Top positive review
25 March 2017
'Daughters of the Dragon' by William Andrews is not typically a book you'd find in my Kindle library. Browsing titles on Amazon last night it caught my eye... hence I didn't get much sleep as I was spellbound by this incredible story. It is a story about Korea during WWII and beyond through the eyes of a family of women.
War stories often focus on the men who were soldiers. This is the story of the more than two hundred thousand Korean women who became “comfort women” used by the Japanese as sex slaves during WW II. To have a story like this that focuses on women, the atrocities they endured, the shame, and the strength they had to have, is amazing.
The story is narrated by the grandmother to her newly found granddaughter. This is a story of survival by a very strong woman who sacrificed her entire life to make it on her own and the love of her daughter. At the end of the book, which I read in one evening, While it is a novel, not a history book, it brought to life the misery of Korea's recent evolution from the perspective of those who suffered so much. I found myself wanting more. Great read.