Tag Archives: Korean History

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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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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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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A Yangban Scoundrel Meets a Beautiful Catechist – Martyr’s Country, Part 6

We’re starting volume 3 of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의 ”순교자의 나라”)  this time, and we have a new fictional character that becomes the center of the action right away.   The year is 1839 now, the gihae year of the … Continue reading

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Spring Schedule of Author Appearances

As spring kicks into high gear, I will be speaking and appearing at a few upcoming events around town. First up, on May 24th at 7PM, I will be giving my presentation “‘Godzilla, Monster Movies, and Toho Studios” at the … Continue reading

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The Raging Wind Sparks a Fire – Martyr’s Country, Part 2

For post 2, I’m continuing my look at volume 1 of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의 “순교자의 나라”).  The story picks up with Yeongin and Kapnyeong returning to Kang Wansuk’s house to visit  Jeong Yakjong.  Kapnyeong is grateful to meet … Continue reading

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A Scandal Arises When a Wayward Slave Seduces a Young Widow – Martyr’s Country, Part 1

For this year’s first foreign language selection, I have decided on Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의”순교자의 나라”), which is a four volume historical epic from 2007, probably about a thousand pages total.  We’ll see how far I can get through … Continue reading

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