Category Archives: Literati Corner

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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Contemplating Death and Leaving for Pusan – Land, Vol.3, Part 8

Wrapping up volume 3 of story arc one in Kyeongni Park’s monumental literary work, Land (박경리의《토지》) by picking out some highlights , the rest of the novel picks up with the first chapter, “Dispute.” Seohui and Bongsun are sitting by … Continue reading

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A Cholera Epidemic Wipes Out the Village – Land, Vol.3, Part 7

For volume 3 of story arc one in Kyeongni Park’s monumental literary work, Land (박경리의《토지》) , I’m going to consolidate my original three post plan into just two. The volume is small anyway, like the others have been, so that … Continue reading

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Detection and the Root of the Crime – Land, Vol.2, Part 6

Today we will finish up volume two of the first story arc of Kyeongni Park’s monumental novel Land (박경리의《토지》). The story kicks off in the next chapter with Wife Yoon and more details on how her son Choi Chisu was … Continue reading

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At the Crossroads of Life and Death – Land, Vol.2, Part 5

The section and chapter titles of the second volume of Kyeongni Park’s Land (박경리의《토지》) are pretty provocative, and it seems we’re in for quite a dramatic twist to the plot at this point in the series. The brief, three chapter … Continue reading

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Sweeping Reforms Hit Korea at the End of Ninteenth Century – Land, Vol. 2, Part 4

As we start the second volume of Kyeongni Park’s Land (박경리의《토지》), the first story arc, I want to go back to the appendices again and take a look at appendix two where they have the family trees and try to … Continue reading

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The Servant Who Once Painted Buddhist Images – Land, Vol.1, Part 3

This year’s literati corner book is the first story arc of Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》), and this is the last post for my winter installment. We’ll pick up with volume 2 in the summer. The story shifts in chapter … Continue reading

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A Henpecked Husband Meets An Old Flame On Market Day – Land, Vol.1, Part 2

Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》) kicks off in volume 1 with part 1, which is titled “Footsteps in Darkness.” The first chapter begins with a description of Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving, which is on Hangawi, or August 15, in 1897. Children … Continue reading

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The Cast of Main Characters Takes the Stage For An Epic Korean Novel – Land, Vol.1, Part 1

  This year’s literati corner book is Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》). The novel covers three generations of a family going through the modernization of Korea, and it was originally serialized in a literary magazine starting in 1969 and continued … Continue reading

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False and True Form Combine When the Jade Hare is Captured – Journey to the West, Part 6

We’ve finally reached the final volume of Journey to the West in our series for the year, and it covers chapters 84 through 100.  The first line is rather fun, given how prevalent the idea that Sanzang the monk is … Continue reading

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