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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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Even the Vegetable Spirits Had Taken Him Along For a Night of Elegant Conversation – Journey to the West, Part 4

In this post, I will cover volume 4 out of 6 of Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West in my bilingual Chinese-English edition, which includes chapters 51 through 67, translated by W.J.F. Jenner.  Before I get back to the story, … Continue reading

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Pure Yields to Foul and Foul to Pure as Fate’s Wheel Turns – Journey to the West, Part 3

In this post I will cover volume 3 of Wu Cheng’en’s Journey to the West in my edition, which includes chapters 34 through 50.  The story arc where we left off in volume 2 with Monkey stuck under a mountain … Continue reading

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After Several Lives in the Sea of Suffering She Had Purified the Waves – Journey to the West, Part 2

Now that I am finished working on my Korean textbook, I can catch up on the Literati corner as well.  This post will cover volume 2 of Journey to the West in my edition, which includes chapters 16 through 33.  … Continue reading

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Under the Influence of the Cinnamon Moon Flower – Mujŏng (The Heartless), Part 2

As we continue our look at the Korean novella Mujŏng by Kwang-su Yi, we flash back to Yŏng-ch’ae’s painful situation after selling herself at age 13 to become a kisaeng (Korean geisha).  This part is very ugly and brutal, and … Continue reading

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A Kisaeng from P’yŏngyang Disrupts a School – Mujŏng (The Heartless), Part 1

For my final series of 2016, I want to cover another East Asian classic, this time Korea’s Mujŏng (The Heartless), a novella written by Kwang-su Yi. Mujŏng was serialized in 1917, and it runs about 270 pages. You can purchase … Continue reading

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