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Wegetarianka

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  60,470 Ratings  ·  8,837 Reviews
Wegetarianka to polifoniczna opowieść, która zaintryguje nie tylko zwolenników ekofeminizmu, lecz także osoby lubiące zgłębiać topografię ludzkiej psyche. Han Kang z chirurgiczną precyzją przetwarza żywą tkankę egzystencji i prowadzi czytelnika różnymi ścieżkami narracji, aby zmusić go do zadania sobie kilku pytań: Na czym polega moje istnienie? Czy potrafię być tylko czło ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published January 27th 2014 by Kwiaty Orientu (first published October 30th 2007)
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Lindsay
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Lexie I live in Korea and came here as a vegetarian. I work in the public school system and we eat the cafeteria food together. At first I would pack my own…moreI live in Korea and came here as a vegetarian. I work in the public school system and we eat the cafeteria food together. At first I would pack my own food and I was always being bombared with questions.

Yes, my Korean co-workers were really concerned about my health. They just thought it was curious of me to intentionally make the choice to avoid eating a whole food group. Everytime I got sick they would imply it was in part due to my poor diet choices!

Also, food sharing is such a big part of Korean culture! In my experience I felt that if everyone was eating from the same dish, it was considered slightly rude to reject it. This made dinner outings quite difficult when I was the only vegetarian at a table! One co-teacher had told me that to reject a meal is to reject an offer of friendship.

Of course there is the Buddhist population and they have some lovely vegetarian restaurants, however they usually serve "temple food" rather than modern vegetarian creations. They also serve vegetarian meals at the temples.

This book takes it to another extreme of course, but I personally did find it kind of comical haha just because of how meat loving Koreans tend to be. :)(less)
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Bookdragon Sean
This book wasn’t a casual read for me. This is deeply personal to my own beliefs. I’m a vegan. This book sung a song that I heard in my marrow; it made me realise so much.

As a vegan I’ve experienced some of the things that I witnessed here. I can relate to it. I’ve lived it. I’ve been called a heretic. I’ve lost friends over it, and experienced much social awkwardness just for my lifestyle choice. I’m not pushy with my beliefs. Sometimes all it takes is a mention of the word “vegetarian” to be
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Matthew
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, library
Well . . . um . . . yeah . . . so

I guess that was good . . . maybe . . .

Kinda weird . . . I think . . .

Definitely a bit much . . . oh, no doubt . . . but . . .

Poignant perhaps . . . certainly heart strings were tugged . . . however . . .

Confusion! Yes! That's it . . . or, maybe not . . .

100% sure I was 90% moved by being 80% lost while at the same time being 70% disturbed . . .

This book . . . yup . . . it's . . . sure, I guess?
Elyse Walters
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Update: Han Kang's book, "The Vegetarian", is the Man Booker international winner


Wow...****
****ZERO spoilers
I'm going to share my experience....and hope to find other readers to discuss this book with later.

I couldn't 'not' read this in anything less than one sitting.
If I keep thinking about this book, not only will I have a knot in my stomach as I do now...but I just might find myself crying my eyes out!

I haven't felt so many intense emotions from a book in a long time.
Zillions of thoughts f
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Navidad Thelamour
“Though the ostensible reason for her not wanting Yeong-hye to be discharged, the reason that she gave the doctor, was this worry about a possible relapse, now she was able to admit to herself what had really been going on. She was no longer able to cope with all that her sister reminded her of. She’d been unable to forgive her for soaring alone over a boundary she herself could never bring herself to cross, unable to forgive that magnificent irresponsibility that had enabled Yeong-hye to shuck ...more
Edward Lorn
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jared from Subway and fans of Vantage Point
Shelves: hardcover, b4b
Update #2: I've gotten enough comments from dudes for me to update this review. Oddly enough, it's just dudes, too. No woman has commented about how I'm wrong about Kang saying the book is an allegory for South Korea. And I can only guess it's because women ACTUALLY READ THE FUCKIN DESCRIPTION. From the dust jacket AND the product description here on Goodreads:

"A disturbing, yet beautifully composed narrative told in three parts, The Vegetarian is an allegorical novel about modern day South Kore
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Megan Johnson
Feb 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: international book lovers, and anyone looking for something different/memorable
Shelves: general-fiction
Han Kang's novel, 'The Vegetarian,' tells the story of Yeong-hye. Having recently had a dream that has convinced her to cease eating any meat whatsoever, and finds that such a decision is affect nearly all aspects of her life. Her family is trying to force her to eat meat, the relationships that once surrounded her are falling apart, and everyone is questioning whether she is insane. The thing is, she just might be losing her mind - and all because of a dream.

This book isn't super long. In fact,
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Justin
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, in this case, I'm much more interested in reading other people's reviews of the book rather than writing my own. I just feel like there are so many layers here, so many things that need to be discussed, so many unique interpretations, so many questions.

The first third of The Vegetarian is very Kafka-esque. It has a very Metamorphosis vibe to it. Maybe a little bit of Bird Box to give you a more contemporary example. It was dark. It was weird. It was bleak. It felt like every sentence
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Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Nope.

This is the story of two sisters & their husbands & one woman's tendency toward violent, graphic dreams.

Honestly, I'm not sure what I was supposed to take from this book & I'm not going to pretend for the sake of sounding intelligent or profound that I "got it."

I absolutely did not enjoy reading this, and I'm thankful it was over quickly. The men in this book are repulsive & selfish, and I could not identify with either sister. The lack of straightforward communication bet
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Whitney Atkinson
I gave myself 24 hours to think over this before rating it, but I still don't know... i'm left off very confused... This is a book about characters whose backstories and full character arcs aren't really explored, so it was jarring to read a character-heavy book whose main focus is on a woman that we never even see the perspective of. Maybe i'm missing something, and i'm horrified that I did because everyone else loves this book, but this just read very strangely to me. By the end I understood t ...more
Joseph
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foreign
The Vegetarian by Han Kang is a South Korean novel told in three parts. Kang is the daughter of novelist Han Seung-won. She has gone on to win the Yi Sang Literary Prize (2005), Today's Young Artist Award, and the Korean Literature Novel Award. As of summer 2013, Han teaches creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts while writing stories and novels.

The Vegetarian starts with a simple premise. A woman, Yeong-hye, decides to become a vegetarian and her family reacts to her decision. The
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Maxwell
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Vegetarian is a very cerebral novel. And yet, it's incredibly affecting. Han Kang is able to explore dark and twisted events--and characters--in a really engaging way. It's thrilling to see the story devolve, and I have to say I was never quite sure what was going to happen next. Overall it was such a fun reading experience (which if you've read this book definitely doesn't reflect the subject matter) mostly because the story felt so fresh and exciting. I really can't compare this to anythin ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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I'm almost at a loss for words on how to review this book. I loved it, it was sad and bizarre, but when dealing with mental illness, not that much is bizarre. I have my own mental illnesses so I don't put too much into what people think because there are those that support you and those that don't. And to me, in my opinion, I think Yeong-hye might not have slipped into this world as far as she did if she had support from her family. One can never tell.

I wis
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Adina
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booker, korea
“She was no longer able to cope with all that her sister reminded her of. She'd been unable to forgive her for soaring alone over a boundary she herself could never bring herself to cross, unable to forgive that magnificent irresponsibility that had enabled Yeong-hye to shuck off social constraints and leave her behind, still a prisoner. And before Yeong-hye had broken those bars, she'd never even known they were there.”

For a small book it took me a lot of time to finish. The reason is that I w
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j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
FOUR STARS

Call me crazy. I like to challenge myself with "intellectual" novels that win awards. THE VEGETARIAN was definitely demanding and it's another one to add to my appreciate, but didn't exactly enjoy it file.

This South Korean story of an "unremarkable" woman that wakes up from a nightmare and declares herself to be vegetarian is an odd story of rebellion. The woman absolutely infuriates her husband and parents with this assertive decision and somehow becomes a rebel, a subversive, an out
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Seemita
[Originally appeared here (with edits): http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/li...]

Many of us, if stretch a little, can recall the question that appeared in our science textbooks in primary schools: choose the living and non-living thing from the following options. While we conveniently tagged all humans, animals and plants to the ‘living’ side, everything else chugged to the ‘non living’ side. But did the divide stand the test of time?

Han Kang pushes this very divide to scintillating heights, red
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Fabian
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She's turned vegetarian... what a ridiculous b!+ch!

Riveting adult fiction. What do I mean by "adult"? In middle school you would not have understood it; in high school you would have hated it. But adults acting as children, having crises in front of their community at high noon? Yeah. I've been indoctrinated.

Kang has a taut, very animalistic tale of madness and marriage to share with us. Let's eat!
Nat
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diverse-reads
Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat.

In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiral
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Lark Benobi
This was a perfect, perfect book for me. The novel is simply told, and very short, but it touches on so many critical, cut-to-the-bone themes, including the most fundamental questions of identity, of gender, of responsibility toward others, and of what makes life worth living. In this novel the more outwardly stable and successful a character is, the less likely they are to have any perspective on their life choices. The more a given character becomes aware of their lived experience, the closer ...more
Deniz Balcı
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kore-edebiyatı
Han Kang, Kore Edebiyatı dediğimiz zaman, çok yeni olmasına rağmen; saygıyla ve övgüyle anılan, yazılan bir isim. Uzakdoğu'da yoğunlukta olan, biçimsel olanakları kullanarak yeni bir şeyler ortaya koymaya çalışan edebi akımlardan birinin üyesi. Bu yüzden tıpkı Kyung-sook Shin ya da Kaneo Minato gibi, dünyanın çok yakından takip ettiği genç romancılardan biri. O yüzden Man Booker ödülü almadan önce de Türkçe'ye bir an önce çevrilmesini bekliyordum, hatta Human Acts'ı İngilizcesinden okuma girişim ...more
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Stunning. Sad. Disturbing. Powerful. Unique. Astonishing. Surprising. Profound. Painful. Distressing. Moving. Exceptional. Impacting.

This is straight into my Top Ten Reads of 2016! Skipping the long list and the short list.

Wow. Let me catch my breath. No wonder this book won The Man Booker Prize 2016. I've never read anything like it. Finally translated into English for us to treasure and delve into its depths!

Expect nothing when you read this book. Have an open mind. No preconceived concepts.
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Amerie
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an exceptional read. I expected a "weird" novel, but somehow, the characters and what they were doing seemed to make sense. There were characters I absolutely disliked, but as I cringed, I also understood their motivations. Meat, blood, sex, familial guilt, transcending our primal nature...this story is about those things and so much more, including what shapes us, and how strength and weakness can sometimes be the same thing. It's interesting that the main character of the novel doesn' ...more
Issa Deerbany
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الخواء الروحي

اعتقد ان دولا كثيرة تعاني من البعد الروي للنفس البشرية. فكما يحتاج الجسد الى الغذاء النفس تحتاج الى غذاء للروح.

وبسبب الاحتياج الى هذا الغذاء الروحي والذي لا تستطيع ان تعبر عنه الى المقربين منك فلا يستطيعون تفهم ما تريده من هذه الحياة.

الرواية معبرة جدا عن عصرنا الذي نعيش فيه ولا نجد فيه راحتنا النفسية والصبر على حياة غير سعيدة فقط من اجل العادة .

لقد كان تحولها الى نباتية في البداية حدثا عظيما وقامت العائلة بجميع المحاولات لمنعها من ذلك رغم وجود المثير من النباتيين في العالم يعيشون بص
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Rae Meadows
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel is haunting, violent, moving, and utterly compelling. It's told in three parts, around a young woman named Yeong-hye, who we never hear from other than some descriptions of her terrifying dreams which led her to become a vegetarian. But she is the central character, the fulcrum for her husband, brother-in-law, and sister, each of whom narrate a section of the book.

In one pivotal (and awful) scene early on, her abusive father hits her and forces a piece of meat into Yeong-hye's mouth.
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Darwin8u
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
"She had never lived. Even as a child, as far back as she could remember, she had done nothing but endure."
-- Han Kang, The Vegetarian

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A short novel made up of three interrelated stories of three related family members (a sister/vegetarian, her sister/responsible one, her sister's husband/artist). The stories revolve around dreams, food, existence, art and nature. The book did give hints of an erotic Kafka's A Hunger Artist. No, not erotic, not really, just modern and sensual and transformative.
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Eve
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"She was no longer able to cope with all that her sister reminded her of. She’d been unable to forgive her for soaring alone over a boundary she herself could never bring herself to cross, unable to forgive that magnificent irresponsibility that had enabled Yeong-hye to shuck off social constraints and leave her behind, still a prisoner.”


It came as no surprise to me that Kang was first a poet and then a novelist. This was a robust, sensual novel about a woman’s descent into madness told from
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Thomas
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction, horror
I liked several aspects of The Vegetarian on an intellectual level. Han Kang does a great job portraying how women suffer from the male gaze, patriarchal standards that make them adhere to men, and abuse brought on by the forced consumption of meat and the men who partake in said consumption. As a future psychologist passionate about eating disorders, though, I abhorred how Kang portrayed Yeong-hye's descent into anorexia. Yes, I get that her refusal to eat meat and then food overall symbolizes ...more
Riley
3.5

This book is a depressing yet beautiful account of mental illness and societies perception of it. It is very dark and left me feeling unsettled at times.
Blair
Review originally published at Learn This Phrase.

Translated from Korean, this is the kind of story that's hard to define; a sort of character study, I suppose, of the titular vegetarian (though the diet she chooses to follow is actually vegan), the inscrutable Yeong-hye. The book is made up of three 'acts', each observing Yeong-hye from the point of view of a different person - her husband, her brother-in-law, and her sister. In her husband's version, she's the very picture of dull domesticity,
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David Yoon
So having read two Korean translations I’m entirely capable of passing judgement on a nation’s literary output. Apparently Korea is obsessed with guilt in a country where men are assholes.

Yeong-hye is described by her husband in the opening lines as “completely unremarkable in every way” then goes on to eschew meat of all kind. Naturally this leads to her cutting her wrists when her father tries to force meat into her mouth. She later sleeps with her sister’s husband after he paints flowers over
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Dannii Elle
A complex and moving lyrical masterpiece of unprecedented accolade. I cannot express how highly I rate this truly extraordinary story! I won't divulge aspects of the plot but merely attempt to relay the emotions this novel conjured in me.

The book is entirely concerned with one person, Yeong-hye, and yet we hear little in her actual perspective. We believe we know her three times over from the three altering perspectives we receive about her person, from those closest to her. I earn to know her
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소설가 한강

Han Kang is the daughter of novelist Han Seung-won. She was born in Kwangju and at the age of 10, moved to Suyuri (which she speaks of affectionately in her work "Greek Lessons") in Seoul.

She studied Korean literature at Yonsei University. She began her writing career when one of her poems was featured in the winter issue of the quarterly Literature and Society. She made her official liter
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“The feeling that she had never really lived in this world caught her by surprise. It was a fact. She had never lived. Even as a child, as far back as she could remember, she had done nothing but endure. She had believed in her own inherent goodness, her humanity, and lived accordingly, never causing anyone harm. Her devotion to doing things the right way had been unflagging, all her successes had depended on it, and she would have gone on like that indefinitely. She didn't understand why, but faced with those decaying buildings and straggling grasses, she was nothing but a child who had never lived.” 131 likes
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