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The Color of Heaven

(Color Trilogy #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,399 ratings  ·  204 reviews
A celebration of the triumph of true love

As Ehwa grew from a girl to a young woman in The Color of Earth and The Color of Water, she began to understand and experience love and relationships, with her mother as a model and confidante. Now, in the heartwarming conclusion to this lyrically written and delicately drawn trilogy, Ehwa's true love comes at last, and as her mothe
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by First Second (first published 2003)
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This series should've been called "How Many Times Can We Talk About Flowers and Butterflies in One Book" or "How to Use Way Too Many Metaphors and Bore Your Audience" or maybe "Weird Facial Expressions, Random Corporal Punishment, Misandry AND Misogyny, plus Bonus: Surprise Floppy Boobs."

This trilogy quickly degraded in quality in terms of the story, though the artwork was always nice. I don't ever want to hear about flowers and butterflies ever again though.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'The Color of Heaven' is the third and final part of Kim Dong Hwa's Colors trilogy.

This part continues the story of Ehwa and her mother as we follow the happenings in their lives. We also follow their love stories which follow different paths and move in different ways. There is yearning, longing, heartbreak, lots of mother-daughter conversations, allusions to images and metaphors from classical poetry, descriptions of flowers and nature and how they are metaphors to happenings in a person's li
OK, so this series was beautifully illustrated and all that, but it was just so...precious? predictable? essentialist? You've got a mother and a daughter. And all they do is talk about how much it sucks to be a woman, always waiting and longing. It's pretty hard for me to get into something like this. I would much rather see the women finding happiness on their own terms rather than through the validation of a man. The fact that the entire series is written by a man doesn't help matters any. The ...more
Ehwa’s young man, Duksam, leaves her to make his fortune on a fishing vessel – promising to return to her in the spring. Ehwa (seventeen) spends the next months trying to distract herself with her normal chores and activities, but is always waiting, waiting for Duksam. Her mother, similarly, waits for the “picture man,” a traveling artist to whom she has a romantic attachment. Their patience is rewarded in the end. Duksam returns in the winter, unable to bear the separation any longer, and asks ...more
Susan Devy
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
usually I never get into a graphic novel, but the color trilogy has something different, like it showed so many korean tradition that i never knew before. and the thing that I really like most is the relationship of Ehwa and her mother.

Maybe for some of you, a kind of relationship of mother and daughter is nothing special, but I like the way her mother and ehwa when they had conversation, it was like between friends, they just said what they want to say or feel, without having afraid of showing
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series has a shows the life of a daughter and mother’s tales of love and womanhood in the late nineteenth century, Korea. I found this graphic novel touching with its simplistic yet elegant drawings and poetic literature. Ehwa goes from a mere child to an elegant bride. The story of her mother is just as symbolic of love than her daughter. In this book, it is clear that Ehwa’s mother has shown a lot of affection towards her daughter as well as her lover. Although the storyline is a little c ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I saw some negative reviews about this series and I just have to say this is one of the nicest, coming of age story about Women tradition in Korea. Keeping the open mind of what time and where this story is taking place is heart warming and nice, to understand and learn new ways of culture.
I really enjoyed this series and the art, and I would read it again.
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These were stunning. I'm dying to get my hands on a set to treasure forever. I could read this story over and over again. Beautiful relatable delve into love and sex during a young girls life. Perfect ...more
Dec 15, 2010 rated it liked it
*Please note, this is my review for the entire series. If I review each volume separately, I will just say a lot of the same things three times.*

Summary: A girl comes of age in rural Korea. Ehwa, the daughter of a single mother who owns a tavern, learns about all things intimate as she grows from a little girl of seven to a young bride of seventeen. Her mother guides her into the confusing world of becoming a grown woman with love and compassion, all while fending off well-intentioned but lewd c
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice end to the trilogy, although a bit odd in parts.
I hate to say it, but this series ends on such a poor note. In this volume, the author got a little too caught up in his use of language. In the process he completely abandons his storytelling and character development to add more and more and more thoughts on flowers and butterflies.

This volume is all about conclusions and reflections, both about the past and about the future. But the way that the author has gone about it is just unfortunate. Although the beautiful art continues in this volume
Jan 02, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: komik, fiksi, punya, 2011-read
Pada hari seperti ini, bukankah menyenangkan jika hujan tercurah dari langit? Kau dapat menangis sepuasmu di tengah hujan, dan tak seorang pun akan tahu bahwa kau sedang bersedih.

I Will Be Right Here Waiting For You

Oceans apart, day after day
And I slowly go insane
I hear your voice, on the line
But it doesn't stop the pain
If I see you next to never
how can we say forever

Wherever you go, whatever you do
I will be right here, waiting for you
Whatever it takes, or how my heart breaks
I will be right here
Waiting For Your Love

How can I explain
The sorrow and my pain
I believe that you
and I should be
Together once again

Every night I pray
That you'll come back to me
But the tears keep
falling down my face
When you're not around

But now you're gone
Gone away
All I do is wait for you
Each and every day

I'm waiting for your love
I'm wondering where you are
Are you with another guy
Are you showing him your world

I'm waiting for your love
I wanna see your smile
Brighten up my day
Yes I'm waiting for your love
Yes I'm wa
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
What seemed charming in The Color of Earth, like the overly poetic language, seemed overdone and unrealistic in The Color of Heaven. But most of all, there were parts that were downright offensive, that no amount of historical setting could correct. If I sat down with Kim Dong Hwa and told him my concerns, if he defended himself with the setting and difference in time period and culture, I would remind him that even if your setting isn’t modern, your readers are. There are certain things that ar ...more
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Unfortunately, I found this last one of the series to be a little boring. There was no question of what would happen. It just kind of plodded along toward the innevitable ending. There were also some rather graphic illustrations in this one, which I wasn't expecting and didn't seem necessary. Still, I liked the mother-daughter bond that continued strong through all three books.

One last thing. At this point, I am so done with people being compared to flowers or butterflies. These metaphors were e
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I feel so calm & peaceful looking at these pencil drawings. I can stare at them and study them. They are intriguing and also relaxing. The story is engaging and interesting, yet also progresses with a calm rhythm. This is a book I could read again & again. Getting something from it's quiet wisdom, each time.

Update: Finished the series. This series, and especially this book, brought me wisdom and peace. All delivered in poetic words and satisfying, beautiful pencil drawings. The drawings made me
Meaghan Steeves
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After finishing this trilogy I shall sum it up in one word- beautiful. It encompasses the art work, the characters, and the dialogue. I loved the brief glimpse I got into Korea country life from once upon a time, and the near-constant comparisons between people and the natural world (specifically plants and butterflies) really made me think. I was also a huge fan of the way the mother-daughter relationship was portrayed, and found it to be both enrapturing and enchanting. Their closeness and per ...more
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical
This had a loooot of waiting for men and a lot of aphorisms about how the female heart is like a flower or whatever, but I liked it well enough. It managed to convince me that the boyfriend (now fiancé) was actually a decent guy and cared about Ehwa, which was a nice chance from him being so presumptuous last book. The wedding was visually lovely and I'm glad the mother got her happy ending as well. I'd probably rate the books in order of quality as the first one, third one, second one. The art ...more
Ben Truong
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Color of Heaven is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Kim Dong Hwa and translated by Lauren Na. It is the final installment of manhwa artist Kim's moving trilogy chronicling the coming of age of a girl in pastoral Korea, based loosely on his mother's own youth.

As summer comes to a close, the strikingly cinematic opening finds Ehwa bidding a hurried farewell to the handsome wrestler who caught her eye in the previous installment. Her lover heads off to work as a fisherman, and Ehwa re
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have conflicting feelings about this series. On the one hand, the art is gorgeous, with graceful lines and white space, thoughtful paneling, and an elegant, succinct prose in the characters' thoughts and speech. The tender relationship between mother and daughter was detailed, believable, and often moving.
On the other hand, it's an unsettling depiction of a young girl's "blossoming" sexuality, written and illustrated by a man. This young woman is in fact the artist's mother. (I can't even ima
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Parts of this were lovely - especially the last panel where the mother looks out in the rain waiting for her daughter.

Though this last volume is ostensibly about Ehwa’s wedding the theme is more properly that of waiting. Both women waiting for their lovers. Young girls waiting to grow up. And as time progress people age and things change.

Despite the wedding and a few cute scenes the books has a melancholy feeling running through it. Each beginning is accompanied by and ending - in this case the
Susan Arenson
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
My rating stands for all 3 books. This series really lost me when I found out the author was male. Now, I don't know anything really about Korean culture, but three books' worth of two women pining for men and making their entire existence about being with a man was too much, even for a culture where marriage and family is the most important thing. Women, no matter how repressive or diminishing (and I recognize these are loaded words, in order to make my point) the culture might be, think about ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
So for the series overall it may get a 1.5 or 2 star because some parts were okay (mostly in the second book). But it's still not great. Like is this really what a man thinks a mother and daughter talk about? Just men and flowers which are all just sex metaphors. I am not the biggest fan of the Bechdal test as whether something passes or not is not the best determinate for how strong a feminist narative the story is, but it's a good jumping off point. And it definitely fits here. Even when they' ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
This series was amazing and beautiful, I am really not sure what I can say about this final volume that I have not already said about the first two volumes in the story.
If you are considering reading this book, go back and read "The Color of Earth" and "The Color of Water" first (see my reviews for those).
Again, the text, the images, the relationships, it was all beautiful.
I loved how Ehwa spent a tiny portion of this tale, just before her wedding, giving a final goodbye to not just her villa
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I did not hate this trilogy. I enjoyed the art and what they had to say about flowers. But the language was literally flowery all the way through. All this waiting around for some dude to show up, I was certain we were going to find out the picture man was actually married in another town and Erwa’s mom had been a mistress the whole time. Or Erwa would spend a very long time waiting for a guy who wouldn’t show up. Despite the entire mother daughter relationship failing the Bechdel test, I liked ...more
F-V Library
I lived in Korea for a period of time and respect the culture and history of its people even as sometimes I am perplexed by it. That being said, I thought this series beautifully illustrated the mother-daughter relationship as well as a traditional coming of age story line. Unlike other reviews which questioned the ability and motive of a man to produce such a work, I found it telling that he was inspired by conversations with his female relatives, particularly his mother, and that he cared to p ...more
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: loeg-archives
I wound up not enjoying the entire trilogy as much as I enjoyed the first installment. What starts as a poetic, poignant look at a mother and daughter growing up together becomes a little too concerned with two women longing for men to complete them. The flower and butterfly language eventually got tired, and the characters were sometimes difficult to distinguish (Ehwa seems to usually wear virginal white, and her mother darker colors - otherwise, I could not tell them apart). Still, many of the ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I finished the trilogy despite feeling such anger towards it from beginning to end. Ewha's existence continues to be defined by her waiting for her man and the book concludes with a wedding and blissful sex (with all private parts covered or undrawn) with clanging bells and all. No struggle, no learning -- just a fairytale ending. She learns from her mother that she must learn to cook well in order for her husband to love her. Her mother continues to make general statements about women and girls ...more
Jun 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Because the story is not about this generation,what woman valued at that time were different.Ehwa’s mother constantly reminding her how women’s life is all about her beauty,charisma,how she presents herself to her husband,which felt like it portrayed the reality of that time well.But Ehwa and her mother are almost equal despite of being two different generations.Ehwa’s character felt so promising in 1st book,felt like she had so much to give and grow but it made me sad when her character didn’t ...more
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Name (in native language): 김동화

Kim Dong-Hwa is a widely revered Korean comic artist. Since his debut (with My Sky, serialized in the Daily Hanguk, one of the most prestigious Korean newspapers) in 1975, he has become a mainstay of the Korean manhwa (comics) landscape. He is best known for his tender stories and uncanny ability to write from a profoundly feminine perspective.

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