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The Vegetarian by Han Kang
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Jan 07, 2017

really liked it
bookshelves: bookclub, ebook, fiction

This was weird and engrossing. The main character, Yeong-hye, stops eating meat after having a dream, a fact that her family cannot understand or reconcile themselves to. This is in part because she withdraws from them, and in part because she slowly stops eating entirely (and, in part, because they just don't get it). Many passages in this novel are hard to read, and the characters are sometimes brutal. Told from three perspectives - her husband, brother in law, and older sister - we see all the ways in which everyone else wants to control Yeong-hye, and her vegetarianism (which turns into something else) is the one way she can take charge of her life.

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Reading Progress

January 7, 2017 – Started Reading
January 7, 2017 – Shelved
January 7, 2017 – Shelved as: bookclub
January 7, 2017 – Shelved as: ebook
January 7, 2017 – Shelved as: fiction
January 8, 2017 – Finished Reading

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Anne Thanks, Alison. I appreciate how constant you are in posting reviews.

Alison Every so often they're even review-y!

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