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The Ginseng Hunter: A Novel by [Talarigo, Jeff]
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Set on China's fraught, ruggedly beautiful border with North Korea, Talarigo's tense, atmospheric second novel (after The Pearl Diver) movingly dramatizes the human faces behind political oppression. A nameless middle-aged Chinese man—whose mother was Chinese and father was Korean—maintains a quiet, relatively stable life gathering the valuable ginseng root. In strict adherence to family traditions, he takes only a single root a day when he can find them; once a month he stays overnight in the city of Yanji, at Miss Wong's bordello. On one such trip, he spends the night with a young North Korean refugee who tells a harrowing story of oppression. Alternating with her story is the tale of a North Korean mother and young daughter who are forcibly separated during famine; the daughter washes up tragically at the gatherer's door, while the mother might or might not be the refugee prostitute. Talarigo hypnotically weaves the strands of these stories together against a backdrop of stunning scenery and of cruelty, creating a memorable, morally stringent tale. (Apr.)
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“Remarkable. . . . A story of quiet humanity in the midst of overwhelming inhumanity.”
The Christian Science Monitor

“A psychologically affecting portrait of desire and guilt. . . . A scathing reminder of the perils that communism continues to wreak in pockets across the world.”
Chicago Sun-Times

“This brave book, written in starkly vivid prose, is timely on several levels. . . . We seldom get a window into North Korean lives. The view is painful, but well worth it.”
The Free Lance-Star

“Evanescent…. [Shows] the beauty and power of the ginseng root, the respect of the hunter for the thing he hunts.”
Los Angeles Times



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  • File Size: 410 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1 edition (April 15, 2008)
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2008
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0015DWM98
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,488 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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