"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."
“There is no way back to the world before the torture. No way back to the world before the massacre.”
Han tells the stories of survivors and victims of the 1980 Gwangju uprising and the following massacre in South Korea. An uprising I knew nothing about. It lasted merely ten days but its impact was enormous, as Han makes clear. It is hard to read, the things people went through and never recovered from - but it is a story I am glad she shared.
I don‘t have enough superlatives to describe how I feel about this book.
//⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️// This is a brutal book that is not shy about presenting the devastation and aftermath of the Gwangju Uprising of 1980 where hundreds of people were brutally murdered and many more injured and still more were thrown into prison and horribly interrogated.
Human Acts is raw and powerful. At times, this was a difficult story to read, and made me pause numerous times to reflect. This is one book not to miss.
This is a brutal and upsetting book about the Gwangju massacre of 1980 in South Korea. It is also beautiful and humanising and becomes an act of great tenderness in giving voices to the victims. Each chapter is from a different person‘s perspective. A boy who died in the first gunfire, his friend who looks for him, his mother, people recovering from the event and its aftermath for years after and more. 5 stars. I‘m so glad I read this but😥😥😥
Day off work so I'm at the library of course 😁
My #readingwomenchallenge pick for a book by a woman in translation + BONUS POINTS because the translator is also a woman / Human Acts is a haunting fictionalization of the 1980 student uprisings in Gwangju, South Korea. The writing is stunning, and the story has left me with so much to think about. It was a 5/5 🌟read for me
I didn‘t know much about Korea‘s #savage and brutal history, and I still don‘t, tbh. But these two books did offer a glimpse into the horrors Koreans have been through at the hands of their own and Japan‘s government and military.
Hello 👋 Yesterday was super tiring but I got a good night‘s sleep so I‘m feeling great 👍 This is going to be a crazy week for me because of New Years. My family has a party at our house on New Year‘s Day.
This is a picture of two Han Kang books. Her books are always so unique.
QOTD: Have you read any of these books?
Reading Envy Podcast 102: The Reading Women and Reading Envy Crossover episode, where we discuss some of our favorite books by women we read this year. https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy102
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