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Saturday, February 27, 2016

***The Vegetarian, A Novel by Han Kang

  • Originally published in South Korea
  • ARC edition for publication in February 2016
    • Early Reviewer's program
    • S. Korean Literature 

  • Han Kang's book runs into a peculiar problem. The entire story is based on a premise and a premise by its very meaning demands a resolution. The Vegetarian lacks resolve. The ending is merely a continuation of the story. The book does not fall apart, it simply does not fulfill its implied objective. It is otherwise a strong, beautifully elegiac and poetic work of fiction.

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