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The Color of Earth by Kim Dong Hwa
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Mar 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, class, seattle

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which was my first graphic novel. The illustrations were beautiful; the backgrounds and landscapes were created in an older, softer style of artwork, while the people were typically drawn in a sharper, more modern pen and ink style.

The book tells the story of Ehwa, a young Korean girl, and her coming of age. It is a bit sexually explicit at times, which I found a bit startling (and humorous) when I started reading the book. There are two love stories, one between Ehwa's mother and a traveling salesman who visits them, and Ehwa's complicated young love. I would have liked to see more relationship development between the mother and the "picture man," though her longing for him was incredibly well depicted, and I appreciated that she was living outside normal cultural boundaries by seeing him. Ehwa’s love story, in contrast, seems to be just beginning, and I look forward to reading the next two books and seeing how the characters develop.

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