Book Review: The Vegetarian

Book Review: The VegetarianThe Vegetarian
by Han Kang, Deborah Smith
Pages: 192
Published by Hogarth
Genres: Literary Fiction, Multicultural
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Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye's decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy. In a complete metamorphosis of both mind and body, her now dangerous endeavor will take Yeong-hye—impossibly, ecstatically, tragically—far from her once-known self altogether.

My Takeaway  “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.” Paul McCartney I have never read anything quite like The Vegetarian. The novel is about a South Korean woman (Yeong-hye) and the bizarre events that place after she decides to become a vegetarian. Yeong-hye…

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