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The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim
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Jan 28, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

This is a story set in Korea just after the turn on the 20th century, until after World War II. It's the story of Nadjin, the first-born of a famous artist/calligrapher. Her father is steeped in the culture and traditions of his country and fiercely resents the annexation and rule of Korea by Japan. He is very traditional and discounts the value of a tomboyish highly intelligent girl. His disdain goes so deep that he fails to choose a name for her or have a naming ceremony on her 100th day as is the custom. She goes through life called the name of the city her mother is from. Although this creates a lack of identity in her early years, it also gives her the freedom to explore new pathways. Nadjin is truly a winsome heroine. The story is rich and interesting and also intensely personal. It gives a close-up view of these years in this part of the world. I enjoyed it from start to finish.
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