Monday, April 30, 2012

Book 70: The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim

What a lovely book! I so enjoyed the integration of real Korean history into the timeline of the character's life.

This is the story of an awkward child who grew into graceful adulthood. Her father, who was a devout follower of the Korean tradition, and her mother, an obediant (if momentarily betraying) wife, shaped the way she lived, grew, and succeeded in life, career, and marriage.

There were times in this book that the eloquence of the author and the delicious imagery, dripping with beauty, took me completely by surprise.

Lovely and terrifying, the story of the Han family was wrought with struggle, talent, and fear of the unknown. During the Japanese occupation, each member of the family found themselves in their own personal battles for independence, while caught between cultures during changing times.

The result was a powerful story, seasoned by traditional values, directed by forces beyond their own control. Despite everything, love triumphed, and the family bonded together, breaking through barriers, and learning to keep their own dreams alive.

I loved this book.

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