Tag Archives: Modern Korean Literature

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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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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The Cruel End of the Sinyu Persecution and a Quiet Interlude – Martyr’s Country, Part 5

In this post, I promise I’m going to finish up volume 2 of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의 ”순교자의 나라”) for real this time.  I keep saying that and then find it really interesting and dramatic, and it takes me … Continue reading

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Waiting for the New Age: The Wave of Bloody Executions Begins – Martyr’s Country, Part 4

In this post, I’m continuing to look at volume 2 of Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의”순교자의 나라”).  In part 1 chapter 6, the story continues with Kang Wansuk being taken to jail.  Hong Pilju is there to see her, and … Continue reading

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A Silk Letter Written in Blood – Martyr’s Country, Part 3

Moving from volume 1 to volume 2 Dowon Park’s Martyr’s Country (박도원의”순교자의 나라”), chapter 2 of part 3 in volume 1 kicks off with a few shady characters among the gamblers at a gambling house.  One is Yi Anjeong, a … 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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This Is What Happens When Your Family Adopts a Wolf – Wolf Boy, Part 2

This time we should be able to finish up Miri Kim’s 2012 novel Wolf Boy (김미리의”늑대소년”).  In the next chapter, the story turns to the officer manning the town police box, Kyeongjang Oh.  He receives the police report from Mr. … Continue reading

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Memories Visiting an Old House Near Baegunsan Mountain – Wolf Boy, Part 1

Our next book is Miri Kim’s 2012 novel Wolf Boy (김미리의”늑대소년”), which was also made into a movie sometimes billed as “Werewolf Boy.”  It’s a short novel aimed at teens with some sketches in it, so we won’t spend very … Continue reading

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