Here is a novel that asks to be taken seriously. It is not fast paced or sensational, on the contrary it requires concentration and commitment. I enjoyed the first of the trilogy but this was different again. The research undertaken to give this work authenticity is commendable. It is delightful and respectful and shows the author's reverence for the customs and beliefs of the Korean people. I would recommend this to anyone who is serious about learning more about the Korean Peninsula and its struggles, especially in light of the current attempts at détentente. A very moving, satisfying book.
This not only tells of a Family torn apart and damaged by war but it talks of atrocities forced upon women. Those women have never received justice and it shows how America and Japan have never taken responsibility for their shameful acts. They ignored and/or denied that these many thousands of women, paid a shoking price for the power, prestige and imagined respect due to them. History softens the stories. These poor women will slide into history as stories, no longer our reality.
The story will keep you fascinated right to the end. Although a work of fiction it is strongly historically based. It not only gives the reader a strong feeling for the people of Korea but also provides an understanding of the present situation and the desire of the Korean people, both North and South for unification as One Korea.
This is a great story about a ancient kingdom mired by its inflexibility to accept change and rooted in class structure and old traditions. The beautiful protagonist Ja Young is thrust into the position of wife to the future king but being a woman she has to tread carefully and is never really able to rule as she should
An interesting insight to a little known history. Harsh yet moving and insightful. I didn’t expect a male author to be able to write with such an intimate womens touch! Cant wait for the last instalment!
A very interesting book about a subject and country of which I know very little. Helps put the current sabre rattling on both sides of the matter into better context and adds to the portrayal of Imperial Japan and its army as a brutal and unforgiving master.
I really enjoyed learning about a time in Korean history through this story. The characters and places were described really well and the novel was very entertaining and exciting, at times I couldn't put it down.