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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558616012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558616011
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #967,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kang Kyong-ae (1906-1944) lived and wrote in Japan-ruled Korea. Her fiction explores the experiences of working class Koreans under colonial capitalism. She is the author of the novel Mothers and Daughters, which like The City and the Country was serialized in various Korean journals during the 1930s. At the age of 39, Kang died of a long-standing illness. Samuel Perry is an assistant professor of East Asian studies at Brown University. He has completed several translations of Japanese and Korean literature from the colonial period including Chang Hyok-chu's "Hell of the Starving" and Yi Taejun's "Stone Bridge." He has received grants from the Fulbright Association, International Communication Foundation, Korean Literature Translation Institute, and Korea Foundation.

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By bigboppar on June 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
I gave this two stars only because hate is too strong a word. The build-up, the critical acclaim, etc., all led me to believe this was a truly exceptional work--WRONG!! Perhaps because I am very well read on this subject, perhaps because I have read several very superior books covering the very same time frame and background, but this is nothing special, and very underwhelming. You can do better.
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This translation is so deft I would actually give it four-and-a-half stars. As a graduate student studying modern Korean literature at Harvard, and a teaching fellow there in Korean, this was the first novel I ever read in Korean cover to cover (five stars for the original). I introduced my students to it. This is a worthy translation of an estimable work by a writer whose writing style I would characterize as resonantly Hemingwayesque and whose thematic forays I would liken to those of Upton Sinclair. (I say this noting the parallel journey from author to activist in Sinclair's fiction and political leanings. Sinclair twice ran unsuccessfully for the United States Congress on the Socialist ticket!) The only other clarification I would add is that "Mother and Daughter" was serialized but is usually anthologized as a long-form "short" story/novella and, I believe, appropriately so. In length, cumulative effect and structure, "From Wonso Pond" should be considered Kang's only novel.
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