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The Vegetarian
The Vegetarian: A Novel | Han Kang
A beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreamsinvasive images of blood and brutalitytorture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. Its a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice thats become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself. Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one womans struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her.From the Hardcover edition.
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Centique
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Thanks for the tag @Trashcanman #friYAYintro

1- I usually stick to a list of books I‘m planning on reading rather than buy on a whim - but I do love a good cover
2.Tagged
3. A couple of NZ websites, sometimes The Guardian (UK)
4. The alarm is on my hub‘s side of the bed so it‘s all on him!
5. Want to have a go @Kati15 @HOTPock3tt @Texreader

DHill Loved the tagged book! now
Centique @DHill me too. 😊 And I loved now
DHill I will definitely stack that one! now
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Cathythoughts
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“ A novel of sexuality and madness that deserves its great success “ Ian McEwan says it perfectly. It‘s beyond words to describe ... for me it‘s an unknown understanding those who have read it & love it share

Suet624 I loved this one. 4d
batsy Nice review! Sometimes it's so hard to put into words the mysterious energy of a book that makes it so good 💜 4d
Cathythoughts @Suet624 Yes! Me too 👍🏻❤️ 4d
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Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks, yes “ the mysterious energy “ is well put. I am left with many vivid images ... 4d
Centique I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! So disturbing but you‘re right, the images stay with you 🙌 4d
mollyrotondo Absolutely loved this book! Human Acts is phenomenal as well! 3d
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 3d
Cathythoughts @Centique Thanks, I did enjoy it. Not at all what I expected, but then how could anyone expect this book... a curve ball of a book ... so good , and yes so disturbing & strange & beautiful... 3d
Cathythoughts @mollyrotondo Yes! I‘ll look up Human Acts 👍🏻❤️ 3d
Cathythoughts @TrishB 👍🏻❤️ 3d
andrew61 Not got around to it yet cathy so ill push it up my list. 3d
Centique @mollyrotondo that‘s one of my top 10 books I read in 2018 😍 3d
mollyrotondo @Centique uhh it was so good right?! Did you read The White Book by her? I still have to read that one 3d
Centique @mollyrotondo still on my TBR too 😊 2d
OwenBanner Sounds intriguing 2d
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Cathythoughts
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TrishB Lovely ❤️ 5d
LeahBergen This was such a weirdly enjoyable/disturbing read. 5d
Cathythoughts @TrishB 👍🏻❤️ 5d
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Cathythoughts @LeahBergen It is as you say ... I‘m loving it 💔 5d
runswithscissors007 that sounds like one convoluted peace... 💙 5d
Cathythoughts @runswithscissors007 I don‘t understand most of this book ... but I can relate to it in a dreamlike way ... 4d
runswithscissors007 “Relate ...in a dreamlike way”. I like the way you describe that sensation. Read the vibe. 3d
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Cathythoughts
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batsy I loved this book, though it sounds weird to say that... Hope it's the same with you 5d
Cathythoughts @batsy Yes Suba! I‘m blown away by it , I love it too... 👍🏻❤️ 5d
batsy Ooh, I'm happy to hear that! It really gets under your skin, doesn't it 5d
Cathythoughts @batsy Yes, it really does , it‘s so powerful & vivid ... I‘ll finish it today 👍🏻 5d
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Centique
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This book was not what I expected. Dark and shocking; violence erupts when someone steps out from a small box of a life. We see Yeong-hye from the perspectives of 3 people around her. She seems to be a blank space to everyone until the day she stops eating meat. It is about more than this one choice and the clashes it causes, Yeong-hye is slowly abdicating from humanity (in my opinion). A lot to unpack here ⬇️

Centique A very short very strange book #readinonesitting that does not hold back. I was riveted by this but I loved her book Human Acts more. TW for violence to animals. 2w
Cathythoughts Great review... just download a sample on kindle 👍🏻 2w
Reggie I have this just staring me down from a bookcase. You‘re kinda making me want to read it next month. 2w
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Centique @Reggie I was going to say This Is A Reggie Kinda Book but I thought I might be getting repetitive 😂😂😂 2w
Centique @Reggie PS I‘m on a spate of weird books. From the Wreck is just deliciously strange 😜 2w
Reggie I wish there was a telepathy emoji.😜 2w
Rissreads I loved this book! It packs a punch! @Reggie I would love to hear what you think. 2w
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DePaepe
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I read the description of this book online and knew immediately that I wanted to read it. I found the short story that inspired the novel and read that first. After finishing the short story I went to a local used book store and bought this copy. I went outside and turn to the cover page and noticed I had found a signed copy! Lucky day! I put this copy on my shelf and checked out the ebook from my library. It was quite an enjoyable read.

wanderinglynn How awesome! 2mo
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LisaLovesToRead
Mehso-so

The author used shock value more than a great story line at points, but it did keep me reading. I felt agitated once I finished this book, but I also acknowledge there were sections I felt were artistic and well-written. I read this at the start of 2019, so I may go back and re-read this to see if my thoughts change.

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Curly_Caffeinated_Reader
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Mehso-so

Wow this book was very disturbing, but oddly it was kind of beautiful in a poetic kind of a way... hard to describe this one. Very twisted read, and wasn‘t anything I was expecting. This book is definitely not for everyone!
#24b42020 #wintergames #tmskellington @Crimson613 @Clwojick
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Crimson613 16pts!! 12-27 I saw this book today and was curious about it :0 2mo
Curly_Caffeinated_Reader @Crimson613 very disturbing and twisted. But for me it was a one time read 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Less than 200 pages, this is a great, tensed read, about the struggle to live in a world that demands conformity. An affecting book, one which you can #readinonesitting .
#Gratefulreads

Cinfhen This will be great for #Booked2020 suggestions 4mo
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 4mo
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JillR
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This short novella takes in numerous issues but to me this was about mental illness and the refusal, or inability, of those around to recognise it. This is a strange, haunting, disturbing read.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍❤️ I‘m so glad you enjoying some of your library picks.... good plan 4mo
JillR @cathythoughts I never would have bought this one... 4mo
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elizabethlk
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Our most recent #litereads #halloweenreads pick was The Fruit of My Woman by Han Kang, and the week for it has come to an end. This story of a woman transforming into a tree is a wild ride, and one I found to be engaging and enthralling. You can read my full review in the link below. Drop a comment to let us know what you think of the story.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-jR

#octoberreads #womenintranslation

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elizabethlk
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Our newest #litereads selection, chosen especially for our #halloweenreads picks, is The Fruit of My Woman by Han Kang. This Korean story, translated to English by Deborah Smith, inspired the author's later book, The Vegetarian. This short story depicts a woman's transformation into a plant. You can read the story in full for free from the link in the full article below.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-jQ

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Mitch
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Until all the press around the translation of the tagged book - I have to admit is not really thought very deeply about the art of translation. But since then I‘ve been fascinated about how we translate intention, thought and meaning rather than purely ‘words‘. Fascinating article .....

https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/08/07/the-daily-alchemy-of-translation/

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Lana1
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Bailedbailed

What in the heck was I just reading?! Nope, not for me this one!

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Cweeeevs

"Perhaps, at some point, Yeong-hue had simply let fall the slender thread that had kept her connected with everyday life."

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Cweeeevs
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Oof, this book! I hardly know where to start. I won't be able to do it justice. First and foremost, it's a visceral experience, and a haunting one at that.

The beguiling character at the centre of this short novel endures so many brutalising acts of violence that the sense of quiet desperation is palpable, making it quite a claustrophobic, upsetting read.

I thought it was excellent, but am hesitant to recommend it as this won't be for everyone.

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LitDrivenGirl
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Remember when I said I was keeping my stack lite? 😏 I went a bit crazy in my excitement because of course this isn't everything I plan (hope) to read this weekend. BUT WOW LIKE IT... I'm ready for 48 hours of READING! Comment if you have read any of these and what you thought. Comment if you are joining in for @24in48 Readathon this weekend. Comment if you plain and simply...LOVE books. 🤗📚

Reviewsbylola A friend just lent me Hyperbole and a Half! 7mo
Soubhiville I love hyperbole and a half. She makes me laugh so hard! There‘s a dark side too, but the funny sticks with me. 7mo
LitDrivenGirl @Reviewsbylola @Soubhiville I can't wait to read it! My sister gave it to me for Christmas last year and said she felt like it would encourage me. 🤗 7mo
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derr.liz
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A woman's story as told through the eyes of her husband, then her brother-in-law, then her sister. For me this was a story about feminism through subversion.

"Whether human, animal or plant, she could not be called a “person,” but then she wasn‘t exactly some feral creature either— more like a mysterious being with qualities of both."

#travelread

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Leniverse
Pickpick

Horrific. Poetic. Thought provoking. Strange. Oddly beautiful. Possibly not everyone's cup of tea.

EliNeedsMoreShelves Agree. I found this novel fascinating, but have a hard time recommending it to other readers. 8mo
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BekaReid
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Decided to start this book today, and before I knew it, I was turning to the last page. Captivating, disturbing, intense, powerful. I'm not 100% sure how I feel about it yet, but isn't that one of the markings of a good book? It'll definitely be one that lingers in my mind as I mull over it.

Jeannineth It‘s on my summer TBR. 8mo
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audraelizabeth
Panpan

This book was very odd I'm glad I listened to it and it was short.
Book 11 of 16 for #bookfitnesschallenge
@wanderinglynn

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audraelizabeth

Iam finding this book strange. Maybe it is the cultural differences. This book will be one i finish for #bookfitnesschallenge.
@wanderinglynn

gradcat You‘re not alone—this book is strange. Can‘t wait to see what you think about it once you‘ve finished. 🤔 9mo
audraelizabeth Okay, ill let you know. Ill probably finish it tonight. 9mo
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Mitch
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I love this concept of the Future Library. I love thinking of the trees patiently growing waiting for the books to be ready to be read.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/28/han-kang-buries-new-manuscript-in-...

LibrarianRyan The thing I have wondered about, is... have these books already been edited? If so, then someone has seen them. And if not, do you think it will be to their determinant? 9mo
charl08 Would you be able to keep the text a secret if you were the editor? 9mo
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Kalalalatja
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After having some weird #dreams the protagonist of this book decides she doesn‘t want to eat meat any longer. Which is kinda scandalous in South Korea, apparantly. Told through three different view points (the protagonist‘s father, brother in law and sister) we see how this decision influence the protagonist‘s life and the lives of those around her.

#AnglophileApril

vivastory Excellent choice 👍 11mo
Reviewsbylola Very interesting plot. 11mo
Cinfhen Still haven‘t read this book #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 11mo
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Mdargusch Sounds like a strange dream. 🙃 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great pick! Such a haunting read. 11mo
emilyhaldi I‘ve always been curious about this one 🤔 11mo
Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi it is so weird and wonderful! And dark, and disturbing, and did I mention weird? 😄 11mo
emilyhaldi Well you know how I love dark and disturbing!! 11mo
ephemeralwaltz Good pick! 10mo
Leniverse The first narrator is the husband, not the father! (I just read it. 🙂 ) 8mo
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gentlepet
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Pickpick

this was dark, beautiful, sometimes lush, sometimes stark. an extremely satisfying example of picking a book on a friend‘s coffee table at random and ignoring them until it‘s finished.

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PrateekParekh
Pickpick

Very new way of thought

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readtheworld
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Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Here are a few books from my shelves to celebrate women‘s stories:

? Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina García
? When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
? The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
? A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
? The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta
? Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
? The Vegetarian by Han Kang
? The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

#readtheworld #readwomen

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candority
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February Wrap Up!

February was another good reading month for me, with 15 books completed (8 physical, 1 ebook, 6 audiobooks)!

No five star reads this month, but some solid four stars, such as The Break, The Vegetarian, On the Come Up, The Alice Network, and a couple others!

#FebruaryWrapup #FebruaryStats

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ephemeralwaltz
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Deprived of "The Vegetarian's" voice, we follow her descent into what the patriarchy would call madness. Kang exposes the violence that humanity has inflicted on nature and how that violence is reflected in the violence we inflict upon eachother. This is a visceral, raw, unapologetic read about carnality and the psychological strive towards ferality, but also about sorority, family, and forgiveness.

⭐⭐⭐

ephemeralwaltz I'm not 100% sure I connected with the story, and to be honest, the frequent sexual images (almost pornographic) disturbed me to an extent. But the more I think about it the more I realize that the point of the text is to reveal the disturbing essence of human nature. I found Human Acts to be superior but The Vegetarian should not be disregarded because of the depth it achieves, still lingering in my mind after finishing it. 12mo
LeahBergen Great review! So much of what you wrote reflects my own opinions of this novel. 12mo
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lele1432
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I have been meaning to read this #ManBooker winner for over 2 years now. So I scooped it up on sale for $1.99 (#Kindle and Apple Books)! I know it's a strange book and reviews are mixed, but I kind of like strange books so we'll see how this goes. 🤔 #kindledeal #kindledeals

Jee_HookedOnBookz I like strange books too! And mixed reviews always pique my curiosity! 😅 12mo
lele1432 @Jee_HookedOnBookz yesss lol I always have to see for myself! 🤓 12mo
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ephemeralwaltz
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Han Kang will be in Barcelona on the 24th of March and I just got tickets to hear her speak! I'M EXCITED BEYOND WORDS ❤️❤️

Human Acts blew me away but I haven't read The Vegetarian so that's what I'll be doing this week.

Kalalalatja I heard her speak a couple of years ago, and she was so interesting! Enjoy 👏 12mo
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja how awesome! Thanks 😍 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm 🤩 fantastic! Enjoy! 12mo
BarbaraBB Enjoy!! 12mo
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FernsAndFairyTales
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Mehso-so

Hmm, this was a tough one. I couldn‘t stand the first two narrators but liked the third. I understand that was what the book was going for, but it didn‘t make for an enjoyable read. And the violence was difficult to take. The writing was captivating at times, though, so I have mixed feelings in the end.

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sophierayton
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This is a weird and powerful book. I was glad it was short because it felt long given how substantial it is. This book explores a person's right to their body and mind - what to believe, what to eat, what to wear, how to live or die. Unique and good.

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candority
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The Vegetarian is a short and bizarre novel that centers around Yeong-hye, a South Korean woman who decides to become a vegetarian after experiencing a cryptic dream. We watch, from the perspective of Yeong-hye‘s husband, her brother-in-law, and her sister, as her decision impacts those around her and as her mental health deteriorates. This book is intense and uncomfortable at times, but it is incredibly powerful. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterV

ju.ca.no I love Han Kang‘s books! They are so intense 12mo
Emilymdxn I loved this book! It‘s a bit of a marmite but I adored it 12mo
candority @ju.ca.no This is the first one I‘ve read, but I agree! I‘m planning to read Human Acts at some point. 12mo
candority @Emilymdxn Ahaha true! I loved it too. 12mo
ju.ca.no @candority I liked that one even better! 12mo
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Jeg
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Disturbing and insightful. I was uncomfortable reading it but needed to get to the end , hoping for happiness.
I know a young person who for the past 2 years has refused to eat and hardly moves. Right now she says she just wants to die. So reading this book was both hard to read while at the same time somewhat insightful.
@MrsMalaprop Not an easy read for me. However can see why it won the award.

MrsMalaprop Oh that‘s very sad about the young person 😢. I hope they get the help they need. I have just been learning about eating disorders at work today. 13mo
Rissreads I loved this book too! 12mo
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katkumilamba
Pickpick

Startling but worth the read

RaimeyGallant On my list! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 13mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌷 13mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 13mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 13mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
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In a random bout of insomnia I read finished this book through last night and today. Very intriguing, a very strange and short read. But I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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fandom_hellspawn99
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I just started this book today and I like the direction it's heading 😏

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inmegslibrary
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“The feeling that she had never really lived in this world caught her by surprise. It was a fact. She had never lived. Even as a child, as far back as she could remember, she had done nothing but endure.”

BiblioLitten This book was incredible! 13mo
mcctrish Oh it‘s on my list, I‘m so happy it‘s good 13mo
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fandom_hellspawn99
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After another monthly true crime meeting I returned my books and got some different ones! I even got these cute little bookmarks! They are doing a cats Vs. dogs thing and I love both so I just grabbed one of each lol 😁😂

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Palimpsest
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I almost bailed on this book as I read half of it last summer and set it aside as parts felt carnal, feral, and animalistic to the point where I was uncomfortable. I finished it to add to my Goodreads challenge as I was already halfway through. I did end up liking the 3rd section best. I understand that it‘s read as an allegory or also idea of existence precedes essence and feel it was written/ translated well, but I can‘t say I enjoyed it.

TiredLibrarian I started it & didn't get very far before I bailed. The so-called relationship between the husband and wife really rubbed me the wrong way. 😬😠 14mo
Palimpsest @TiredLibrarian I agree that it was hard to read because of the way she was treated at first, as a convenience for her subtlety in her marriage which is terrible in itself and then later his treatment of her after she had changed. Her father and brother-in-law also treat her as an object which I think strengthens the intention of the book, but it is a difficult subject matter to view with the intensity the author makes us gaze at and feel 14mo
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Pickpick

This story is dark and disturbing. I wished for more bits from the Vegetarian‘s point of view, even as I realized that NOT having them was part of the point. The sister‘s section was the weakest, and yet paradoxically, gave the most insight into the nature of the madness. Audio was good, but it might be better in print.

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Lcsmcat
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Is it weird that I was #audiocooking to this today?

Linear She looks like she viciously eats her vegetables. Like it would be scary to watch her eat a salad... 14mo
Naj Man, I love this book! How are you finding it so far? 14mo
Lcsmcat @Naj I‘m both fascinated and appalled. 14mo
Naj @Lcsmcat 😂 Yeah, it is weird but in a good way. 14mo
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fleeting
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I've been consciously purchasing paperbacks over hardcovers for space and practicality (I'm still sometimes tempted, of course), but I couldn't resist this. I already have the paperback (!) but this was gorgeous. Does it make it better that I bought this secondhand? Does it help that I teach this in class? Will there be anything at all to serve as a good excuse why I did this?!

BookishMarginalia Yes, it does! 14mo
inthegreensandblues I admit that I have also traded a paperback for the hardcover just because the cover art was better. 😁 14mo
ju.ca.no It‘s beautiful and those are good reasons😁 14mo
fleeting @BookishMarginalia @inthegreensandblues @ju.ca.no good to know I'm with the right people!! 😄 14mo
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allisontshannon
Pickpick

such a strange story told from three different perspectives. i couldn't put it down.

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 14mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗📚 14mo
Chelleo Welcome 🤗 14mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 13mo
BridgetteM Welcome to Litsy! 13mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 13mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! 13mo
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cariashley
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Mehso-so

I really don‘t know how to feel about this book, which was bizarre but thought-provoking. Had a hard time connecting to the characters or really seeing the point. Sort of worth reading, though? Going with a so-so rating.

Also, yay for fire pits. Spending New Years in Scottsdale, AZ and it could definitely be warmer here!

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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

Whoo! What a wild ride! Delicate, intentional, strange and disturbing , I understand the hype now. It‘s definitely a pick, I‘ll be thinking about this one for a long time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #readharderchallenge #bookintranslation

ephemeralwaltz This cover 👌👌 12mo
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Julsmarshall
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Working on finishing up my @bookriot #readharderchallenge 2018. Only 2 books from completion! #MountTBR

Tamra I‘ve wondered how this experience would be on paper vs. audio. I think I‘d have liked it better in book form - it was just okay via audio. 1y
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JLaurenceCohen
Vegetaren | Han Kang
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Some of the books I read this year.

erzascarletbookgasm The Vegetarian is a weird read but so good. 1y
JLaurenceCohen @erzascarletbookgasm yeah, pretty strange, but it really stays with you 1y
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Naj
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#Adventrecommends Day 17
A new favorite from this year and one I'll read many more times.

@emilyrose_x