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The Vegetarian
The Vegetarian: A Novel | Han Kang
A beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreamsinvasive images of blood and brutalitytorture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. Its a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice thats become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself. Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one womans struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her.From the Hardcover edition.
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lirahlu
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Measuring Up - ?⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ super cute YA graphic novel about a young Tiwainese immagrant who loves to cook when she discovers Julia Child
The Vegetarian - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ I honestly don't know if this is a pick for me or not. It left me with a "What did I just read" feeling. But I did keep reading. Mostly to find out what happened.

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Kitta
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Very intense and with a trigger warning for eating disorders, but I thought this book was amazing.

#alphabetgame #letterV @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

batsy I thought it was, too! Definitely one of my top V reads. 1mo
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Cazxxx
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StaceGhost I loved this book! Haunts me to this day 3mo
Cazxxx @StaceGhost I hope I enjoy it too. It‘s meant to be weird and dark so it sounds like my kind of thing 😊 3mo
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cornfedwellread
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Taking inspiration from another #AsianReadathon pick, I made some Korean recipes from Cheap Lazy Vegan this morning. Unfortunately, the protagonist of this book doesn't have access to Rose's quick and filling recipes.

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RickW
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Mehso-so

I read this based upon recs & the International Booker prize.It is a compelling book with an interesting look into psychosis, PTSD & anorexia. It is a deep look into a dysfunctional family & obvious social inequalities. But there are issues. First there are no decent male characters. The concept of veganism appears to be born out of self trauma and unrealistic. The misogyny is over the top excessive. Not being mean, but it‘s a little over rated.

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nathandrake1997
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Ever read something that feels like a soliloquy of one's own bruised soul? Ever related to a work of literature in such a painfully profound manner that it almost feels like one's own thoughts are being mirrored back from the pages instead of words framed in a deliberate manner by an author?....(continued in comments)

nathandrake1997 ....There are good books, there are great books and then there are books where a quantifiable or definitive verdict feels pointless because one emotionally resonates with it in a manner that transcends quantifiable tenets?.... 5mo
nathandrake1997 .....Good, great, brilliant, masterpiece, adjectives of this ilk feel reductive because what this work means to one can only be defined by oneself! Just like how Yeong-hye's sudden impulse to give up on eating meat is something which she isn't sure is definable in a "universal" manner because the reason for that particular abstinence stems from an impulse so personal that it only feels plausible to her since she is the one who has experienced it? 5mo
nathandrake1997 ....I am not even sure if "definable" is a word, but in a way, that is the point! It is a book that will resonate with each reader in a manner that will be definable and said definition will probably be plausible only to the reader themselves.... 5mo
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nathandrake1997 ....Published initially as three novelettes (THE VEGETARIAN, MONGOLIAN MARK and FLAMING TREES) and then compiled into a single novella as THE VEGETARIAN, Han Kang writes about a lot, and by a lot, I mean "a lot".... 5mo
nathandrake1997 ....But she does it with such exquisite command over the economy of her prose that the writing might appear deceptively simple at first. But, hidden beneath the pared-to-the-bone prose is a heart wrenching exploration of how excruciating it is to be human and how sometimes one wishes they were anything but human.... 5mo
nathandrake1997 ....While the novella starts as a critique of meat consumption, it gradually morphs into how existence itself can feel like a gruelling act one has to bear like a cross on their shoulders or akin to a boulder Sisyphus is condemned to push up a steep hill for eternity. 5mo
batsy Great review of a brilliant book. 5mo
nathandrake1997 @batsy Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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samihan
Mehso-so

Strange but good

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she_she
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she_she
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cephellapod
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Panpan

I despise this book. I‘m not sure if I‘m too dense for whatever message this was supposed to convey but I cannot see any reason for reading this. It was incredibly disturbing and vulgar for no reason. I planned on finishing this book in a day because it is so short but it took me a few weeks to get though it because I could not get myself to pick it up most days. Just gross and seemingly pointless

RickW Although I didn‘t despise it as much as you, I had issues with it. The sexual abuse is horrific and the concept that there are literally no decent males theough the 180+ pages was insane. The male doctors are bad, the husband literally rapes his obtunded wife, the brother in law saves her only to have sex with her later. And on and on. The concept of veganism was also insanely inaccurate. The book is deep but the characters are shallow. 4mo
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itsyvetperez
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This book is surprisingly good short read, disturbing and sad.

--4⭐️

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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“Before my wife turned vegetarian, I‘d always thought of her as completely unremarkable in every way.” Isn‘t that just… *chef‘s kiss*? It promises a fascinating story to come. The Vegetarian is “a beautiful, unsettling novel in three acts about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul”, and it‘s off to a strong start. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-vegetarian-han-kang/

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natashalb
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Mehso-so

Yeong-hye decides to stop eating meat after experiencing a vivid and violent dream. The story follows her decent into madness, culminating in her desire to leave her physical body in its entirety, in 3 parts, through the eyes of her husband, her brother-in-law and her sister.

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Kiralyn
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✨existences briefly aligned✨ I love this little passage from The Vegetarian. It feels like one of those concepts only German has a word for, no? At the start of the pandemic, I began a quote book to house all the little moments that left a mark on me while reading. Trying to pick the habit back up. #thevegetarian #quotebook

Nute Such a cool idea!🤗 10mo
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Kiralyn
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Read this a while back. I was really excited because the review I‘d seen had described this book as a great work of feminist range- my interest was piqued. And I did like the book enough to follow through to the end but it felt less like feminist rage unleashed and more like women defeated. So maybe my expectations were tainted by the review but I walked away feeling a bit defeated.

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sarahlandis
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Tw sexual violence.This book blew me away although I feel it would have been better to read rather than listen to. A sexual, violent story about a woman making odd life choices based on haunting dreams, a tipping point for an unstable family, and the family members whose lives fall into disarray. And perhaps it all symbolizes the silent rage and contempt women hold inside- people, the world, give us violence and sometimes madness is our response

rachelk Great review! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
sarahlandis @rachelk thanks!! 1y
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Thndrstd
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A disturbing story of a woman who, haunted by dreams and dark images, refuses to eat meat and becomes insane in the eyes of her society, particularly men. But her "madness" is a result of a domineering, violent, patriarchal culture. This short compelling novel is sometimes difficult to read, but beautifully written and realized.

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Morr_Books
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Book club's in two days, so I should start the book, but I'm gonna do that poolside.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Yeong-hye aggressively embraces vegetarianism following a bloody nightmare. Told in three distinct parts, her previously mundane world slowly collapses. The men in her life are either patriarchal dicks or sexually exploitative. It‘s now her duty to defy. Sinking into illness, Yeong-hye becomes nearly plantlike herself, craving sun and water, barely moving. Very poetic at times; bizarre and brilliant.

Suet624 A great review of this book!!! 1y
britt_brooke @Suet624 Thanks so much! 💚 1y
Cinfhen This has been lurking on my TBR forever!!! I should FINALLY pick it up!! 1y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen It‘s a weird one, but an interesting style. I think you‘ll be into it! 1y
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LostInSpace
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Panpan

What did I just read?

Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💫 1y
vlwelser 😂🤣 1y
Reagan Yep. 👏🏻 1y
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booksandsympathy
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This book was dark. It is less than 200 pages, but the content meant I couldn't breeze through it in one sitting. It definitely makes you think. At times it was very jarring, I think because you never truly see anything from the main character's point of view, all you see are her dreams. It dealt with physical and sexual abuse, mental health, eating disorders, women's roles in society, and bodily autonomy. All in only 188 pages. It's quite a ride!

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"She was no longer able to cope with all that her sister reminded her of. She'd been unable to forgive her for soaring alone over a boundary she herself could never bring herself to cross, unable to forgive that magnificent irresponsibility that had enabled Yeong-hye to shuck off social constraints and leave her behind, still a prisoner."

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booksandsympathy

"It wasn't long before she realized something: perhaps the one she'd so earnestly wanted to help was not him, but herself. Was it not perhaps her own image - she who had left home at nineteen and gone on to make a life for herself in Seoul, always entirely under her own steam - that she had seen mirrored in this man's exhaustion?"

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Next book in the #Asianreadathon. When Yeong-hye starts having bloody nightmares, she decides to renounce eating meat. It's a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. The prompt for this is read any book with an Asian protagonist. The country represented is South Korea.

cornfedwellread That one is on my list too! I'm such a slow reader though that I don't know how many I'll be able to finish. 1y
booksandsympathy @cornfedwellread I didn't finish all the books I wanted to for the readathon last year because they were longer books This year, four of my five books were shorter than 200 pages. There are a couple other books I wanted to add in if I could, but won't get them from the library in time. 1y
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bookishly
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Right now, I am page 50 of this book. Currently, I am trying to digest the fact over how this book never came to me before. This book psychological eats you up. The characters are written genuinely that it makes you feel that they are amongst us.
I have tons of expectations from this book. I hope it doesn‘t disappoint me.

sudi Sounds good, Welcome to Litsy 😊 1y
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nicpears

An entertaining read but I expected much more. It started off great and I was excited to see what would happen but as I got to the third chapter I realized that I wasn't going to get what I expected. Maybe it went over my head 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Tanisha_A
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Some used, some new! 🙂
#bookmail

meghathecloud The Vegetarian is on my TBR! The others look great too. 2y
BarbaraBB Great haul! 2y
LeahBergen Nice! 👏🏻 2y
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readordierachel Wonderful selection! 2y
Tanisha_A @meghathecloud @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen @readordierachel Thanks ladies! 😃. I got The Twin from your recommendation of Dutch novels, @BarbaraBB ! 2y
BarbaraBB I noticed! I hope you‘ll like it!! 2y
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she.hearts.horror
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Mehso-so

This book left me with more questions than answers.

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coffees
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Both books I'm currently reading are at the store I'm working at today!! Time to dig in and finish at least one 😆😆 #teamharkness #scarathlon2020

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coffees
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Wow...totally not the type of book I was expecting. It's marked as #horror on goodreads but it had no paranormal vibes and then...it's a disturbing read. Won't be able to finish it during #cyoreadathon bc I'm off tomorrow but I'll pick it up next week, I'm on the last part

#teamharkness #scarathlon2020

#sbooktober #screamathon2020 #gothtober #slayerfest20 #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks @sace @4thhouseontheleft @StayCurious

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shadowspeak17
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#3books that made me uncomfortable

I still enjoyed The Vegetarian. The other two not so much...

OriginalCyn620 The Vegetarian is a good choice for this prompt! 2y
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Reagan
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What the hell.

ElizaMarie I have heard good things about this one! 2y
youneverarrived 😂😂 sums it up well lol 2y
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vivastory
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📚 Virgin Suicides/Vegetarian/Vampires in the Lemon Grove
🖋Kurt Vonnegut/Virginia Woolf
🎬 Vertigo/V for Vendetta/Virgin Suicides
🎸 Velvet Underground/Violent Femmes/Verve
🎶 Velodrome (Dessa)/Video Games (Lana Del Rey)/Victor Jara's Hands (Calexico)
#manicmonday #letterv @JoScho

KVanRead Can‘t believe I forgot about The Violent Femmes and The Virgin Suicides!!!! Great picks 👏 2y
vivastory @KVanRead Thanks! I was a bit surprised by how many good things there are for V. Thought it'd be harder. 2y
Megabooks Virgin Suicides is one of the few cases where I like the book and movie equally. 2y
vivastory @Megabooks I need to reread/ watch it again, but I remember when it first was released I loved the movie adaptation. So much that I saw it in theaters twice, which I rarely do. 2y
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CoffeeK8
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📖 The Vegetarian
💻 Sarah Vowell
📺 Veronica Mars & Vertigo
🎼 Vampire Weekend
🎧 Volcano - Damian Rice
#manicmonday #letterV

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Soytoosaucy
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Interesting read. What I got from this book was the internal things we struggle with that come out in various ways physically. The things that eat us up inside that manifest out. The scene of Yeong-Hye‘s father and the dog that bit her, explained a lot. Though most may read this as very bizarre, it makes a lot of sense to me. 💭

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, just because they ending was 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Soytoosaucy

“Or perhaps, it was simply that things were happening inside her, terrible things, which no one else could even guess at, and thus it was impossible for her to engage with everyday life at the same time.”

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Soytoosaucy
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I LOVE this bookmark. Tyrion has always been one of my favs second to Tormund 🤣 #GOT

Anyone have any links to some cool unique bookmarks?

Velvetfur Oh that bookmark is fab, I want one! I don't have any links though, sorry, I just pick up bookmarks here n' there 🙂 2y
Soytoosaucy @Velvetfur it‘s okay😊 I usually buy mine online lately. I got this one on Etsy. https://etsy.me/2BYk1Bc 🤗 2y
Velvetfur @Soytoosaucy thanks for the link, they look great! I'd find it hard to choose a favourite character though 😂 2y
KVanRead Great bookmark and I also really liked that book, strange as it is. How are you liking it so far? 2y
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OriginalCyn620
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#thoughtfulthursday

IDK if this book is actually labeled as surrealism, but it fits the definition! 📖

1. England, & Ireland. Me and my husband are planning a trip next year, and I hope that still can happen. I‘d love to visit Italy and France too. ✈️
2. Books and Netflix 😄
3. @MallenNC @Cuilin @JaclynW 🤗

BiblioLitten Good choice. I really liked the bizarre book. 2y
OriginalCyn620 @BiblioLitten I liked it too, even though it was bizarre, and a tough read. 2y
Cosmos_Moon I hope we can all travel soon 🥰 sounds like an interesting book! I love the bizarre. Thanks for joining this week! 2y
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TheLibrarian Italy was amazing. I really enjoyed Venice, Florence, and the area around Florence. Wasn‘t a big fan of Rome. Hopefully you will still get to travel! My husband and I are trying to plan out of country travel too. 2y
OriginalCyn620 @TheLibrarian Those are the 3 cities I most want to visit! 2y
OriginalCyn620 @Cosmos_Moon Travel can sometimes be a pain, but I‘m missing it! 2y
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Tove_Reads
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Mehso-so

Yeong-hye and her husband live perfectly ordinary lives in Seoul. Suddenly Yeong-hye states she is a vegetarian. This is not common in South Korea. The culture is strictly following social norms, which means her not eating meat is found to be quite shocking. She claims she has had horrible dreams. Written in three parts, getting weirder by the page. Good that mental problems are part of literature, but I did not enjoy the book. #SouthKorea

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Melancholy2243
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Mehso-so

This book with its complexity, it's undersurface meanings, the unraveling of the characters psyche is really commendable but the only reason I give a so-so is because it was really hard for me to read not because it has grotesque images which I am okay with but the way it shows the protagonist who was not given a point of view of her own descents into a state so bizarre yet something so incredibly familiar was something that really unsettled me.

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IMASLOWREADER
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wow! what did i just read...mostly bizarre and unsettling read for me ever...#readinggoal #readinglife

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Soytoosaucy
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🇰🇷 this is my second big batch of cucumber kimchi I made since this quarantine! I‘ve been eating this nonstop with a side of rice and seaweed, YUM! Pair it with a good book, makes for an excellent meal. 😋

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OriginalCyn620
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I can‘t really say I “enjoyed” this, as it‘s bizarre and dark, and at times disturbing. I do think it was a good read, not just about a woman who after a weird, cryptic dream, decides to stop eating meat - really it‘s more about her descent into madness.

#booked2020 #PanAsianAuthor

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. I have this on my shelf, but will plan to balance it with some lighter stuff. 2y
Cinfhen I still have yet to read this book.... 2y
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Kerishna
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I‘m not sure if what to make of this book. It feels like there‘s a deeper natural force, an entire character itself, inside Yeong-hye that‘s slowing rising, taking over her mind, her body and her soul. Until it‘s not enough and In-hye is slowing consumed too. A dark read but creates some beautiful imagery and difficult to put down

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Kav138
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This has been sitting on a shelf for quite some time and now I regret not reading it when I first purchased it. This is a novel whose depth would require multiple readings .

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Cindyelizavaz
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#MagnificentMarch This is still one of the best book I've read on #mentalillness. The book is so weird but so good! Even the book discussion we had was so thought provoking. #TheVegetarian by #HanKang #KoreanAuthor #AsianLit #AsianLiterature #weirdbooks

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Centique
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Thanks for the tag @Trashcanman #friYAYintro

1- I usually stick to a list of books I‘m planning on reading rather than buy on a whim - but I do love a good cover
2.Tagged
3. A couple of NZ websites, sometimes The Guardian (UK)
4. The alarm is on my hub‘s side of the bed so it‘s all on him!
5. Want to have a go @Kati15 @HOTPock3tt @Texreader

DHill Loved the tagged book! 3y
Centique @DHill me too. 😊 And I loved 3y
DHill I will definitely stack that one! 3y
mollyrotondo @DHill yes Human Acts is phenomenal! 3y
Cathythoughts Just read the tagged book this week ❤️💔 3y
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Cathythoughts
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“ A novel of sexuality and madness that deserves its great success “ Ian McEwan says it perfectly. It‘s beyond words to describe ... for me it‘s an unknown understanding those who have read it & love it share

Suet624 I loved this one. 3y
batsy Nice review! Sometimes it's so hard to put into words the mysterious energy of a book that makes it so good 💜 3y
Cathythoughts @Suet624 Yes! Me too 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks, yes “ the mysterious energy “ is well put. I am left with many vivid images ... 3y
Centique I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! So disturbing but you‘re right, the images stay with you 🙌 3y
mollyrotondo Absolutely loved this book! Human Acts is phenomenal as well! 3y
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3y
Cathythoughts @Centique Thanks, I did enjoy it. Not at all what I expected, but then how could anyone expect this book... a curve ball of a book ... so good , and yes so disturbing & strange & beautiful... 3y
Cathythoughts @mollyrotondo Yes! I‘ll look up Human Acts 👍🏻❤️ 3y
Cathythoughts @TrishB 👍🏻❤️ 3y
andrew61 Not got around to it yet cathy so ill push it up my list. 3y
Centique @mollyrotondo that‘s one of my top 10 books I read in 2018 😍 3y
mollyrotondo @Centique uhh it was so good right?! Did you read The White Book by her? I still have to read that one 3y
Centique @mollyrotondo still on my TBR too 😊 3y
OwenBanner Sounds intriguing 3y
youneverarrived It is a bit of a strange one but in the best way. I really liked it too. 3y
Cindyelizavaz You will either really like this book or really dislike this. I read this for a book discussion and loved it so much! 3y
Cathythoughts @OwenBanner It is that 😁 3y
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived Yes! Strange in the best way 3y
Cathythoughts @Cindyelizavaz I loved it so much too 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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