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Almond: A Novel Kindle Edition
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“Almond is a tour de force -- deeply engaging, engrossing, and troubling -- a poignant allegory of the contemporary Korean condition that marks the debut of a new international talent." (Heinz Insu Fenkl, author of Memories of My Ghost Brother and translator of The Nine Cloud Dream by Kim Man-jung )
“In her debut novel, director and screenwriter Sohn makes the bold decision to choose an emotionally constricted first-person narrator, but the risk pays off. With the aid of a skillful translation…the novel will appeal fully to adults, but mature young readers who must cope in their everyday lives with the struggles of late adolescence will find themselves identifying with Yunjae and moved by his plight. A sensitive exploration of what it's like to live at life's emotional poles.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Delicate and heartbreaking. Like peeling a fruit, Sohn bares human emotion and questions the human condition with a gentle hunger.” (-Jamie Marina Lau, author of Pink Mountain on Locust Island)
“In what might be the first novel to feature a protagonist with alexithymia—an inability to identify and express one’s feelings—Korean novelist Sohn’s affecting debut arrives stateside. Raised by his grandmother and mother who worked diligently to guide him through everyday social interactions, Yunjae at 15 is effectively orphaned…. As Yunjae risks communication and connection, the eponymous almond—the undeveloped amygdalae of his brain—takes seed, and gives Yunjae the courage to claim 'an entirely different story. New and unknown.' Winner of the prestigious Changbi Prize for Young Adult Fiction in Korea, Sohn presents a 15-year-old neurodiverse protagonist with much resonance.” (Booklist (starred review)) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07WSCKCH5
- Publisher : HarperVia (May 5, 2020)
- Publication date : May 5, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1177 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 272 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #119,438 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What I liked:
I loved the descriptions. Because he had no feelings, the author described sooooo much and it really made you think about the feelings or lack there of the character and translate that to real life. The relationship between him and Dora was nice, but the “love story” between him and Gon was beautiful.
What I didn’t like:
I don’t know if I have ever said this before, but this book could have used a few more pages. I feel like the drama at the end needed more detail. I didn’t understand what Steel Wire was doing to them. Had done to Gon. It lost me
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Reviewed in Brazil on October 13, 2020