Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Vegetarian by Han Kang [Penguin Random House Book Review]

Han Kang, born in South Korea, winner of The Yi Sang, Young Artist and Manhae Literary Awards, as well as a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Seoul, published her novel The Vegetarian in 2015 with Hogarth Press.

This novel received literary acclaim such as being similar to the writing of Franz Kafka to which I wholeheartedly disagree. While Han is an astounding writer and keeps the reader on edge, the ending falls horribly flat and leaves the reader not with choices or even thought, but any various ending one can imagine in their mind. This is not why I read books. If I must imagine an ending that the author is unable or unwilling to write, I might as well write my own book.

Kang is excellent at presenting a seamless story through the eyes of three people and leaves the reader compelled as to what will happen next only to leave the reader angry wishing they did not waste three hours of their life reading this book. If there were a sequel, the abrupt ending that goes nowhere is understandable, however, there is no sequel.  

I received this book from Blogging for Books  

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