The Vegetarian

by Han Kang | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1846276039 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSparkishwing of Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on 7/21/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSparkishwing from Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Yeong-hye and her husband are ordinary people. He is an office worker with moderate ambitions and mild manners; she is an uninspired but dutiful wife. The acceptable flatline of their marriage is interrupted when Yeong-hye, seeking a more 'plant-like' existence, decides to become a vegetarian, prompted by grotesque recurring nightmares. In South Korea, where vegetarianism is almost unheard-of and societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision is a shocking act of subversion. Her passive rebellion manifests in ever more bizarre and frightening forms, leading her bland husband to self-justified acts of sexual sadism. His cruelties drive her towards attempted suicide and hospitalisation. She unknowingly captivates her sister's husband, a video artist. She becomes the focus of his increasingly erotic and unhinged artworks, while spiralling further and further into her fantasies of abandoning her fleshly prison and becoming - impossibly, ecstatically - a tree. Fraught, disturbing and beautiful, The Vegetarian is a novel about modern day South Korea, but also a novel about shame, desire and our faltering attempts to understand others, from one imprisoned body to another.

Journal Entry 2 by wingSparkishwing at Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 04, 2020

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Journal Entry 3 by wingshnedwardswing at Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Saturday, August 08, 2020
It’s here! It arrived the other day but I’m just getting round to journalling it. Thank you!

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