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review 2017-04-09 20:13
Human Acts - Han Kang

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. 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.

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text 2017-04-08 22:51
Reading progress update: I've read 161 out of 224 pages.
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text 2017-04-07 01:16
Reading progress update: I've read 22 out of 224 pages.
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review 2017-02-26 00:00
Human Acts
Human Acts - Han Kang Review in Progress:
Holy shit. I'ma need a minute here. o.O Ya'll gon need this, but be careful. Fucking masterful.

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Update #1: Just notified I won a copy in a Goodreads giveaway! Will update when it arrives :D
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review 2017-02-18 14:33
Human Acts - Han Kang

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 are not beautiful. They are harrowing and heartbreaking.

Well-written. That's as close as I can get to describing it.

I loved the premise of this book. As the reader finds out more about Dong-ho through various other characters, its impossible not to feel the ache of human pain. Each character suffered in their own way, both physically and emotionally.

This book takes a horrifying and traumatic event and tries to find meaning within it, as well as asking the fundamental question: what is humanity?

Kang paints the various aspects of humans: the beautiful, the ugly, the violent, the loving, the kindness, the hatred; and creates a portrait of unarguably human acts.

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