I received a free copy of this book for an honest review from Blogging for Books. An extended review can be found on my blog.
I had mixed feelings goiI received a free copy of this book for an honest review from Blogging for Books. An extended review can be found on my blog.
I had mixed feelings going into this book, primarily because of the title and cover design, both of which felt overplayed and unoriginal. Beginning the book, something felt off. I cannot read Korean, so I have no idea how the text flows in its original language, but I have a feeling that this translation is not a good one. Certain sentences and words just feel out of place, a little off, which allows the translation aspect to show through, something that truly great translators know how to conceal.
At this point, I am halfway through the book. I plan on chugging along, but it is a slow one. The book is easy to read, and it really should be a quick read except that I can't settle down into it long enough to zip through it. In fact, I find the book boring.
Part of my boredom stems from the characters, who are less developed characters and more symbols for people and societal pressures/points of view. This works at times, but this book doesn't offer enough philosophical meat (budumdum) for me to buy it. It either needs to give me more ideas or give me more characters, but instead it lacks a great deal of either.
There is a whole lot of telling and very little showing going on. The ideas of feminine oppression paired with meat-eating is not a new one, though I admit to having little knowledge of this idea in contexts beyond my own cultural boundaries. I'm usually not a fan of this comparison anyway, except for Maragart Atwood's The Edible Woman, which I think gets at the message subtly and with a weird, interesting spin.
One of the first books I've stolen from the internet, and I still feel like I got jipped.
One star for writing and pacing. Two stars for the tiny glimmOne of the first books I've stolen from the internet, and I still feel like I got jipped.
One star for writing and pacing. Two stars for the tiny glimmering elements of something good.
I'll hit the highlights: the pacing is all off--it is boring as hell. There are tons of unnecessary scenes and details. There is a lot of pseudo-intellectual bullshit that is actually just shit. Lots of not so subtle woman hate (don't even go into that there's a point to it because I'm too done with it to do a fat review with extensive reasons of why that doesn't work). The dialogue is clunky. So many literallys. So much telling not showing. So much so-called "self awareness". So many similes as an easy out for description.
The movie was significantly better for the first half (before it got ridiculous). The pacing is better. The editing is great. The book is really simply bad. ...more
tbh barely paid attention to most of this. I totally get why it is an important work, but so much of it has been infused and adapted into later work ttbh barely paid attention to most of this. I totally get why it is an important work, but so much of it has been infused and adapted into later work that looking at this now, it seems trite. I have also grown very tired of books that are very a-character-in-the-book-telling-a-story-to-other-characters-with-emphasis-on-the-telling. Very common in book 100+ years old (or, like this one, more), and my position in history and the history of novel writing definitely plays a big role in how I engage with these. ...more