Tengo el alma fría, fría. No entiendo donde ve la gente lo perturbante de este libro. Estoy al 75% de que acabe y sigue sin sorprenderme. Eso sí, la manera de escribir de Han Kang es tan fluida que pasas las hojas rápidamente.
Yeong Hye, tras una pesadilla, algo gore, radicalmente decide dejar de comer carne. Y este simple acto, de una mujer que no esperan nada sino lo básico, causa revuelo en su familia. Y no, este libro no es sobre vegetarismo. Va más allá de eso. En palabras Han Kang (escritora) "Me enfoqué en la sensibilidad de la protagonista y todo lo que a ella le aberraba del ser humano". El libro se divide en tres partes. Cada una narrada desde una perspectiva diferente gracias a tres protagonistas: el esposo, el cuñado y la hermana. Así vamos conociendo la "deconstrucción" de Yeong Hye. Aquí entra el "lo que tú dices de mi, habla más de ti que de mi" (estos personajes son para echarles agua bendita) 😵
THE VEGETARIAN es una novela diferente, visceral e inquietante que te saca de cuadro. Está fuera de todo Canon occidental. Partiendo de que es una novela Surcorena. Es la clase de libro que por más que te resulte desagradable e incómodo de leer lo vas a seguir haciendo hasta el final porque está escrito de la ptm 😭
Es muy Bartleby, muy... "preferiría no hacerlo". .
📮Pedidos por DM. 🚀 Envíos a nivel nacional e intergaláctico.
Denle una compartida. 😊
Happy #Bookmail Monday! So excited for all the books I've been receiving for the last couple of days. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Just bought these gems by @faberbooks , a beautiful collection of short stories by some of the most acclaimed writers like late, P.D. James, Sylvia Plath, Sally Rooney, Kazuo Ishiguro and more. I usually tend to pick up novellas and short stories after a 'heavy' read (yes, #bookhangoversarereal ), it kinda tempers me down for the next big read. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
QotD : What are your favourite short-stories or novellas? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Also, I finished reading The Vegetarian by Han Kang and I can't stop recommending it to everyone. Started this book without expecting much and got my soul stirred by the end of it. I'll be posting a review soon.
12 6318 March, 2019
: the vegetarian by han kang; translated by deborah smith
this was so strange in a good way and i couldn’t put it down. despite three points of view, none of them were from the main character—unusual, but quite effective imo. my only real gripe is the pace came to a screeching halt at part 3. (sidenote: props to the translator; she did a beautiful job)
“Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.” – David Quammen
When I shared this over ambitious #tbr stack for #femmemarchfest , I knew I am not going to stick to it! So far, I have read 5 books in March and only 1, #thevegetarian was from this stack. I am aiming to read 10 books in March and I am half way there.😊 Let's see how second half of this month goes! . #QOTD How is your March reading going on for #femmemarchfest ?
I’ve been spending a lot of time unpacking, organizing, traveling, cleaning, and working😩 these past couple of weeks (moving is HARD), but it will be so worth it once we are finally settled into our new house (which has a garden the back yard, with a raised bed- I’m SO EXCITED). Since I haven’t had a ton of time, and haven’t been able to unpack all of our books yet, a lot of my recent reads have been either cookbooks (checked out from the library) or ebooks 😂. I just finished The Vegetarian by Han Kang, and am currently reading Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir. I’ve been really enjoying taking a break from my more scientific reads lately and just picking up whatever looks interesting in the moment. But also, I am loving checking out cookbooks when I just want some inspiration 🥰
It's hard to describe the feeling that you get from reading Han Kang's " The Vegetarian" as anything other than uncomfortable and deeply unsettling.
As you read about the three characters- the vegetarian, the artist and the worn out mother, you begin to realize what Arundhuti Roy meant when she wrote the phrase "the perils of being reasonable".
It's hard not to see how much rationality and social structure cost us when you're reading about the vegetarian- who is a victim of patriarchal society unable to escape from the manifestation of her own childhood abuse ; about the artist- who previously made art with the tragedies of our failing socio-political institutions realize how cruelly these flaws can affect an individual and about the worn out individual- who failed to live her own life while being a daughter, a wife, a mother and a sister.
It's true that society and rationality give us a lot, making us who we are.But how much does being so far away from our natural free state cost us? And in a world without imagination and freedom "Why is dying such a bad thing?".
0 2514 March, 2019
Currently reading The Vegetarian by Han Kang. Man o man. That creepy vibe got me reading faster and loving it! Buddy reading with my sister @yarnhoarder. I hope she loves it too!
“What are you talking about? Do you really think you’ve turned into a tree? How could a plant talk? How can you think these things?”
Yeong-hye’s eyes shone. A mysterious smile played on her face.
“You’re right. Soon now, words and thoughts will all disappear. Soon.” Yeong-hye burst into laughter, then sighed. “Very soon. Just a little bit longer to wait, sister.”
~ Han Kang, 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔙𝔢𝔤𝔢𝔱𝔞𝔯𝔦𝔞𝔫
The Vegetarian taught me a lot of things- about the unpredictability of human nature irrespective of how long you’ve known someone or how close you believe they are to you; about the importance of mental health. In-hye taught me to be understanding, even if you are unable to forgive someone for their actions. Her love and devotion towards her family even in the most difficult circumstances, is something that I truly admire.
I honestly cannot get over this book.
0 3211 March, 2019
* The Vegetarian * •By Han Kang• Split into 3 sections for 3 different people’s prospectives, the Vegetarian follows the story of a woman in South Korea who decides to become a vegetarian. The first part is from her husband’s perspective. He first sees this change in his wife and pretty soon he becomes embarrassed of her. She walks around naked and doesn’t wear a bra to a meal with his coworkers. Eventually he decides to leave her as he thinks that she has gone crazy. Then the perspective shifts to the woman’s brother in law. He is an artist who makes adult films and has a vision of two people painted in flowers making love. By this point the Vegetarian in question is severely underweight and ended up in hospital as she cut herself when her dad tried to force her to eat meat. The brother in law manages to convince her to have sex with a friend, and then later him. His wife finds out. The final portion of the book is now from the sister’s perspective. She divorces her husband and takes her sister to a hospital. Now severely underweight, she also believe that she doesn’t need to eat food and that she needs to become a plant. In the end she starts to throw up blood as she is so malnourished and is taken to a hospital. This is where the book ends. I would recommend reading the Vegetarian but I am going to say that it might be best to avoid it if you won’t be able to cope regarding the topics of abuse, self harm, eating disorders, etc. It’s interesting how the book isn’t ever from the woman’s perspective, apart from a few dreams she has, and it shows how other people think of her. It is slightly dark and Id recommend reading something lighter after as well. I also suggest doing a little research regarding society in South Korea as things will make more sense. #books#book#read#reading#hankang#bookstagrammer#southkorea#thevegetarian#novel#bookstagram#vegetarian#vegan#animals#plants
2 2610 March, 2019
Welcome to the next round of #writingwomenweek ! ✍🏽
Today's writer is Han Kang, another one of my favorite female authors! To be honest, you could just read any of her books because they are all amazing! "The Vegetarian" is the first book that was translated into English (and German as well), it won the Man Booker International Prize 2016. It tells the story of Yeong-hye, a young woman trapped in a trivial marriage, but after having dreadful nightmares she suddenly stops eating meat. With this she doesn't only break the conventions of being a docile and unobstrusive wife/member of society in South Korea, rebelling against the patriarchal structure, but also drifts more and more away from reality, revealing a madness caused by outer circumstances and an immense longing for self-determination which seems to be impossible to obtain. The disturbing yet very aesthetic nightmares meet secret desires and kafkaesque descriptions and leave the reader with many impressions and topics to think about as well as a lot of room for interpretations. It's a short but gripping read and certainly not for everybody, but you should definitely give this authoresses a try because she's extremely talented! 🖤
Whewwwwwww this book was a lot. It’s pretty short—I read it during a recent day trip to Chicago, where I spent a lot of time on planes and in the airport. Kind of felt a bit self-conscious at times reading it in public, worried that someone would peek over my shoulder and go like this: 👀👀👀 Reviewers describe it as a “Kafkaesque” fable. It’s about a woman who has a horrific dream and decides to become a vegetarian, and how that choice devolves into chaos. But... this book isn’t actually about vegetarianism. It made me think a lot about bodily autonomy, passivity and passive resistance, consent, and death. 🙃 As a heads up, it includes scenes of rape, violence, self harm, disordered eating, and fairly... absurdist?? yet graphic sex scenes. And some imagery is a little grotesque. Not for everyone, but if this description hasn’t turned you off so far, maybe it’s for you!
12 5210 March, 2019
📚 31 - The Vegetarian (Han Kang) 5/5 “She was no longer able to cope with all that her sister reminded her of. She'd been unable to forgive her for soaring alone over a boundary she herself could never bring herself to cross, unable to forgive that magnificent irresponsibility that had enabled Yeong-hye to shuck off social constraints and leave her behind, still a prisoner. And before Yeong-hye had broken those bars, she'd never even known they were there.” ˜
The Vegetarian is a very powerful and visceral novel about a woman's decision (and fight) to take control of her life by becoming vegan and the unrelenting and violent backlash (rape, force-feeding, forced medical confinement) that results from such decision. The crushing societal and filial pressure experienced by the MC might be interpreted and glossed over as fable-like, but those coming from asian families will beg to differ - the pressure and (sometimes the abuse in case of non-compliance) is all too real and relentless. Trigger warning: rape, forced confinement, child abuse, animal abuse.
I’m not quite sure what to do with Han Kang’s “The Vegetarian.” I read it in a bit of a daze — I can say that the writing is excellent, but I’m not entirely convinced of what Kang is trying to do.
I found the narrative decision to frame the novel through the voices of Yeong-hye’s husband, brother in law, and her sister to be incredibly effective. The narrative frames amplified the sense of “otherness” that at times totally defined Yeong-hye. Kang brilliantly crafts each narrative voice and presents a terrifying portrait of a woman coming unmoored from social expectations.
I thought the book did an excellent job portraying how people react toward someone who refuses to comply with social norms. However, I often struggle with narratives that ask me to project meaning onto a character who is clearly mentally ill. Yeong-hye’s story is one of extreme mental illness and ultimately society’s inability to treat it. I am hesitant to go down the road of trying to speculate what the nature of her illness represents. Mental illness is only ever representative of being mentally ill. I’m not sure that I am prepared to go further than that.
In the end, I don’t know that I am capable of reviewing this book in any meaningful well. The writing is excellent, and I will recommend it as a book that will challenge you. Final score: ❓❓❓❓❓
Book 62 #hankang#thevegetarian
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.
3 • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ • The Vegetarian was weird, frightening, and full of questions we don’t ask ourselves. The story is very compelling, but it definitely feels like falling down the rabbit hole, so if you don’t like Kafka or books like ‘My Year Of Rest and Relaxation’, this might not be for you. But I found it challenging and heartbreaking and I finished it in a day.
On a side note, I know there was some controversy regarding the English translation. Some people said that the translator took some liberties with the prose, and that it changed certain aspects of the story. But what I loved about this translation was that I didn’t notice it was a translation. It didn’t feel disjointed and the language flowed well. Sometimes, translators don’t find the ways to translate certain things and the prose feels awkward and hard to get through. This flowed well and was beautifully written, I thought.
If you’ve read this, I’d love to know your thoughts! If you haven’t read this one, you might want to give it a try! It’s definitely dark, but I found it rewarding.
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52 74610 January, 2019
"Life is such a strange thing, she thinks, once she has stopped laughing. Even after certain things have happened to them, no matter how awful the experience, peoples still go on eating and drinking, doing to the toilet and washing themselves - living, in other words. And sometimes they even laugh out loud. And they probably have these thoughts, too, and when they do it must take them cheerlessly recall all the sadness they'd briefly managed to forget." / #TheVegetarian#HanKang
I honestly don't know what to say or how to describe my feelings about this book. 😅 It is beautifuly disturbing. Is that even possible? Well, yes! You might end up lost after reading this book (which what I am right now) but I don't feel any regrets. Instead, I am happy that I have read this book. This is a very thought-provoking read and Han Kang's writing is undeniably brilliant. I still need some time to write my review. For now, i'm giving it a 4-star rating. ☺
Stay with the one who loves books as much as you do. 🍃
21 76113 April, 2018
Where do you find the books you plan on reading? I’ve been asked this question a lot, since starting Bookstagram. A few years ago, I created my system for finding books and authors, so I figured I’d share the process for anyone interested. Also, the question was a legitimate question, too. Lol I do want to know where you find out about your books.
The easiest way for me to find another author is to pick up a book I love, and read the blurbs. Take, for instance, The Air You Breathe by Frances De Pontes Peeples. When you look at the blurbs, you’ll see names like Alexander Chee, Anton Disclafani, and Rebecca Makkai. I knew who they were beforehand, but if I didn’t, that would’ve been such a fun discovery! It made me want to see what the other authors were I hadn’t heard of. Also, if Lauren Groff blurbs anything, ill read it in a heartbeat.
Kirkus reviews. They’re not always accurate, but I’ve never read a star reviewed book from Kirkus I didn’t like. 🌸
The Millions most anticipated. The Millions is all about books, but my favorite posts they make are the ones discussing all of the anticipated releases throughout the year. I heavily research each title—not the plots, I don’t like knowing anything about a book before I begin—but about the reception, and who blurbed it. If they’ve gotten pretty good reception or are blurbed by an author I trust, I’ll add it to my TBR.
My local indie bookstore. I always head over to @bookshelftville and talk to my friend and the owner of the shop, just to see what she’s reading. Her taste is similar to mine, but she reads a lot of books I miss, which is great when it comes to looking for more books to add to my TBR.
Those are my main ways of finding books! Hopefully some of that is helpful to anyone who wants to find books in other places besides Bookstagram. Can’t wait to hear where you guys get your recommendations!
45 7703 January, 2019
"Her life was no more than a ghostly pageant of exhausted endurance, no more real than a television drama. Death, who now stood by her side, was as familiar to her as a family member, missing for a long time but now returned."
- Han Kang, The Vegetarian.
One of the most memorable books I've read this year. Read it in June but keep going back to it.
Though the main character is Yeong-hye and the synopsis on the back cover says that it's a story about "one woman's struggle to break free from the violence both outside and within her", it's actually a story about several people, their struggle with depression and the different ways in which they cope with it. Some manage to hold on to the thread of their life, others let go of it completely, with strange and devastating consequences.
It's a bizarre, nightmare-inducing read but it talks about mental health issues with deep understanding and sometimes almost with gentleness. The effect of that contrast is striking.
Tell me, have you read it? What did you think?
38 9388 September, 2017
#coffeetime & #thevegetarian .
Probably one of the most haunting, disturbing, but brilliantly compelling books I have read for a long time!!! The Vegetarian tells the story of Yeong-hye in three parts, seen through the eyes of her husband, brother-in-law & Sister, as she refuses to eat meat. I don't want to say too much, as I think if you haven't read it is probably better to go in with as little info as possible! (I'm also struggling to put this one into words 😱) Just be prepared for it to stay with you, some of the mental imagery towards the end I found difficult to read, but I just couldn't seem to put it down! If you've read it did you feel the same?? Thank you to everyone who recommended this book to me, I've given it a solid 4/5. . ☕️🍽