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Memories of Grandfather and the Garden Pine Tree – Year of Impossible Goodbyes, Part 1

The next book I’m going to look at is The Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sukryeol Choi (최 숙렬의 떠나보낼 수 없는 세월), which I believe has also been translated into English under that title.  The literal translation would be … Continue reading

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The Search for Hidden Heretics in the Joseon Royal Court – Martyr’s Country, Part 8

I am covering more of volume 3 from the 4 volume series of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의 ”순교자의 나라”)  this time, and this will be the last installment of the series after all.   Chapter 3 continues with Inspector Kyechang … Continue reading

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The Police Bureau Officer and the Buddhist Mourners – Martyr’s Country, Part 7

This post I’m reading more of volume 3 of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의 ”순교자의 나라”)  and continuing to add some extra information from the manga that covers the life of Jeong Hasang among other figures. Chapter 4 of part … Continue reading

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Jack London and Chenzhen’s Wolf Experiment – Wolf Totem, Part 4

This post will finish off our current series on Rong Jiang’s bestselling novel Wolf Totem (姜戎的”狼图腾”).  In chapter 16 after the spring rain, the men are delivering lambs near the mountain slope at one of the camps.  The air is … Continue reading

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The Wolf War and Missteps in Capturing a Wolf Pup – Wolf Totem, Part 3

Continuing our reading of Rong Jiang’s bestselling novel Wolf Totem (姜戎的”狼图腾”), the story picks up with Chenzhen’s quest to capture a wolf pup to raise.  In chapter 9, Chenzhen goes with Yangke to Black Rock Mountain along with a couple … Continue reading

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Sky Burial and Flying Wolves That Eat the Dead – Wolf Totem, Part 2

Continuing with our current series on Rong Jiang’s bestselling novel Wolf Totem (姜戎的”狼图腾”), we pick up the quiet storyline again in chapter 4 with Chenzhen learning some of the lore of the wolves on the Mongolian plains from the hunters … Continue reading

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The View from a Snowy Cave in Mongolia – Wolf Totem, Part 1

We’re going to start out look at Rong Jiang’s bestselling novel Wolf Totem (姜戎的”狼图腾”), which has been rather controversial; Mongolian representatives came out later and said his portrayal of their customs and beliefs wasn’t accurate. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/culture/2015-03/11/content_19775945.htm But the book has … Continue reading

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Battle at the Southern Outpost – Dragon War in the Wilderness, Part 5

This time I will wrap up our series on Yi Huang’s Dragon War in the Wilderness (黃易的“龍戰在野”) by reviewing a short portion of volume 2.  Our story arc with the Turkish army appearing at the southern outpost in the Tianshan … Continue reading

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The Southern Outpost at Tianshan – Dragon War in the Wilderness, Part 4

This time I will finish volume 1 of Yi Huang’s Dragon War in the Wilderness (黃易的“龍戰在野”).  We pick up where we left off with Longying fighting Can Shichan’s men in a snowy forest.  Longying nearly wipes out the whole group … Continue reading

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Defense and Attack of the Maiden Oasis – Dragon War in the Wilderness, Part 3

  This time we continue reading volume 1 of Yi Huang’s Dragon War in the Wilderness (黃易的“龍戰在野”) .  We pick up the action in chapter 6 when Longying and two hundred of his men ride camels out to the Maiden … Continue reading

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