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I really enjoyed this and typically I have a hard time with short stories. Usually, I find them to be polarizing; I either love the story or hate it. With this collection I liked pretty much all of them They were all really creative and different and overall just refreshing to read. My favorites were, "Pollen," "Saluting the Magpie," and "Hearth and Home."
I received this book for free through Bookstr's giveaways.
Like most short story collections, there were some stories I liked and some that I didn't. My personal favorites were "To the Lake," "Sea Bass," and "Visitors".
The author did a good job of showcasing how war can affect people and their families.
Overall, it was well written and I enjoyed it.
I picked this book up at my local Dollar Tree store. I had heard of this series before so when I saw it I just had to get it.
I have never read the Parasol Protectorate series so I was a bit unfamiliar with the world. Regardless, this book was still lot of fun. My only issue was that the ending felt rushed.
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I really liked this book. First off, it is incredibly well written. It was such an easy read. Some books I find myself slogging through but I didn't with this book. Everything just flowed nicely and it was effortless to read if that makes any sense.
The characters felt very real and dynamic. The author did a good job giving everyone's perspective.
I loved the setting of San Diego and how it was incorporated.
As for the abortion element, I thought it was handled well. I didn't take any issue with it.
A little random but one of my favorite quotes was, "A girl's first time was supposed to hurt. Suffering pain is what made you a woman. Most of the milestones in a woman's life were accompanied by pain, like her first time having sex or birthing a child. For men, it was all orgasms and champagne" (210). As soon as I read that I was like, Ain't that the truth!
Overall, I was really impressed by this. It was an amazing debut novel.
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I'm in between giving this 4 or 5 stars so I'm giving it 4.5.
This is a powerful book. It explores the Gwangju Uprising that happened in May of 1980 in South Korea. I had never even heard of that uprising prior to reading this book. This book highlights the violence of it all and the real human lives that were affected by it.
I liked how all the stories were interconnected and all the complex layers it showed. It gave different perspectives throughout different points of times. Kang did a great job with the emotions of all the characters. She gave a personal and human touch to the uprising.
I had read Han Kang's previous novel, The Vegetarian, and had a hard time "getting" it. I didn't have the same problem with this book.
Overall, this is a riveting and emotionally stirring book that sheds a human light on an awful atrocity.