So I bought my first book box recently, and it did not disappoint. This is one of two books that came in the Moth box, which focuses on books from independent press.
This is a fantasy book, set in the slums of Seoul. It follows the awkward new relationship of Eungyo and Mujae. The other plot line is that the shadows of the people in the slums were starting to rise. The people then had to try and resist the urge to follow the shadows or else it would somehow lead to their death.
I really liked this book. I have now read two books translated from Korean, and to be honest they were both pretty weird plot-wise. That doesn’t mean that they both weren’t really good!! Her writing in this novel is just beautiful, so atmospheric. The story really sets the scene for you: it feels sort of gloomy, but that isn’t a complaint.
Sorry guys this book is really hard for me to review. This book isn’t strictly plot based, but lots happen and you are trying to figure out exactly what is going on. But I wouldn’t say this is solely character driven either, there isn’t a huge character change or realization. It’s sort of a mixture of a little plot, a little character, and a lot of atmosphere. I know that pretty much sound like every book, but this is unlike anything I have read.
This book I think is something you need to read to understand what I am trying (and possible failing) to explain. The most interesting part for me was the shadows rising. They don’t give you a concrete answer as to why this is going on, so it requires quite a bit of interpretation. The way I saw it was that, the people whose shadows were rising seemed to be in a fairly bad place in their lives and pretty down. I saw the shadows rising representing depression; and the people trying to resist the urge to follow, I saw as someone resisting the urge to commit suicide. This is just my opinion and there are lots of room for many different views.
I would recommend this to everyone, just because I found it so different. I want to know others’ opinions, so please everyone go read it and let me know what you think.
Have you guys read other Korean literature? If so what has your experience been?