In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed. The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre.... show more
In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed.
The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho’s best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory worker, each suffering from traumatic memories; and to Dong-ho's own grief-stricken mother; and through their collective heartbreak and acts of hope is the tale of a brutalized people in search of a voice.
An award-winning, controversial bestseller, HUMAN ACTS is a timeless, pointillist portrait of an historic event with reverberations still being felt today, by turns tracing the harsh reality of oppression and the resounding, extraordinary poetry of humanity
Publish date: 2017-01-17
Publisher: Random House
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
Is it true that human beings are fundamentally cruel? Is the experience of cruelty the only thing we share as a species? Is the dignity that we cling to nothing but self-delusion, masking from ourselves this single truth: that each one of us is capable of being reduced to an insect, a ravening beast...
I received this book for free through Bookstore's giveaways. 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. T...
Review in Progress:Holy shit. I'ma need a minute here. o.O Ya'll gon need this, but be careful. Fucking masterful. ------Update #1: Just notified I won a copy in a Goodreads giveaway! Will update when it arrives :D
I received a copy of this book through The Reading Room/Bookstr in exchange for an honest review. My first reaction to this book was that it was beautifully written. But that isn't quite the right word. While there is a certain beauty to its undeniable humanity, the violence and pain and suffering a...
A young boy named Dong-ho is one of many who have been killed in the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea. Interconnected chapters tell the stories of the victims and the bereaved - Dong-ho's best friend who has also been killed; Dong-ho's mother; an editor struggling against censorshi...