4 @bromeliad Have you read The Emissary By Yoko Tawanda? a 5 star read for me this year. 3y
rmaclean4 @bromeliad did you like Flights? I have read mixed things about it. 3y
bromeliad I havent read either the emissary or flights. Flights is on my list, and I'll add emissary too! 3y
Readerann I‘m doing The Reverse Readathon, too. I‘ll check on you! 3y
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danibel
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kaysworld1
Human Acts | Han Kang
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This book packs a whollop right from the beginning, wow.
My current read Human Acts by Han King
Thank you @Itchyfeetreader for this book 💖📚🙏

#femaleauthors #readingmyownbooks

Itchyfeetreader I hope you enjoy I have this on my list to read so look forward to hearing your review 4y
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ephemeralwaltz
Human Acts | Han Kang
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Hearing Han Kang read in Korean was the highlight of my weekend! Check out my previous post 😋😋

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ephemeralwaltz
Human Acts | Han Kang
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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

britt_brooke 😍😍😍 4y
Kalalalatja How cool! 4y
Abailliekaras Sounds fabulous! 🙌🏼 4y
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Reggie Sounds awesome!!! 4y
BiblioLitten I really want to read Human Acts. The first book was amazing! And how cool with Korean signature!!😍 4y
ephemeralwaltz @BiblioLitten Human Acts completely topped my expectations regarding fiction writing in general - it is brutal in every way! 4y
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perfectlywinged
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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.

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TheBookAddict
Human Acts | Han Kang
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#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. ? ??‍♀️

#catsoflitsy #littenkitten #TnT #TolesBrats #CatMomProblems #winterreading #Booked2019 #newtomeauthor #diversebooks #diverseauthors #femaleauthor

Lcsmcat 😲 4y
EH2018 Your ginger cat looks like my Hailie! So cute! 4y
TheBookAddict @EH2018 they are #gingertwins! Twinky will be 7 years old this year in July. How old is your Hailie? 4y
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Cathythoughts I like this question ✨✨✨ 4y
TheBookAddict @Cathythoughts sure does make you wonder. 4y
Cinfhen I still haven‘t read her!! Need to fix that this year!!!! 4y
TheBookAddict @Cinfhen you should! I think some of the meaning and beautiful writing gets lost in translation, but it‘s still a good read so far. I like that diverse books make me broaden my horizons and leave my little bubble of life in the USA. 4y
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TheBookAddict
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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. 🐶💤 💤

#LitsyLovesLibraries #diversebooks #diverseauthor #MomoToles #TolesBrats #Dogsoflitsy

BeansPage You're doing great sweetie. You hit the halfway point that's amazing! 👍🏻😃👍🏻 4y
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krismlars
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Huh. I never thought of it that way, but that is exactly how I feel about summer.

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krismlars
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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.

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Centique
Human Acts | Han Kang
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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

Ruthiella SFF classics sound intriguing! There‘s a lot of older stuff I am always wanting to catch up with!😀 4y
IndoorDame I love In The Time of The Butterflies 🦋 I read it in when I was 16 and can‘t even count how many times I‘ve reread it! 4y
AlaMich In the Time of the Butterflies was amazing!! It was the beginning of a mild obsession with the DR and Trujillo. ETA: Ooh, and Longbourn was also a favorite of mine this year. I hadn‘t even read P&P yet when I read it. (edited) 4y
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Centique @Ruthiella me too! I‘ve got authors like Novak, Hobb, Rothfuss, even Le Guin that I‘ve never read! I tended to find one author/series and stick with them. Now I want to try a single book from a variety of authors and decide which ones I‘ll read more from. 4y
Centique @IndoorDame isn‘t it amazing? I really think it deserves more fame than it has. I definitely will reread it. 4y
Centique @AlaMich I can feel my own mild obsession coming on too! I need to know more about living under dictatorships. And Longbourn was great - I feel like you didn‘t need to know anything about P&P to enjoy it. Do you? 4y
AlaMich @Centique I read P&P not too long after. And it might be heresy to say it, but I maybe might have sort of enjoyed reading Longbourn more. 🤫🤫🤫🤫 4y
AlaMich @Centique Also, if you do want to read more about the DR and Trujillo, try this: 4y
batsy What a great list! So many in my TBR! Glad Castle was one of your picks 😍 4y
Centique @AlaMich 😂😂😂 I so agree! 4y
Centique @batsy it‘s beyond a 5 star! It‘s a part of my emotional fabric now 😊🙌🙌 4y
Centique @AlaMich I‘m stacking that right now! 👍 4y
batsy Yes! That's how I feel about it too! 4y
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JLaurenceCohen

Human Acts is agonizing to read, which is fitting given that it's subject is repression in South Korea. It's about the trauma that state violence inflicts on communities. Not for the faint of heart.

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kaysworld1
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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 ☃️💞🍸🎄🎁❄️

Mitch Oh my goodness - gingerbread hot chocolate , how good does that sound! 4y
kaysworld1 @Mitch it sounds amazing I can't wait to try it. Monday night is my night off so I'll be trying it then. 😊 4y
RaimeyGallant What a haul! 4y
Avanders ♥️🎄❄️💙🥰 4y
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Tamra
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Kindle deal!

Tamra I got both this and Light Years. (edited) 4y
BarbaraBB I loved them both! 4y
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ephemeralwaltz
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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!

#SeptemberDanes @Kalalalatja @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Love your thoughts and interpretation for this prompt 😊🤓 4y
Kalalalatja Yes, wonderful take on the prompt! And I agree, the book is so good 👌 4y
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Pickpick

Extremely upsetting.

ju.ca.no It is! But SO good! 4y
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emilyhaldi
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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.
#abbainaugust

Reviewsbylola That‘s a cool cover but ima have to skip this one. 4y
MicheleinPhilly I will get to the post office this week! 4y
Cinfhen I‘m sooooo with @Reviewsbylola BUT that cover 🤩😍🤩 4y
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BarbaraBB It was a good read imo 4y
Kalalalatja I loved this! 4y
Mdargusch Fascinating cover! 4y
Meredith3 Obsessed with this cover 💀 4y
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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! :)

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Powerful.....Fierce.....non apologetic....the honest, unforgiving tone is exactly what makes it so good....so real.....so hard to read....
Highly recommended, this is a short book that will stay with you a long time.
Highly Recommended

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overtheedge
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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."
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Readalotflora This is next on my tbr list. 4y
overtheedge @Readalotflora I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Powerful and dark! 4y
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overtheedge
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"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."
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