YOUNG-HA KIM’s Black Flower won Korea's Dong-in Prize; his first novel, I Have the Right to Destroy Myself was highly acclaimed upon publication in the United States. He has earned a reputation as the most talented and prolific Korean writer of his generation, publishing five novels and three collections of short stories.
The translator and/or editor would adjust for this it seems.
Though each character is distinguishable in his/her own general story and designation, none felt as though they had any real character.
I just wish that they writing would have been good enough for me to feel that the characters were real enough for me to care for them.
Though the history of this book is interesting, the translation is poor and the literary elements are missing. It is just a good tale but boring to readPublished 1 month ago by sunshine rider
I have read three of this authors book and one of him novellas and this one was a little disappointing ... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Echezona Udeze
I wish I could praise "The Black Flower". I wish I could say the novel was interesting and entertaining, but it wasn't. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Biblibio
I took this book on vacation excited that it was set in the Yucatan, near where we were headed. The true story of 1000+ Koreans who were tricked into indentured servitude to work... Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Lili P. Betancourt
When reading a translated book, one has to allow for some difficulty in adjusting the language. When reading a book from a very different culture, one has to allow for differences... Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by Lee Armstrong
Black Flower is the first book I've read by author Young-ha Kim. I really enjoy books about the Asian culture and especially those centered around Korea. Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by maximum verbosity
The impression I had upon reading "Black Flower" was that I had just read a very lengthy magazine article about select people who left Korea for Mexico in the early part of the... Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Ashley Mott
Everyone in this story suffers for their love.
I am not much of a reader of fiction, but a good historical narrative is always enticing. Read more
In 1904, during the Russo-Japanese war, Korea was annexed by Japan. With the prospect of war and loss of nation looming before them, over 1,000 Koreans left their homes for the... Read morePublished on November 12, 2012 by Daisy Blossom