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Winter in Sokcho
Winter in Sokcho | ELISA. SHUA DUSAPIN
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sarahbarnes
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It definitely feels like winter here today. A bleak, aching story of gazes upon women, men, cultures. Of a young woman finding her place among relationships, family and her desires and dreams. Maybe not the best time of year for me to have read this one, but a beautiful book.

batsy Lovely review! I'm interested in this one. 3w
sarahbarnes @batsy I think you would like it! 3w
BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too. I felt like I was in Korea! 3w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB yes, me too!! 3w
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BarbaraBB
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She studied at the university in Seoul but now lives in Sokcho, a desolate fisherman‘s village near the North Korean border. She works in a small guesthouse where one of the guests is a French man, apparently as lonely as she is.
It‘s not a cheerful read but it‘s wonderful, this little book about not daring to choose life and its risks over the safety of solitude.

#pop22 #ABookWithARecipeInIt

squirrelbrain Great review! I‘m reading a book for this same prompt at the moment. 6mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I just read that you‘re loving it! That‘s good! 6mo
Megabooks Great review! I knew you‘d like it. 6mo
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KarenUK Stacked! Sounds totally my cuppa tea! 6mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks It‘s got that same vibe that Japanese novels have! 6mo
BarbaraBB @KarenUK It‘s very good, I think you‘d think so too! 6mo
Megabooks 💯💯💯 6mo
Cinfhen I remember when @Megabooks revised this one!! She wasn‘t sure if I‘d like it..what do u think?? 6mo
BarbaraBB I think you‘d like it but #moreborrowthanbuy I guess 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 20/22

Still enjoying and cherishing The Island of Missing Trees. Then I‘ll read the short but very intriguing Winter in Sokcho, followed by this month‘s #NYRBBookClub choice.
After that, I guess it will all be about Camp!

Cinfhen Hahaha and don‘t forget #SummerHeat ♥️😘 7mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Absolutely not! I‘ve got my copy ready to go! (edited) 7mo
Hooked_on_books How are you doing with The Books of Jacob? Are you hanging on with it? 7mo
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Megabooks I think you‘ll love Sokcho! 7mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I haven‘t picked it up again. I might if it wins the International Booker but I am not tempted too. You bailed too didn‘t you? 7mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I expect so too! 7mo
Hooked_on_books I did bail. I just couldn‘t get engaged in it. 7mo
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Megabooks
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I keep edging up the ⭐️ rating of this excellent Korean novel. Very claustrophobic and stark, perfect for the end of winter. It‘s a book that makes you ache.

The resort town of Sokcho is dead in winter, but our MC helps care for a resort. A French graphic novelist comes to stay bringing up feelings about our MC‘s absent French father and his affair with her Korean mother. Meanwhile there‘s a boyfriend pressuring her to move back to Seoul. ⬇️

Megabooks Our MC has a scar from falling on a fishing hook as a child and I keep thinking about the symbolism of that scar. It‘s a book with a lot of depth. I think you‘re going to love it @BarbaraBB 💜 8mo
BarbaraBB Oh wow thanks for the thumbs up Meg, this sounds fabulous! 8mo
rockpools I‘m so glad you enjoyed this! Makes me want to read it again 😊 8mo
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Cinfhen I love the cover art!! 8mo
sarahbarnes Sounds like a must read to me! 8mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB enjoy!! (edited) 8mo
Megabooks @rockpools I‘ll definitely be reading it again 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen it‘s a real stunner 🤩🤩 (edited) 8mo
Megabooks @sarahbarnes I think you‘d like it and I definitely recommend it! 8mo
Suet624 You find the best books!! 8mo
Megabooks @Suet624 thanks! 💜 8mo
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Mirazzles
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I‘ve been reading lots of different books at one time because I can‘t seem to choose what I want to read. I loved convenient store woman but I‘ve heard earthlings is quite different. I guess I have lots of choice 😊

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Lindy
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Through spare evocative prose, we are immersed in the life of a Korean outsider: she never knew her French father; people in her hometown near the North Korean border treat her with contempt; her job in a shabby guesthouse sucks; her fishmonger mother suffocates her with conflicting admonishments about her size (too skinny! too fat!)… then a stranger comes to town. I was enchanted by this atmospheric & enigmatic tale. Translation by A A Higgins.

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Lindy
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I didn‘t want to be his eyes on my world. I wanted to be seen.

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Lindy
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“Fables aren‘t happy stories,” I said.
“They can be.”
“All the ones from Korea are sad. You should read them.”

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Lindy
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Our beaches are still waiting for the end of a war that‘s been going on for so long people have stopped believing it‘s real. They build hotels, put up neon signs, but it‘s all fake, we‘re on a knife edge, it could all give way any moment. We‘re living in limbo. In a winter that never ends.

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WellReadCatLady
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Not for people who hate vague endings! Short book with lots of social dynamics.

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Branwen
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Do you ever read a book that you think is just meh, or okay, but then you can't stop thinking about it? I am TOTALLY feeling that way about this book. I read it a few weeks ago and didn't think it was very special - many of the characters were not likable and I wasn't crazy about the ending - but I still just can't stop thinking about it! I can't get this little seaside Korean town out of my mind! I guess it made an impression on me after all!

mandarchy I've returned to old goodreads reviews and added stars for this reason. 10mo
Ruthiella Yes, totally that has happened to me before! 10mo
Clare-Dragonfly Yes, absolutely! 10mo
BarbaraBB This sounds so good. I love it when a book has that effect!! 10mo
Branwen @mandarchy I originally gave it 3 stars but I'm for sure going to go back and add a star for keeping me thinking about it! @Clare-Dragonfly @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella It's such an interesting experience! I love it! ❤📖❤ 10mo
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natashalb
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Mehso-so

A young french-korean woman is working as a receptionist in an old hotel in Sokcho, a border town between North and South Korea. She forms a strange kind of relationship with a French guest, a comic book artist. Kind of strange, but interesting enough and read it in a day...

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Hooked_on_books
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Winter in Sokcho gives a glimpse into life at a town in South Korea near the border with the north by following a young French-Korean woman working at a guest house as she interacts with a French guest. In some ways it feels like there‘s very little to this story, but ultimately I think it has great depth. It‘s a quick, interesting read.

2021 NBA winner, translated literature

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Megabooks
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Molly is the only one who got me books for Christmas! 😉 She‘s such a thoughtful dog! 😂

The tagged was the national book award winner for literature in translation, and I‘m excited to give it a shot.

Voices is on @vivastory ‘s #NYWD22 list, and I‘m hoping to get to it in January.

Does anyone else‘s pet give them presents or are we just a weird family? 🤔

Chrissyreadit I love that your pet got you gifts! 11mo
Ruthiella My dog and cats are not so thoughtful! 😂 11mo
DGRachel Not weird. The dogs always give and receive presents. 🥰 11mo
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vivastory Molly did a great job! 🎁📚 11mo
AmyG Ha!!! 11mo
QuietlyLaura Way to go Molly! ☺️👏 11mo
TrishB We all get a card and pressie off the dog! 11mo
DivineDiana Molly is so thoughtful! 🐶 11mo
Cinfhen Miss Molly is so clever!!! She knew just what u wanted 😉 11mo
Cinfhen The cover for your tagged book is AWESOME 11mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella maybe put a note in front of their food bowls. 😉😁 11mo
Megabooks @DGRachel @TrishB isn‘t it fun? 😁 we‘ve done it as long as we‘ve had one. 11mo
Megabooks @Chrissyreadit @vivastory @AmyG @QuietlyLaura @DivineDiana molly does have excellent taste, and it‘s always fun to see what the dogs “pick”! 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I have so much #coverlove for that one! Hopefully molly will continue to know how to work the book depository site! 😂 11mo
Chelsea.Poole Great choice, Molly! 🐶 11mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole yes definitely! I‘m excited! 11mo
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swynn
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This is a gem of a novella about a young French-Korean woman, recently graduated from college, trapped as a housekeeper in a resort town in winter where nothing happens, when a French artist comes to town looking for inspiration. Which makes it sound like a romance and it isn't exactly, tho it is about romance and about seeing and being seen and that awkward transition from Promising Youth to Productive Adulthood and family and I recommend it.

thegreensofa You had me at French-Korean! 😍📚 12mo
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ReadingEnvy
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I saw this book on the longlist for the (USA) National Book Award for translated literature. It is translated from the French by an author who was raised in various countries, including France and South Korea.↘️

ReadingEnvy After I saw it on the long list, I found it in #Hoopla, and realized it was a 93 page book that I could probably read quickly. It is in fragments and vignettes as well, about a young woman who works in a seasonal hotel, out of season on the border with North Korea. A French comic book artist comes for a visit and the story goes from there.↘️ 1y
ReadingEnvy There is a lot about the body and how it is seen by the self and others. I would have liked a longer story but perhaps the mood of it works best in its shortness. 1y
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Michael_Gee
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Couldn‘t resist the cover & synopsis on this one! Unfortunately it‘s riddled with formatting errors which takes away from my enjoyment. This is a quick (90 min plane ride) read that captures that dissatisfied loneliness where you find yourself putting your hopes for a different life on a transient stranger. There‘s a sad beauty to it. I could‘ve used more atmosphere, or more in general. I thought the ending lacked the punch the synopsis suggested.

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PNWBookseller85
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Well I devoured this one. Slim little novella. Sharp and slippery. You start thinking it‘s one thing and then it turns into another thing altogether in all the best ways. Couldn‘t stop reading!!

PNWBookseller85 Also, I LOVE this cover. 1y
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BookNAround
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I think I saw this on @Mitch ‘s timeline/story/what do we call it here? and promptly ordered it from England. Now it‘s about to be released here in the US and I thought I‘d read it before that happens so I don‘t feel silly for not having waited. #readingasia2021

Librariana Feed? At least, that's what it seems to be called over on Instagram... at least, since last I heard 😊 2y
Mitch It‘s quirky- but I loved the sense of place. Armchair travel! 2y
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rockpools
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This is a slight, quiet book, where nothing actually happens beyond seafood being eaten. I liked it. Our mc is working the off-season in a small guest-house, in the tourist town of Sokcho. A French cartoonist checks in, & something starts (not a friendship, not a relationship...)

I loved the sense of place- maybe I‘ve always thought of South Korea as Seoul (in the way people think England is London). This is Whitby or Falmouth & felt so familiar.

rockpools The girl‘s messed-up relationship with her mother rang true. There‘s a lot about self-image, body image, plastic surgery, and life as a biracial French-Korean girl which I was taken aback by.

Content warning for disordered eating.

Oh, and this is why I shouldn‘t do challenges! I started the month in #SouthKorea and have doubled back to end the month there. #ReadingAsia2021 may take a while!!
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squirrelbrain Great review - definitely makes me want to read it! 2y
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Cinfhen Awesome review!!! I NEED to have a sit down with you, Rachel. I‘m pretty sure it would be nonstop laughter 😊😄❣️ 2y
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2y
rockpools @squirrelbrain It‘s super-short, Helen - you‘d have it finished in under an hour! 2y
rockpools @Cinfhen Wouldn‘t that be AMAZING, Cindy? I‘d love that! When I (and the world generally) get our act together, I should plan a round-the-world trip, and visit 😁... Maybe 2030! (Doesn‘t that sound like The Future??!) 2y
rockpools @TrishB Thanks Trish 😘. 2y
Cinfhen Yes, it REALLY DOES sound futuristic 2030 2y
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rockpools
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Next up.

Because I do love a faded seaside town in winter, but it hadn‘t really occurred to me that South Korea did such things (which is utterly ridiculous, given how much coastline they have.)

Also, cover 😍

batsy Definite cover love. The book sounds good, too. 2y
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charl08
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He'd never understand what Sokcho was like.... The smells, the octopus. The isolation.

humouress The octopus? 3y
charl08 @humouress According to the book, Sokcho has a big octopus fishing industry. 3y
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charl08
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Our library is still open...

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Mitch
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I admit - I‘m susceptible to a good bookstore window. Bought the book!

JenlovesJT47 So pretty! I‘m intrigued!! 3y
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