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The Disaster Tourist
The Disaster Tourist | YUN. KO-EUN
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Yona has been stuck behind a desk for years working as a programming coordinator for Jungle, a travel company specialising in package holidays to destinations ravaged by disaster. When a senior colleague touches her inappropriately she tries to complain, and in an attempt to bury her allegations, the company make her an attractive proposition: a free ticket for one of their most sought-after trips, to the desert island of Mui.She accepts the offer and travels the remote island, where the major attraction is a supposedly-dramatic sinkhole. When the customers who've paid a premium for the trip begin to get frustrated, Yona realises that the company has dangerous plans to fabricate an environmental catastrophe to make the trip more interesting, but when she tries to raise the alarm, she discovers she has put her own life in danger.
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Sharpeipup
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When life takes away the internet, read a book!

Bookish_Viking Even when the internet is up, still, read a book! 13mo
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natashalb
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Pickpick

A bizarre tale about Yona who works as a travel agent for a company specialising in tours to disaster stricken areas and what she uncovers when she herself is bribed to go on one of those tours...

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CoveredInRust
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Really loved this one. Wild turn of events halfway through. Definitely recommend it. I hope more of this author's work is translated in the future. Don't skip over the really sweet afterward written by the author talking about her excitement for one of her books to be translated. :)

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CoveredInRust
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Finally upgraded my bookcase situation after redoing my room. This is Kallax the Larger. Kallax the Smaller is also around behind me. I am happeh for the shelf space. Yes that's nutella.

#bookcase #bookshelf

Texreader Lovely and I enjoyed the seek and find. Finally found the Nutella. 😂 2y
Nute Nice! 2y
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CoveredInRust
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I understand Yona on a deep and personal level. 🤣🤣🤣

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CoveredInRust
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My reading buddy is sleepy.

#catsoflitsy

Nute Aww... I know this reality even after a night of good rest!😴 2y
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CoveredInRust
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The writing in this book is something I didn't know I needed. Props to the translator.

BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too. 2y
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pigeonsandcrows
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Written in 2013 & translated from Korean, a satire of the tourism industry that takes the reader on a wild ride. Our MC Yona works for a disaster tourism company, where tourists can decide between a variety of disaster sites, affected by tsunamis, drought, fires, etc. She is sent to evaluate a poorly performing site, and after a twist, the story drags Yona & the reader into an alternate reality. Lots to sit with in this short, strange book.

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CoveredInRust
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Interesting so far. I'm itching to see where this goes. The premise of disaster tourism is fascinating.

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BookishTrish
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Yona designs ethically questionable tourism experiences. She wants to hold onto her job, and not be sexually harassed at work. Work sends her to Mui - an underperforming disaster holiday destination- ostensibly to evaluate a resort. Chaos ensues.

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BookishTrish
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Before the early morning commute

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BarbaraBB
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Yona works for a travel agency specializing in destinations devastated by disaster and climate change. She goes on a business trip to a fictional island, to determine if her employer should keep it on the program. The islanders‘ stories of trauma and grief raise nothing but a feeling of boredom in Yona and her fellow travelers. The disaster experienced is just not shocking enough. This is the beginning of an original and entertaining eco-thriller.

Liz_M Yay! Glad you enjoyed it. I loved the title with that cover. 2y
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Me too! And it is a good read, entertaining and thought provoking, so I am happy you chose this one for me! 2y
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Megabooks This sounds cool. Apparently I already stacked it! 😃 2y
CarolynM Sounds interesting. Stacked🙂 2y
Cinfhen Really cool idea for a book!!! Great choice for your #pop21 2y
Reggie I liked how the author made you judge her a little by how Yona doesn‘t stand together with the other victims of sexual harassment(super judgmental of me, I know, especially in the real world where you need to keep that job to pay bills) but by the end of the book you root for her. 2y
BarbaraBB @Reggie Absolutely and again when she doesn‘t oppose the sinkhole scheme but goes along with it! 2y
Cathythoughts Great review! Stacked 2y
batsy Nice review! It's on my list; sounds super intriguing. 2y
Trashcanman Thank you 🤗❤ 2y
AvidReader25 Beautiful view! 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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Yona‘s job is to create itineraries for disaster tourism. She ends up on a tour offered by her company and things go a bit sideways. This is a truly unique book with lots of social commentary. I really enjoyed it.

#ReadingAsia2021 #SouthKorea

#dogsofLitsy #Bindi

BarbaraBB I‘ve got this one lined up too! 2y
Librarybelle Stacking this! 2y
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BarbaraBB
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I couldn‘t wait any longer and opened my #jolabokaflodswap! Such great choices dear Liz 💕. I‘ve been intrigued by the tagged book and extremely happy with it! The belated birthday gift is spot-on too. It‘s a #1001books that is out of print here while it has been on my radar for years since I loved another book by El Saadawi. Also - the MoMA bookmarks are fantastic and the chocolate looks cool and delicious! I am in for the perfect evening! 😘

Mitch Ooohhh - pink sea salt and chocolate. Sounds divine! 2y
Liz_M Happy belated birthday & Merry Christmas! @Mitch the Raaska pink salt chocolate is made in Brooklyn! 2y
BarbaraBB @Liz_M @Mitch And I can confirm it is divine! 2y
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squirrelbrain I love the sound of that pink sea salt chocolate too! 😋 2y
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Your lovely parcel arrived just today, so festive! Thank you 🙏 💕 2y
catiewithac Happy Christmas! These are both great books! 2y
BookishTrish That book looks VERY good. 2y
Reggie I think you‘ll like The Disaster Tourist. It was good. 2y
BarbaraBB @Reggie I loved your review of it! 2y
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Reggie
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Translated from Korean this tells the story of Yona Ko, who works for Jungle, a travel agency that specializes in trips that tour destinations hit by disaster. She decides to take one of the company‘s trips and finds herself in a crazy pants situation. This would be a good book club pick because there‘d be a lot to discuss. It‘s a pick. Also, I voted today.

kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 for your review & for voting! 2y
Bookzombie Yay for voting! We can start on Tuesday as long our governor doesn‘t change it. 🙄 2y
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Reggie @Bookzombie your governor, he‘s kinda voter suppression personified right now. Jezuz. 🤞🏼hopefully next Tuesday for you, Margie! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm On my tbr! 2y
readordierachel High five for voting! Looking forward to doing the same. (Also, this sounds like a very interesting read) 2y
Reggie @readordierachel 🙌🏽 I think it‘s pretty original. I didn‘t know where it was going and found myself pretty unsteady most of the time. 2y
Reggie @erzascarletbookgasm can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on this. 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Stacking!! You rock the vote, Reggie!!🖖🏽 2y
BiblioLitten Sounds good! 2y
Reggie @BiblioLitten it was. Strange but good. 2y
GatheringBooks You are on a Koreanfest!!! 💕💕💕📚📚📚 2y
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Reggie
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1. Disaster Tourism? Why would you?
2. Something sweet. Because I am owned by a sweet tooth.
3. 1998. To tell yourself that when you pull over on the side of the road so your brother can pee, to make sure and not let that lottery ticket fly out. Cause next year when a winning lottery goes unclaimed and was bought from the gas station you filled up, on the date you left to go back home from your first year of college, you‘re gonna kick yourself.

rockpools Oh no! 3 😑! 2y
Reggie @LitStephanie Thanks for the tag. 2y
Cathythoughts Sweet tooth 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😋 2y
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Tanisha_A Litsy's been so irritating. Ugh 2y
readordierachel No 3 😮 2y
Reggie @rockpools @readordierachel it was for 100k. And in a lot of ways my 19 yo self could never have handled it. So maybe it was better this way. 2y
Reggie @Cathythoughts 🍭 🦷 2y
ValerieAndBooks At least it was still unclaimed— I‘d feel worse knowing someone else found the ticket and was 100K richer instead of me! 2y
Centique Youch! The lost lottery ticket... 😫 2y
Reggie @ValerieandBooks maybe some animal or bird used it for some nest or something. Then they could say a 100k went into their home. 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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ChasingOm
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I finished this gem on — hmm — yesterday? The day before? What is time anymore??

ANYWAY, this book was fantastic. I don‘t remember how it got on my TBR, but I bought it for #WomenInTranslation month and I‘m so glad I did. The overall lesson was that we have to take communal responsibility for ourselves and those around us. Deeply felt in this time of American individualism leading to a never ending battle with COVID.

#IntegrateYourShelf

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nelehelen
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I've read other climate fiction, but this was unlike anything I‘ve read. Dark and bizarre, I thought Yun Ko-Eun‘s THE DISASTER TOURIST was great read for summer especially for those looking for something different. And great pick for #WITmonth

Full Review: https://www.instagram.com/p/CDmatWuAieb/?igshid=2bfsou183fqn

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catiewithac
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I didn‘t plan on reading this book, but I‘m glad it popped up on my radar. This is Yun Ko-Eun‘s first novel to be translated into English. After a decade dedicated to her job arranging travel packages to disaster sites, Yona Ko finds herself stranded and questioning her allegiance to her employer. More than just a critique of eco-tourism and cutthroat corporations, this novel stares into the abyss and mystery of life. 🌊 🌴

Buechersuechtling Wow. Sounds really good. Thanks for your review. 🤗 (And happy weekend-reading 📚) 2y
UwannaPublishme Great review! 🙌🏻 2y
Tera66 I just added this to my TBR! 2y
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ChasingOm
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It's #IntegrateYourShelf time!

The tagged book (translated from Korean) came out this week, it's one of my most anticipated #WomenInTranslationMonth reads -- I just need to buy it. 😄

Also tagging a book in the comments that just became digitally available to me from my library. It has been translated from Japanese.

I'd like to find some SE Asian literature in translation -- anyone have a suggestion?

effani Augh, I totally misread the prompt and tagged a book by an Asian author last week, oops! 2y
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MidnightBookGirl
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I really enjoyed this novel! Yona works for Jungle, a travel company that specializes in sending tourists to areas affected by disasters. Want to visit a city wrecked by a tsunami? Or a village that have fell into a sink hole? I'm actually surprised this isn't a thing (or is it? I mean, I want to go to the Lizzie Borden B&B). Yona ends up taking a trip on the company dime after some truly awful sexual advances by her boss (con't below)

MidnightBookGirl , and has to pose as a tourist on the island of Mui. She's there to evaluate the resort and experience as Jungle is considering cutting it. But when she gets stranded there, Yona is offered a bizarre chance to help Mui stay on the disaster map. One of my favorite 2020 reads so far! And it just came out yesterday! 2y
keithmalek They have tours of Chernobyl. 2y
MidnightBookGirl @keithmalek They do! And I was thinking of the times I went to the Oklahoma City Memorial- the museum actually has you sit in a room and listen to a recording of a meeting that was occurring across the street from the Murrah building. Suddenly it goes from regular boring meeting to the sound of the bomb going off. It's super chilling, but it really is disaster tourism. 😳 2y
keithmalek I also heard that recording, in a history book that comes with a CD called We Interrupt This Broadcast. You're right. It's incredibly disturbing. 2y
kimmypete1 Should I read this? 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Enjoyed this super weird and original novel. It does slow a bit in the middle, but the crazy wind up in the end is worth it. #ARC #Netgalley

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akaGingerK
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Eh. Interesting concept, strong start, so-so finish. It felt a bit too much like the author suddenly remembered that she was Saying Something, but only after the story had wandered away from that particular message, so the sudden shift back just didn‘t work for me.
#ARC