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House of the Winds
by Mia Yun
by Mia Yun
Nov 29, 2009
Read in November, 2009
Mia Yun has writing skills that sometimes stumble and sometimes zip the reader along, showing them the life of a young girl growing up in post-war Korea. The culture and practices that make Korea distinct are all there, as are pungent descriptions of the people, the homes, the flora - especially the home gardens.I found that as Yun reached for distinctive imagery, she often came up with clangers that stopped me in my tracks. I appreciate her not wanting to use the easy phrases, and perhaps the words she used were a product of her first language, but still she seemed to show a tendency toward self-indulgence as she describes the world that her protaganist sees. Nevertheless, Yun shows a lot of talent and story-telling ability. This is her first novel, and perhaps her next one will be a bit smoother.
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