Category Archives: Korea

Tangled Relations and Secret Parentage Revealed! – Queen Seondeok, Vol. 2 – Part 3

Continuing with the last part of volume 2 from Eunkyeong Ryu’s series Queen Seondeok (류은경의 “선덕여왕”), I’m going to skip chapter 6, “A Blossoming Flower on the Battlefield,” since it mostly has to do with Deokman and Kim Yusin’s Hwarang … Continue reading

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Kim Yushin’s Special Hwarang Squad – Queen Seondeok, Vol. 2 – Part 2

Continuing with more of volume 2 from Eunkyeong Ryu’s series Queen Seondeok (류은경의 “선덕여왕”), we pick up the action with chapter 3, “Yonghwa Hyangdo: Kim Yushin’s Hwarang Squad.” In the first scene, we see Kim Yusin with his Hwarang squad … Continue reading

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Slaughter at Yeoraesa Temple and the Search for Munno – Queen Seondeok, Vol. 2 – Part 1

We’re kicking off 2020 by returning to last year’s Korean selection, Eunkyeong Ryu’s Queen Seondeok (류은경의 “선덕여왕”), which is a novelized version of the Korean TV show by the same name. This story comes in a three volume set, and … Continue reading

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An Ominous Murder Attempt – Land, Vol.6, Part 6

I’m going to quickly finish up this volume of the second story arc of Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》) this time. The rest of part 5 has 10 more chapters to review, which is the end of the story arc. … Continue reading

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Plans to Leave Home, Plans to Return Home – Land, Vol.6, Part 5

Our final scheduled selection for 2019 is the last volume of the second story arc of Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》), and it begins in the last few chapters of part 4, “Yongjingcun and Seoul.” Yongjingcun was a city in … Continue reading

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Insulting a Monk and Searching for a Gisaeng – Land, Vol.5, Part 4

I’m going to quickly finish up this volume of the second story arc of Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》) this post so I can stay on schedule. Generally, I really like this second story arc better than the first since … Continue reading

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The Mendicant Priest With the Gong and the False Heir – Land, Vol.5, Part 3

Next, we turn to the second story arc of Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》), and volume 5 consists of three parts. The first part is the final chapter of Part 2 “Love and Hate” from volume 4, which covers “Seohui’s … Continue reading

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The Death of a Little Bird – Land, Vol.4, Part 2

This will be a quick interim post continuing to look at Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》). We’re in the second story arc, picking up the narrative with chapter six, “Jeongho’s Question.” This chapter follows some new characters, but it’s really … Continue reading

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Conflagration and New Construction – Land, Vol.4, Part 1

This year’s literati corner book is the next story arc covered in three slim volumes from Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》).  The novel covers three generations of the Choi family experiencing the modernization of Korea. It was originally serialized in … Continue reading

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Fate, A Cruel Bridle – Queen Seondeok, Vol. 1 – Part 3

Finishing up volume 3 of the first book of Eunkyeong Ryu’s Queen Seondeok (류은경의 “선덕여왕”), we pick up with chapter 5 “Deokman, Child of the Desert.” The scene is set in the Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin out in … Continue reading

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