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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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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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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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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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Dishcloth Enchantment – Suspicious Maids, Part 4

This time I’m going to wrap up our current series on Suspicious Maids by Jingyu Park (박진규의”수상한 식모들” ), but instead of doing the usual rundown of the plot, I will just select some details and images to highlight. It’s … Continue reading

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The Rodent Creature in the Test Tube – Suspicious Maids, Part 3

As we continue our look at Suspicious Maids, by Jingyu Park (박진규의”수상한 식모들” ), it’s becoming clearer that the story is very fragmented and doesn’t seem to have at this point any overarching storyline. It seems to flow from Kyeongho’s … Continue reading

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Bullies and a Fake Homepage – Suspicious Maids, Part 2

As we continue the novel we’re working on for this series, Suspicious Maids, by Jingyu Park (박진규의”수상한 식모들” ), I’m finding myself rather confused and wondering if we have wildly unreliable first person narrator. There were already signs even in … Continue reading

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Mice Are Nibbling On My Dream – Suspicious Maids, Part 1

Today we’re going to start our look at a really intriguing South Korean novel, Suspicious Maids, by Jingyu Park (박진규의”수상한 식모들” ). This 2005 novel is about 330 pages long with 28 chapters, and it has a rather surreal feel, … Continue reading

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Mei Chen’s Tragedy – Frog, Part 4

The drama continues to build as we finish up Frog by Mo Yan (莫言的”蛙”) this time. Part 3 has eight subchapters and focuses mainly on two entwined storylines, one following Wanxin’s fanatical pursuit of women hiding with illegal pregnancies, and … Continue reading

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Clay Dolls and Forced Abortions – Frog, Part 3

Part 1 of the novel we’re currently looking at, Frog by Mo Yan (莫言的”蛙”), ends on a particularly dramatic note that we’ve already seen building in the second to last subchapter where men were forced into sterilizations. This final subchapter … Continue reading

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