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The Color of Earth (Color Trilogy #1)

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First love is never easy.

Ehwa grows up helping her widowed mother run the local tavern, watching as their customers - both neighbors and strangers - look down on her mother for her single lifestyle. Their social status isolates Ehwa and her mother from the rest of the people in their quiet country village. But as she gets older and sees her mother fall in love again, Ehwa
Paperback, 319 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by First Second (first published 2003)
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Jul 22, 2010 lita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic

”Untuk apa membeli sesuatu yang pasti akan mati” – The Painted Veil

Sebagai penggemar bunga, saya tak pernah bisa memberi jawaban pasti bila ada teman yang menanyakan kegemaran saya ini. Terutama bagi teman-teman yang tahu kalau saya berlangganan bunga. Setiap lima hari sekali, satu buket besar bunga pasti akan datang ke rumah, yang kemudian saya taruh dalam vas-vas besar di beberapa sudut. Sebuah pemborosan di mata beberapa teman yang tak suka dengan bunga.

Tapi kemudian, buku Warna Tanah ini m

Colleen Venable
I imagine if Judy Bloom lived in rural Korea this would be the book she wrote. Really stunning.
Seth T.
Jan 28, 2013 Seth T. rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The Color of Earth, The Color of Water, and The Color of Heaven by Kim Dong Hwa

[Girl in a field of grasses and flowers? Ban it!]

A couple weeks ago it was Banned Books Week, a national celebration of those works that have been challenged by adults who believe in sequestering away literature that does not adequately line up with their particular ideological yardstick. It's rare that these challenges are meant as outright bans. Rather than seek to remove a work completely from the range of literature available to a society, these challengers wish to keep the targeted books fr
Dec 09, 2013 Roos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Syl and Palsay
Recommended to Roos by: Curious
Shelves: furious, comiculun, 2010
Buku ini membuatku merindukan seseorang yang masih dalam mimpiku. Buku ini juga membuatku merindukan aroma tanah saat bercengkerama dengan hujan, serta wanginya bunga-bunga yang bermekaran di setiap musimnya.

KIM DONG HWA. Pertama membaca buku Graphic Novel seri Chinken Soup, langsung membuatku jatuh cinta pada karya-karya ilustrasinya. Terkenal akan kemampuannya di dunia Manhwa atau Manga di Jepang. Pak Kim, tidak saja menyajikan gambar yang cantik tapi juga kisah yang menyentuh di buku Warna Ta
Harun Harahap
Katanya lelaki itu layaknya kumbang. Entah karena ia kuat seperti kumbang atau karena rela menerima saiapa saja menjadi pasangannya. Terserah.

Katanya perempuan itu layaknya bunga.
Apakah dia bunga labu yang cantik di kala orang terlelap.?
Apakah dia seperti bunga Tiger Lily yang cantik ketika tak ada yang menyaksikan?
Apakah dia seperti kamelia yang walau cantik harus bertepuk sebelah tangan?
Ya benar katanya, Wanita itu makhluk yang aneh. Selalu berubah dan sulit ditebak. Wanita sendiri katanya ad

gelisah saat kutemukan adanya perbedaan
ada sesuatu yang mereka punya
kami tidak
ada sesuatu yang kami punya
mereka tidak

gelisah saat kudengar nyanyian sumbang
yang mengandaikan ia bagaikan kumbang
ia bukan kumbang
ia adalah bunga labu
yang aromanya tertebar menarik perhatian
tapi hanya untuk yang tertuju
agar selalu merindukannya
dan selalu kembali dengan luapan cinta

di tengah hujan kebimbangan meraja
hollyhock yang tumbuh perlahan
telah terselimuti tiger lily yang merekah di se
Mar 22, 2011 Marissa rated it liked it
Shelves: comix, feminist
It is hard for me to know exactly how to rate this trilogy. There's clearly something lost in the cross-cultural translation since so much of this trilogy circles around the cultural beliefs and ideas about sexuality that existed during a specific era in a small Korean village. Not having access to that context, I'm sure my perspective on the series may lack some broader insight. I also totally have no background knowledge on how women's sexuality is regarded in Korea currently. From the introdu ...more
Jul 16, 2009 Bill rated it it was ok
I found myself marveling at some of the illustration in this book while being perplexed at a considerable amount of it. I never could seem to come to terms with what Kim was doing with the combination of simple (and at times what seemed to me simplistic) drawings and the elaborate scenes of nature and the countryside that recur throughout.

What I found most unsatisfying was the storyline. Is this all there was to these two people's lives--thinking about men? I haven't done much looking around for
Aug 15, 2010 nat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Aku suka membaca novel grafis. Namun aku cenderung membacanya lebih lama dibanding membaca novel biasa, karena menikmati guratan-guratan gambarnya.

Novel ini indah, mengguratkan karakter-karakter di dalamnya dengan lembut, tak banyak arsiran atau goresan, lebih berupa garis-garis yang sekali jadi. Aku tak terampil menggambar, namun aku menikmati gambar dan lukisan, walau bukan dengan mata seorang kritikus seni.

Kim Dong Hwa awalnya kusangka adalah seorang perempuan, karena pendekatan feminisnya da
Well, I don't need to wonder why this landed on the frequently challenged books list anymore. Any book that deals with puberty and sexual development is well-nigh doomed to find a place in Banned Books Week.

What I find so ironic about this book is that I question how broad an audience it would have found in this country in the first place if it weren't for the outcry. I certainly wouldn't have picked it up. (Oh, book banners. The stuff you get me to read.) While a lot of the illustrations are tr
Jan 23, 2014 Sesana rated it liked it
I still haven't read much manhwa. Something tells me that this isn't typical. It's a slow, reflective coming of age story, surprisingly frank in how it shows a young girl's sexual awakening. This certainly won't be for everyone. The characters are drawn in a very mannered style, the whole thing is quite slow to unfold, and it verges on navel gazing at certain points. That said, it's refreshingly honest, and the backgrounds, especially the flowers, can be breathtaking. I'm not sure if I liked it ...more
Jun 15, 2015 Damon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, manga
Quite a sweet story. A lot of flowers but all in black and white illustrations.
This is a historically set piece, which is the saving grace for my enjoyment of The Color of Earth. I'm too cynical to otherwise appreciate a work about puberty as the blossoming of a woman's personal flower, in addition to perpetuating the idea that women are strange, mysterious creatures whose whims are unfathomable to menfolk.

In spite of that message the language is lyrical, a beautiful complement to the art style; both complex and simplistic, shifting tones with ease.

indri juwono
Sep 26, 2010 indri juwono rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel

“Jadi bukan karena kita cacat, melainkan karena kita perempuan? Lalu kenapa Dongchul dan Moonsho punya burung sementara anak-anak perempuan tidak punya?”(h.35)

Orangtua, sesulit apa pun, harus bisa menjelaskan tentang seksualitas pada anaknya. Pertanyaan-pertanyaan Ehwa di buku ini cukup menggelitik, membayangkan beberapa tahun lagi mungkin anak perempuanku akan bertanya hal-hal serupa. Kalau sekarang hanya bisa menjelaskan pertanyaan tentang bedanya laki-laki dan perempuan, hanya sebata
Kathryn Fulton
Jan 25, 2013 Kathryn Fulton rated it it was ok
This is an odd little book. It is a collection of episodes in the life of Ehwa, a little girl growing up in Korea of a few generations ago--so far, so good. But it is basically just all the incidents where Ehwa learns something about sex, starting with her first realization at age 7 (really? she's 7 and apparently the women sometime bathe together in the creek, and she never figured this out?) that boys' and girls' bodies are different. Okay, it's not just sex ed; many of the stories are about E ...more
Kat Hagedorn
Mar 09, 2010 Kat Hagedorn rated it liked it

As I've said before, I don't often review the graphic novels or comic strips that I read. This one, however, was for book club, so I feel a bit obliged.

Having a bit of knowledge on the history of manga graphic novels, or at the least a vague understanding of where they started and how they've spread, this particular selection was, um, different. I know there are all types: samurai-based, tween love, erotic, heck there's even one based on the life of Buddha (and it's fan
Saat membaca mahnwa ini, terbayang di imaji gue adalah scenery dari K-Drama karya Yoon Suk-Ho yang terkenal dengan drama musim-nya; Endless Love, Winter Sonata, Summer Scent. Yaitu Spring Waltz Bener-bener penggambaran alam dan keindahan musim seminya sama dengan yang ditampilkan dalam drama tersebut.

Plus saat membaca kisah hidup Ehnwa dan Ibunya dengan backsound dari ost Spring waltz sendiri, One Love

One Love

Higher than the sky above you
Clearer than blue
Brighter than the rays of sunshine
Aug 09, 2010 Mery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: punya
Kekasihku tiba, tapi bukan menyambutnya,
Aku hanya bisa menggigit ujung celemekku dengan ekspresi hampa--
Betapa kikuknya diriku.

Hatiku merindukannya, sebesar dan senyalang bulan yang purnama
Namun aku malah menyipitkan mata, tatapanku
setajam dan setipis bulan sabit.

Namun bukan aku melulu yang bertingkah begini.
Ibuku dan ibu dari ibuku sama konyol dan canggungnya saat masih gadis...

Tapi cinta yang datang dari hatiku meluap-luap,
Seterang dan semerah besi panas dalam tungku pandai besi.

Puisi cinta ya
Feb 01, 2013 Owen rated it liked it
Recently I decided to start reading different genres of books so I saw this graphic novel at my local library and decided to try it. I've only read a few graphic novels so I wouldn't call myself an expert on manga or anything.

It was decent. I am glad it wasn't trying to be funny, because that tends to annoy me in manga/graphic novels, and The Color of Earth actually had a story and read like any other literary work. It is an interesting display of culture, love, and sexual awakening.

Some parts
Bukan manga sebenarnya, tapi manhwa. Sebelumnya saya belum pernah membaca Chicken Soup karangan Kim Dong Hwa, tapi melihat cover bukunya, gambarnya dan tampilan buku ini membuat saya sungguh ingin membacanya. Mungkin karena warnanya pastel dan ilustrasinya indah.

Rasanya seperti membaca fairy tale dari halaman pertama, walau semakin ke belakang, semakin terasa seperti membaca buku puisi dengan gambar. Dan ternyata ceritanya lebih panjang dari yang saya kira.

Kisahnya mengenai Ehwa dan ibunya, seor
Aug 18, 2009 Kristen rated it liked it
Judy Blume meets graphic novel. I don't read many graphic novels, but I read this one because it had been so well-reviewed. The art is lovely and open, and Kim Dong Hwa has made a lovely coming-of-age story here. I liked the writing, but maybe I'm more prudish than I thought - some of the scenes that show the girl or the boy experiencing normal milestones in puberty (first wet dream, first menstruation) threw me for a loop. It's not that the scenes were obscenely or inappropriately drawn - it wa ...more
Well, kisahnya cukup indah. Pergulatan hidup seorang janda dengan gadis ciliknya menemukan cinta. Tapi saya nggak begitu simpati dengan si janda yang lha kok mudah banget "menyerahkan" dirinya sama si pengembara. Bukannya saya sok ustazah (:p), tapi mbok ya kasi contoh yang baik buat anak gadisnya gitu, dan cerita penantian cinta si janda terhadap pengembara dibuat lebih elegan. Tapi saya baru ngeh, pantesan kategorinya "untuk dewasa" *sigh*. Saya kan belum puber....
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Jun 09, 2015 Sam rated it it was amazing
I really need to track down the other two volumes of this, because that was one of the best takes of a mother-daughter relationship I've read in a long time.
Indah ip
Oct 24, 2010 Indah ip rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saya dan adik saya punya minat baca yang berbeda.

Saya gila novel, dia gila komik. Dari semua komik yang berderet-deret di rak buku kamarnya dan direkomendasikannya seja SMP dulu sampai sekarang, saya cuma berhasil membaca sampai tuntas: Candy-Candy. Sebaliknya dari semua novel yang berderet-deret di rak kamar saya dan saya rekomendasikan kepadanya, kelihatannya cuma Totochan yang berhasil dia baca sampai tuntas. Hehehe.

Nah, suami saya juga penggemar komik, tapi gak tau tuh, saya tidak juga terl
A pinnacle part of growing up is the discovery of sexuality. What is it? What does it mean? What is sex? What is love? And how does everyone coexist with all this sexual tension?! It's difficult to remember what it was like when childhood curiosity first leads a person to begin asking questions.

In The Color of Earth we take an intimate look at the beginning of a young girl's journey into adulthood. Ehwa lives in Korea in a rural village with her widowed mother. Under the back drop of their rela
Katie  (Books and Katie)
Aug 11, 2014 Katie (Books and Katie) rated it it was amazing
I came hoping to see those eyes, but instead I return with my heart, leaving behind only flowers.


Despite the fact that this book is sexual graphic, which I would normally not like in a YA book, there is something to innocent and timeless about this story that I fell completely in love.

Overall, this is the perfect coming of age story, as well as one for first loves.


Fiction State Of Mind
Oct 02, 2015 Fiction State Of Mind rated it it was amazing
I love books. All Genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Comic Books and Manga. My wish with crossover sunday is to introduce readers to new genres.

My first review is The Color Of Water .
"In a timeless village in rural Korea young Ehwa and her widowed mother live quietly together,best friends and confidantes" Kim Dong Hwa

The color of earth is a gorgeously illustrated Black and white Manga. The First in a triology of books about the life and loves of a mother in daugter in rural Korea. Ma
Oct 19, 2009 Amy added it
Shelves: 2009, comix
This book explores the sexual awakening of a young Korean girl named Ehwa. While she is learning about the various relationships between men and women, she has to deal with rampant sexism. A description that I read of this book called it "timeless," which I don't want to agree with because of how the men treat the women in this book. I fear, though, that this sort of behavior isn't as uncommon as most people would like to think it is, even today. Anyway, having to deal with this kind of harassme ...more
Karen Henspeter
Apr 07, 2013 Karen Henspeter rated it liked it
o APA citation: Kim, D. H. (2009). The color of the earth. New York, NY: First Second Books, ALA's list of Top Ten Challenged Books of 2011

o Genre: Controversial/Banned

o Format: Graphic novel

o Selection process: Sanders, J. (2010). Cutting-Edge Manga. Teacher Librarian, 37(3), 27.

o Review: In this beautifully illustrated graphic novel, originally written in Korean, author Dong Hwa Kim tells the story of Ehwa, a young Korean girl who is beginning to wrestle with classic coming-of-age questions.
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Kim Dong-Hwa is a widely revered Korean comic artist. Since his debut (with My Sky, serialized in the Daily Hanguk, one of the most prestigious Korean newspapers) in 1975, he has become a mainstay of the Korean manhwa (comics) landscape. He is best known for his tender stories and uncanny ability to write from a profoundly feminine perspective.

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“When that part of the woman meets with a man, all the flowers in the world suddenly bloom! All the birds of the world gather together and sing. The entire world turns golden, and your body becomes completely relaxed and you're not sure whether you're floating on clouds of feathers. The universe comes alive, like fireworks in the night.” 7 likes
“My beloved has arrived, but rather than greeting him,
All I can do is bite the corner of my apron with a blank expression-
What an awkward woman am I.

My heart has longed for him as hugely and openly as a full moon
But instead I narrow my eyes, and my glance to him
Is sharp and narrow as the crescent moon.

But then, I'm not the only one who behaves this way.
My mother and my mother's mother were as silly and stumbling as I am when they were girls...

Still, the love from my heart is overflowing,
As bright and crimson as the heated metal in a blacksmith's forge.”
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