the vegetarian han kang

The Vegetarian (Han Kang)

“I had a dream.” This seemingly plain and simple sentence hadn’t meant that much to me until I read this book. This novella has three parts: The Vegetarian, Mongolian Mark, and Flaming Trees. The Vegetarian focuses on  Yong-hye, who decides to stop eating meat after having a nightmare. Her husband finds this sudden dietary change weird and even gets mad at her for her seemingly useless decision. He tries … Continue reading The Vegetarian (Han Kang)

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Rich People Problems (Kevin Kwan)

I was so excited to read this book, since I really enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend. And while I can say that this one’s still a fun read, I have to be honest that I also have some issues with it. I think these issues begin with my observation that the plot seems hurried. It feels like the author had a lot in mind while writing … Continue reading Rich People Problems (Kevin Kwan)

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Sputnik Sweetheart (Haruki Murakami)

A friend of mine just told me how pissed she was upon reaching the end of this novel. Another friend, on the other hand, said that she appreciated how realistic it was. She thought it was the most logical thing to happen, given the circumstances of the characters. And I am still left with mixed emotions. Sputnik Sweetheart tells the story of Sumire, an aspiring writer who … Continue reading Sputnik Sweetheart (Haruki Murakami)

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Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng)

There are lots of conflicts in this novel. It opens with Lydia’s death. One morning, her family members just realize that she’s already missing. They call the police, eventually; the search begins. Yet, to their surprise, Lydia’s body is found at the bottom of the lake near their house. Someone’s behind her death, Marilyn, her mother, thinks. Even Nath, her brother, believes a guy named Jack has … Continue reading Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng)

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The Fault In Our Stars (John Green)

I agree with Hazel Lancaster. In many stories, cancer patients are depicted as weak individuals who just depend on other people’s pity. I am aware, too, that in many stories, cancer patients experience miracles no matter what, no matter how improbable it is in their situations. “The world is not a wish-granting factory.” – from John Green’s The Fault in our Stars Yet in John … Continue reading The Fault In Our Stars (John Green)

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Kafka On The Shore (Haruki Murakami)

If you are the kind of person who wants to know everything — as in every little detail of all the things — this book may not be for you. For in this book, there is more to knowing the facts and being familiar with every aspect of them. Here, there are some things that are better left unsaid. Yet, that does not mean you … Continue reading Kafka On The Shore (Haruki Murakami)

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No One Belongs Here More Than You (Miranda July)

I myself almost committed the same mistake. I did not pick up a copy of this book from the shelves of bookstores I had visited, thinking it would just be another so-so read. Good thing, though, my friend A started talking about it. He said he liked the book a lot and since I have always trusted his taste, I gave it a shot. I read it. … Continue reading No One Belongs Here More Than You (Miranda July)

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The Financial Lives Of The Poets (Jess Walter)

  “How do you know when you’ve gone too far? When you can’t go back?” This, definitely, is one of the most striking lines in this book. Written by Jess Walter, The Financial Lives of the Poets tells the story of a Matthew, who quit his job as a reporter to pursue his long time dream–to write verses about money matters. Things don’t go well for him, … Continue reading The Financial Lives Of The Poets (Jess Walter)

Room (Emma Donoghue)

Room tells the story of Ma and Jack. At first, things seem normal. They stay in a room, so what? Yet, subtle yet meaningful details imply, little by little, that there’s actually something wrong with the whole setup. Why let Jack sleep inside the wardrobe, in the first place? Also, isn’t it strange that Old Nick, another character in the novel, just comes in at … Continue reading Room (Emma Donoghue)

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Frog Music (Emma Donoghue)

Set in San Francisco in the 1800s, Frog Music tackles the mysterious death of a young woman called Jenny Bonnet. She is shot to death one night while her friend Blanche Beunon, a burlesque dancer, survives. For the next days, Blanche tries to find answers to her biggest questions about her friend’s death. Praised for its cinematic style, Frog Music is a good attempt as historical … Continue reading Frog Music (Emma Donoghue)