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Human Acts by Han Kang- Book Review

20160713_194913.jpgAfter reading strange but compelling ‘The Vegetarian’ by Han Kang (winner of the Booker Prize) I asked for her next book Human Acts for my birthday.  I took it on holiday, although I don’t think you could call it light holiday reading, and finished it off on the plane.

The introduction by Deborah Smith (Kang’s translator) explains the situation in South Korea in the 1980’s when Chun Doohwan assassinated dictator Park Chung-hee, and then expanded martial law himself.  Student demonstrations in the Southern city of Gwangju lead to a brutal crackdown by paratroopers. People, young people, were killed and their bodies dumped, left to rot, or burned. Continue reading “Human Acts by Han Kang- Book Review”

The Vegetarian by Han Kang- Book Review

I was attracted to the title of this book, that’s how I pick my books, that and the length and it’s been working out quite well for me.  I read the first page and liked it.

Before my wife turned vegetarian, I’d always thought of her as completely unremarkable in every way…However, if there wasn’t any special attraction, nor did any particular drawbacks present themselves, and therefore there were no reason for the two of us not to get married.

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