Banned Book Club
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The illustrations are not as exciting as I wold have liked, but it almost seemed on purpose...
whether it was or not...don't tell me.
Despite this taking place in Korea, the content is highly relevant to North America right now.
Give it a whirl and get down with some Korean revolutionaries.
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Kim Hyun Sook is a freshman, who becomes a part of the group, first thinking they're a regular book club. She soon finds out how danger ...more
I have reservations about the veracity of this book as the marketing seems to present it as a memoir. I dislike that the back cover says that this is a "dramatic true story" while the text buried at the back of the book says the writers took "ingredients" of true stories and "sliced, diced, and blended them into one narrative starring a handful of amalgamated c ...more
This is a fictionalized account of Kim Hyun Sook’s time in college during the strict and oppressive rule of South Korea’s Fifth Republic. During this time in 1983, riots were common at the universities and protests occurred to fight against the censorship and dictatorship that was occurring. This graphic novel is based on real events, but blended together to protect the identity of many real people who fought for things to c...more
I loved this comic so much I swallowed it in one sitting. I'm always moved when authors take history and bring it to a level that people can easily read and understand. This story follows Hyun Sook as she leaves for college against her parents wishes. While at college, she gets sucked into a secret banned book club led by a group of student protestors.
I appreciated everything about this book. The story reflec ...more
I wanted more detail, but it is a great beginning to this part o ...more
It did not go well.
But this account of the naive Hyun Sook, newly at university in 1983 and learning about her own nation's political travails for the first time, changed all of that. In just 200 or so short, informative ...more
We see Sook come into college with the mindset that she's only there to study, le ...more
It all starts with the government banning certain literature. Particularly Western literature. Kim wants to read these stories. She wants to study literature. But her mother is not happy. She should be ...more
Kim Hyun Sook is a freshman at college. Much to her excitement, her love of reading gets her invited to a book club. But it turns out this club reads books that have been banned by her government(early 80s South Korea). Even though that makes her very nervous, she stays in the group. She ends up making friends in the club, and soon starts attending student protests with them.
Banned Book Club is a portrait of Korea in the 1980s, being young and realizing that not everything you ha ...more
It also deals with really heavy subject matter—police brutality, sexual harassment and assault, authoritarianism and its discontents—with due seriousness, though at times it felt a bit flattening, as it gives nearly the same dramatic weig ...more
As long as there have been books, there have been people trying to control them. In this graphic novel memoir, we’re able to see this in play during the 80s in South Korea. College students continued to read banned materials even when the consequences for being caught were quite grim.
The story opens with a family argument. Hyun Sook’s mother does not understand why the college students, and her daughter specifically, feel that things need to be different. Sh ...more
Banned Book Club is definitely a story of our time while being told about the past. In the political climate of today's world this is an incredible look back to a time of censorship and fascism in Korea. Hyun Sook is invited to join a banned book club and while apprehensive at first she realizes over time that being apathetic about politics can be more detrimental than not. Her and her friends use her colleges tools and clubs as means to secretly defy the ...more
Highly, highly recommended. ...more
This YA graphic memoir is set "during South Korea's Fifth Republic, a military regime that entrenched its power through censorship, torture, and the murder of protesters."
The author overrides he mother's wishes and attends college to study Western Lit. Things do not go quite as she planned, and she's soon swept along with a protest group.
The illustration style is a tad too sketchy for my taste, and the narrative thrust is often uneven, but I ...more
Our lead, Kim, goes off to college to learn bright and new things. Suddenly, she's found herself apart of a book club but not just any book club... it reads banned books, which is quite the scandal in South Korea during the 80s. This political true story is an incredible read and I think it's in the perfect format to te ...more
Yum Sook joins a banned book club, because reading banned books gives you a good idea what the authorities don’t want you to read about.
This looks at one year of her life, int he group, and what they’d I’d with their time, and how they help protests. At ...more
An e-ARC was provided by the publisher through Edelweiss+ in exchange of an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.
There are a bunch of book I want people to read. First, the books I love so much and mean everything to me. Then, books like BANNED BOOK CLUB. I mean, it’s not my favorite book ever but it’s a book everybody should read because it’s an important one, because we should know more about history and what happened even if it didn’t h ...more
Not knowing much about Korean history, all of the events contained in this book were new to me, but the authors did a great job of explaining the key points to understand the plot. The Korean political climate as shown here reminded ...more