Book Reviews

Book Review: THE VEGETARIAN

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    • THE VEGETARIAN
    • Author: Han Kang
    • Published: 2nd February 2016
    • Read: February 26, 2017
    • Source: Kindle Edition
    • Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy. In a complete metamorphosis of both mind and body, her now dangerous endeavor will take Yeong-hye—impossibly, ecstatically, tragically—far from her once-known self altogether.

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Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetThis is one of the most unexpected plot twist I ever read. I did not read the synopsis but still I did not expect it to be this weird and amazing. This is the kind of book that really makes you wonder what the hell is happening to the main character, and the main character doesn’t even have her own perspective in the book. Yet, the organization and flow of the whole thing is very impressive.

I would totally recommend this book for people who want to read something different from their usual genre which is YA or sci-fi. This book tackles real world events and problems. It is so hard to explain because I don’t want to spoil anything but I’ll just point out that this is another book that explored mental issues and family values.

This is such a short read. It has an air of mystery in it, and there were parts that I got confused because this book was set in South Korea and of course some of their culture reflects the part where family is involved. The book has three parts, each are perspective of three different people who are connected to the main character. It’s a fresh way to know the protagonist because the reader would just know the person or the main character through the eyes of these people.

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