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Good intro to Korean literature, and strong start, but tails off
on 18 May 2014
I've never read anything from Korea before, and it was a pleasure to be introduced to literature from this country through Jung-myung's book. Weaving Korean poetry into a tale about the horrors of life under Japanese occupation, the author and translator nevertheless wrote in a clear, accessible way that meant the tale was easy to follow and enjoy.
I did feel, though, that after about half way the book didn't really go anywhere. It starts as an investigation into the death of a guard, but morphs into more of a study of Korean poetry. This is by no means bad, but the storyline seemed to suffer as the author spent more and more time discussing the effects of poetry and how prisoners wrote poetry under occupation.
An ok read, then, but after a strong start I must admit I lost interest towards the end.