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The Vegetarian by Han Kang
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bookshelves: 2016-ny-times-best-of

The first half was stronger than the second. The men in this story act upon women, disregard women's words, think only of what role women serve in men's lives, even when they think they're acting in the woman's best interest. This shows up in Yeong-hye as metaphor and "madness" (in quotation marks because is she really mad? Is it madness to develop coping mechanisms?). I suspect this is Jungian, but I don't know enough about Jung to be certain.

Mostly I loved this book. The imagery rang true to me (read into that what you will), as did the way that the men continued to act upon Yeong-hye that disregarded her personhood even when they think they're helping her. In the end, though, the author seems to be suggesting that the men in her life drove her insane, which feels very reductive to me.

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Reading Progress

December 1, 2016 – Shelved
December 1, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read-added-2016
December 1, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-ny-times-best-of
September 19, 2018 – Started Reading
September 20, 2018 – Finished Reading

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