I'd developed a case of 'love at first sight' when I first saw this book cover. For some reason, maybe because vegetarianism is my ultimate goal, I don't know, I just knew I had to read it. Once I gazed over the summary, I thought, "Oh, this sounds like one of those weird, spooky movies, like The Host or 3 Extremes or something!" I just knew, I had to read it. Now, I'm not really sure how I feel.
The style of writing is very different... strange. The inner-sleeve of the book said Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life before she took on the vegetarian lifestyle, but I totally disagree., I know that Korean culture is very different, even from most Korean-American culture, but Mr. Cheong wasn't a very nice guy. He didn't think his wife was even pretty. He didn't like her hair, her body- nothing. They lived in a home where they rarely slept together- it had to have been a lonely existence for her. Other than finding her standing before an open refrigerator, I'm surprised he even noticed her change!
Then the book quickly took a rapid, dark turn. Yeong-hye became morose, even embarrassing her husband during a business dinner. Her actions totally off-putting and Mr. Cheong became irritated. What was terrible about this book was not the odd nightmares Yeong-hye endured but her husband's terrible words, his habitual raping and constant negativity. He made me angry, with his feigned concern for her well-being. I can't say much more without giving away SPOILERS - and I refuse to give anything away! You have to read it to truly understand, not understand.
I thought, for a while, the author was referring to a hidden PSA on a topic that I won't mention because it would offer up a SPOILER, but sadly, there was none. Had there been one, so much would have made sense. The actions of Yeong-hye affected people around her, but not in the way you'd think. Everything was drastic, dark and brooding. And the bits of light that seemed to perk up a few people were exceedingly selfish or down-right monstrous. Believe me, I'm not exaggerating.
I also need to state for the record, this book is not for everyone. It's a disturbingly, erotic and violent story. Is there romance and love-making- no. It's full of hunger and greed- and NOTHING to do with --, other than one - Oops! I almost told the story. It's so weird and I really didn't understand it. I tried, going back pages and rereading, but it was infuriating. Later, while going over my notes, I decided the story is truly one of those that need no true beginning or ending. It just is. There was no rhyme or reason and it's not really supposed to make sense.
You're supposed to walk away, bewildered into silence. 📚
Ratings: 👓👓/5 specs
*Wool is next.
**Book provided, free by Blogging for Books, for an honest review.
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