Reading South Korea: Drifting House

When I was doing research for South Korean literature, I came across a list in Vanity Fair of  5 Korean Novels You Should Read.  One of the first things said was “these aren’t Beach Reads”. And indeed – they are NOT.  I’m going to take their advice and run with it anyway; three of the five recommendations are sitting in my living room.  First up: Drifting House, by Krys Lee.

This book kicked my ass. The long-lasting devastation of war. The destruction, down to the family level, of a nation torn apart. What it means to be an immigrant, and then again the next level of being a first-generation kid, carrying all that weight and more. This collection of short stories digs in deep, grabs you by the collar and doesn’t let go. There were moments of wanting to put it down, to just return it to the library and find something else easier to digest, but nope. The author manifested this unflinching thing, and it was on me to stay. Even though it wasn’t always easy, it was entirely worth it.

Seoul at Night
Seoul at Night (image by KLuwak , via Wikimedia Commons)

2 thoughts on “Reading South Korea: Drifting House

  1. Andrew Blackman September 11, 2019 / 9:59 am

    Hi Diane, thanks! Your post really made me want to read this book… and I’m not sure what that says about me. I suppose I do want a book to grab me by the collar and demand to be read, even if it’s hard to digest sometimes. Better that than something safe, boring and forgettable. Hey, I’ll even take an ass-kicking over an anodyne Beach Read 😉

    • TheGlobalReader September 17, 2019 / 8:30 pm

      I always go towards the books that hit hard. I’m not much of a Beach Reader either!

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