From Wonso Pond: A Korean Novel by Kang Kyong-ae,Samuel Perry

By Kang Kyong-ae,Samuel Perry

A vintage innovative novel of the Nineteen Thirties and the 1st entire paintings written by way of a girl prior to the Korean struggle to be released in English, From Wonso Pond transforms the affection triangle among 3 protagonists right into a revealing portrait of the residing stipulations that ended in smooth Korea, either North and South.

"A fatherless younger woman now poised to develop into the sufferer of [the landlord's] lecherous fangs and paws," starts one of many unique newspaper teasers describing From Wonso Pond and the destiny of its heroine, Sonbi. In a plot wealthy with Dickensian overtones, the unconventional paints a shiny photograph of existence in what's now North Korea during the eyes of Sonbi, her adolescence neighbor, Ch’otchae, and a stressed legislations pupil, Sinch’ol, as they trip individually from a small, impoverished village governed by way of the lecherous land baron to the port urban of Inch’on.

But lifestyles is hardly ever more uncomplicated there, as Sonbi wears herself out boiling silk threads twelve hours an afternoon whereas Ch’otchae and Sinch’ol load rice at the docks. All 3 get entangled with underground activists, scuffling with the oppression of nation and town, in addition to their eastern colonial rulers.

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