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The Wings of a Butterfly Draw A Noblewoman into a Sinister Plague – The Joseon Zombie Annals, Part 1

My interim selection for 2018 is the Korean language webcomic, “The Joseon Zombie Annals” by Gonma, which you can read here: http://comic.naver.com/webtoon/detail.nhn?titleId=509094&no=226&weekday=fri Right now it’s up to chapter 272, and you have to page back all the way to 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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The End of the War and Flight to Safety – Year of Impossible Goodbyes, Part 2

This time I’m going to finish the young adult Korean novel The Year of Impossible Goodbyes by Sukryeol Choi (최 숙렬의 “떠나보낼 수 없는 세월”).  Chapter 4 picks up with Officer Narita harassing the women and the author’s mother at … Continue reading

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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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