9 comments on “Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo | Book Review

  1. This confirms my feeling that I won’t bother with this one – I hate when books tell you how to interpret what’s happening, and the everywoman idea doesn’t appeal either. A shame, as I’d like to read more South Korean fiction.

    • Yeah, I can appreciate what the author was going for with the everywoman approach, but I think allowing for a stronger emotional connection to the heroine would have resulted in greater impact.

  2. Great review! I’ve been curious about this one. An author making their point by stating it outright does tend to bother me as well, so perhaps I’ll see if I can get this one through my library. It does sound like the book addresses worthwhile themes though, which is definitely a plus. I’m glad this was at least a solid read for you!

  3. Great review! A book I recently read – If I Had Your Face – is also about women in South Korea and it was quite eye-opening, though somewhat uneven. This sounds like it might be a more overarching look at some of the same issues.

    • Thank you! Yes, it definitely felt quite general and introductory in its feminism. I’d be very interested to read more South Korean fiction that explores the topic in greater depth.

  4. This one has been on my radar, and I wasn’t sure if I’d be going for it. Some East Asian feminist fiction—or really, books by East Asian women—I’ve read so far tend to be more heavy-handed in exploring feminist themes, perhaps because it’s still in its first or introductory phase there. I can appreciate it but I’m not sure if I’d enjoy it… though I might still give this one a go.

    • Yes, I can totally get that this would feel bold and defiant to a reader or culture not readily exposed to the idea of feminism, but I can’t say it offers anything new if you’ve already read a lot on the topic.

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