The Calligrapher's Daughter
Publish date: August 4th 2009
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages no: 386
Edition language: English
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, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Asian Literature
This novel offers a glimpse into the life of Koreans during the Japanese occupation. The main character, Han Najin, strives for higher education and the freedom to choose her own destiny despite strict traditions and stifling patriarchy that limit opportunities for women, even those from a higher so...
I do not recommend this book. If I ask myself what I think of it, my response is: Yeah well, it was OK. I have no enthusiasm. I have no urge to try and convince you to pick it up. You can learn a bit from the book. There are some interesting facts about Korean history, but you can just as well skim ...
For a first novel this one was very good, with the heroine, Najin, being a wee bit of a doormat, but it was the secondary characters and story that kept me going. Set during the Japanese occupation in Korea on through to the end of WWII, this one turned out to be much better than I thought it would ...
Another win. This was a great book, and I would recommend it to fans of Wild Swans by Jung Chang, Leaving Mother Lake by Yang Erche Namu & Christine Mathie, and even Memoirs of a geisha by Arthur Golden. I got the same feeling as I got from those books, and not just because those took place in Chin...
I've been trying SO hard to like this book. I keep telling myself if I read just a little more, maybe things will gel and I can "bond" with the book. But after almost 100 pages it's just not happening for me, so I'm done trying. This is a book where the writing is quite good but the storytelling ...