OPRAH.COM BOOK OF THE WEEKDAILY BEAST HOT READNEW YORKER BOOK TO WATCH OUT FOR"Utterly unique." -Los Angeles Times"Exquisite...hits on all cylinders and roars to life...all the more powerful for its brevity." -New York Times Book Review"The finest of fables...a small but radiant star in the... show more
OPRAH.COM BOOK OF THE WEEKDAILY BEAST HOT READNEW YORKER BOOK TO WATCH OUT FOR"Utterly unique." -Los Angeles Times"Exquisite...hits on all cylinders and roars to life...all the more powerful for its brevity." -New York Times Book Review"The finest of fables...a small but radiant star in the current literary firmament." -Dallas Morning News"Though the book is about the consequences of war, the ideas at work in SNOW HUNTERS brilliantly translate to the broader experience of life." -NPR"[A] quotidian-surreal craft-master." -New York MagazineYoon's highly anticipated debut novel SNOW HUNTERS promises to be even more beloved than the collection of stories that introduced him to the literary world. SNOW HUNTERS traces extraordinary journey of Yohan, who defects from his country at the end of the Korean War, leaving his friends and family behind to seek a new life on the coast of Brazil. Throughout his years there, four people slip in and out of his life: Kiyoshi, the Japanese tailor for whom he works; Peixe, the groundskeeper at the town church; and two vagrant children named Santi and Bia. Yohan longs to connect with these people, but to do so he must let go of his traumatic past. In SNOW HUNTERS, Yoon proves that love can dissolve loneliness, that hope can wash away despair, and that a man who has lost a country can find a new home. This is a heartrending story of second chances, told with unerring elegance and tenderness.
Publish date: August 6th 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 208
Edition language: English
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Asian Literature
This book is a little different and perhaps not something one would expect. It is a story of Yohan, a man who has moved to an unknown village in Brazil after the Korean War and his refusal to go back to North Korea. He must readjust after the horrors of war as well as having nothing to return to aft...
Very plodding, but not really to anywhere interesting.
I loved Yoon's style of choosing just the right details to convey his story. Our experience is made of small things, like dampness on the toes of your shoes on a rainy day. There is an art to selecting just the right small things to tell a reader who a character is, what has hurt them, what their ...
First impression: There is beauty in the words. You feel the North Korean war refugee's aloofness in his new country, Brazil. The distance he feels and his reticence is palpable. Narration by the author adds to the lines' impact. A blanket of quiet overlays the story.People can talk without words. W...
Originally posted on my blog, A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall:After the Korean War, North Korean refugee Yohan emigrates to Brazil for a fresh start. All that Yohan has left behind and how it was lost is revealed in brief moments throughout the story, woven between his new experiences in Brazil, wher...