Tag Archives: Modern Korean Literature

Conflagration and New Construction – Land, Vol.4, Part 1

This year’s literati corner book is the next story arc covered in three slim volumes from Kyeongni Park’s Land series (박경리의《토지》).  The novel covers three generations of the Choi family experiencing the modernization of Korea. It was originally serialized in … Continue reading

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Fate, A Cruel Bridle – Queen Seondeok, Vol. 1 – Part 3

Finishing up volume 3 of the first book of Eunkyeong Ryu’s Queen Seondeok (류은경의 “선덕여왕”), we pick up with chapter 5 “Deokman, Child of the Desert.” The scene is set in the Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin out in … Continue reading

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The Birth of Twin Princesses and Flight Into Danger – Queen Seondeok, Vol. 1 – Part 2

This post we will continue our look at the first book of Eunkyeong Ryu’s Queen Seondeok (류은경의 “선덕여왕”), which is a novelized version of the Korean TV show by the same name. Chapter 2 continues with a focus on Mishil … Continue reading

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A Cry in the Night With a Quick Linguistic Lesson – Queen Seondeok, Vol. 1 – Part 1

This year, I’m rearranging our reading schedule back to the old order I usually do them in, so I’m starting with my short-term Korean selection, Eunkyeong Ryu’s Queen Seondeok (류은경의 “선덕여왕”), which is a novelized version of the Korean TV … Continue reading

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Contemplating Death and Leaving for Pusan – Land, Vol.3, Part 8

Wrapping up volume 3 of story arc one in Kyeongni Park’s monumental literary work, Land (박경리의《토지》) by picking out some highlights , the rest of the novel picks up with the first chapter, “Dispute.” Seohui and Bongsun are sitting by … Continue reading

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A Cholera Epidemic Wipes Out the Village – Land, Vol.3, Part 7

For volume 3 of story arc one in Kyeongni Park’s monumental literary work, Land (박경리의《토지》) , I’m going to consolidate my original three post plan into just two. The volume is small anyway, like the others have been, so that … Continue reading

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Rescuing Soonshin On the Dangerous Road to North Port – The Joseon Zombie Annals, Part 4

Returning to our intermission selection, The Joseon Zombie Annals webcomic by Gonma (조선좀비실록- 곤마), in chapter 31, the scene continues between khuntosang and Kaneseki. Here is where the story picks up. https://comic.naver.com/webtoon/detail.nhn?titleId=509094&no=31 Kaneseki has been beating a tied up and … Continue reading

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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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At the Crossroads of Life and Death – Land, Vol.2, Part 5

The section and chapter titles of the second volume of Kyeongni Park’s Land (박경리의《토지》) are pretty provocative, and it seems we’re in for quite a dramatic twist to the plot at this point in the series. The brief, three chapter … 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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