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From Wonso Pond: A Korean Novel
“From Wonso Pond is an astonishing achievement of a young author whose life and work ended far too soon. Here, we have two girls and two boys, four hearts and two roads. From a colonized Korea, Kang sets the stage for the tragic birth of two rival nations. John Dos Passos and George Orwell may have had a Korean sister yet.”—Min Jin Lee, author of Free Food For Millionaires ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by The Feminist Press at CUNY
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Dec 19, 2012 Tuck rated it 3 of 5 stars
i think a first novel written by a woman translated to english from the colonial times of korea, the japanese occupation colonial times that is. starts out in a rural farming area (korea was still 80% farmers in 1934) and shows the brutality and ruthlessness of the rich and powerful while they blithely rip off the peasants/farmers and capriciously poke, prod, and fuck their daughters. one day the rich dude's daughter visits from her boarding highschool with a city man. so then the yokels see in ...more
Dec 14, 2009 Frances rated it 3 of 5 stars
Set during Japanese-occupied Korea and Manchuria, this book was originally serialized in the newspaper with some parts censored out. It is a story of poverty, both rural and city (factory settings with Communist Party agitation).