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
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...
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...
Like many of the readers who have read or are currently reading this novel, I was intrigued by Han Kang's earlier novel, The Vegetarian. The Vegetarian elicited many different, strongly-held views from its readers. Many were haunted or captivated. Some were horrified. Others were simply confused. Al...
I don’t know what possessed me to read this novel. Inside was death, and I am not talking people dying, I am talking about individuals being shot at and bodies being brought in by the truckloads, being dumped off waiting for someone to claim them. These bodies, laying in rows, candles being placed i...