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The Descendants of Cain (UNESCO Collection of Representative Works: European)

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ISBN-13: 978-0765601377
ISBN-10: 0765601370
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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Korean --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Hwang Sun-won is one of the most beloved and respected Korean writers of the twentieth century. This extraordinary novel is based on his own experience in his North Korean village at a historic turning point for modern Korea between the end of World War II (and with it the end of the 35-year Japanese occupation of Korea) and the eve of the Korean War just when Korea had been divided into North and South by its two "liberators" - the United States and the Soviet Union. Portrayed here is an entire community caught in a political and social firestorm that scathingly reveals the selfishness, cruelty, and ignorance of simple people, but also their loyalty and nobility.
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Product Details

  • Series: UNESCO Collection of Representative Works: European
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (July 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765601370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765601377
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,714,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I liked this book, read it within one week, but the way the author named all his characters in the book is so different from my understand of Korean names from my Korean friends, so it is a bit confusing for the names, only the main character Hun and the girl I remember.

The title, I think tries to say something about being brothers but killing each other. But I thought that's what we Asians like to do. Haha.

The story is not so attracting. In the beginning it was interesting to read a different way of portraying scenes, landscapes, beautiful but cold, not even like Japanese fictions. But in the middle, it gets a bit trivia, then the ending is not catchy.

I prefer to read some poems from young chi ha, but could not find them, it should be a good warm up.
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