'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.
I'd heard of the Korean "comfort women", forced by the Japanese to prostitute themselves for the occupying army during WW2, but I had no idea of how many there were (over 200000), how young they were, or how brutally they were treated. This book made their tragic, terrible story real, yet without being too difficult to read - I think because it's recounted by an elderly woman to a young adopted Korean-American woman searching for her birth mother. Somehow this makes it easier to digest, hearing of the horrors through the old woman as she looks back. I think it would have been almost impossible to read otherwise, at least for me. The author seems to have a great understanding of Korea, and an adoped child from there. Enlightening, well told, and well researched. This is a story everyone should read, about a long-denied past we should never forget.
Daughters of the Dragon is an engrossing book that shines a light onto Korean history from WW2 onwards. Even though this is a fictitious story it glimpses into a history I didn’t know about and makes me want to learn more about it.
The story is told by an elderly Korean woman, who is telling her story to her granddaughter, who had went to South Korea to find her adoptive mother. This book is very interesting, you end up falling into the story of the grandmother, about her survival and hardship during terrible and terrifying times in Korea, as well as learning some history about Koreans during WW2, a perspective into Korea becoming North and South and a glimpse into South Korea after the split.
Would definitely recommend to those that like historical fiction or even to those who just like to read in general.
Wonderful story about how a young now US citizen (Korean Extraction adopted) returns to Korea in an attempt to locate her biological mother. early in the story she is met by an elderly lady who gives her a parcel and an address for her to go to.When she does go to the address she finds out that this elderly lady is her Grandmother and her biological mother actually died giving birth to her. The real story is about what occurred to thousands of Korean and Chinese women that were forced into becoming the Japanese sex slaves.Apart from the atrocities that many of us will learn about by reading this story we may also learn a bit of Korean history.Some of this story will not make you very proud to be a member of the Human Race.
This is not a book you read before bed. The author does not pull any punches in his fictional account of the experiences of a Korean child forced into sex slavery by the Japanese. It is hard to believe so many horrible things could happen to one person. I'm sure there are plenty of people with similar stories..Does it make me appreciate what a good life I have? Certainly..it is an eye-opener..The beauty of a book like this is it brings history to life. These stories deserve to be told, over and over. It is the least we can do for these women.
I won't go into the story line of this novel as that is outlined in the kindle purchase. This book was incredibly well written and has depth and understanding related to historical atrocities and enduring complex life issues. To sum up a compelling read. I was drawn to this book and there was ya moment where the author lapsed in telling his story. I will be seeking more from this very talented author.
Normally I read action, murder mysteries, spy novels or occasionally fantasy books. This is none of them, it's based on historical fact and written in such a wonderful manner it highlights the authors gift. I couldn't put this book down and marvelled at the strength of those characters involved and what they endured. I commend this book to all who like a good read and who, like myself, may wish to discover another genre than those they have already embraced.
This book is about adopted children reconnecting with their birth family. But it is about so much more. It is the story of the Korean woman and some of them children being used as comfort women. It is a heart wrenching story but one of enormous strength that some survived. I can highly recommend this book.
I found this book confronting, yet compelling to read. I had young Japanese people stay on my property as WOOFERS. They had no idea why so many people disliked their country men for WW11 and the Korean War. When a country hides it's history it only shows there is shame. Japan is all about 'face' yet they hide their face. My heart ached for all those beautiful young women in this book. Congratulations to the auther for the way he told it through the women who suffered perspective.
A very enjoyable book about a subject I knew little about and am glad I now know more about Korea's comfort women. I also knew little about the history of Korea and now that it is so much on the news it was interesting to have some background on both north and south Korea. The story is well written and kept me engrossed throughout. I recommend this as a very good read.