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It's super different from the manga which I thought was really weird at first but the main points stayed consistent. Our Happy Time (or Hours) really brought me to my knees because I can relate; not to what happened to the main character, Yujeong (유정), but the relationship between Yujeong and her mother. I got a lot of feels while reading this book, especially at the end. Gong's descriptions and the feelings she makes you feel hits the nail on the head and that's what I love about it. It may not be true for everyone though. If you've been through depression or the like, this book is a must-read. It sort of healed my soul a little bit.
OUR HAPPY TIME alternates between the perspectives of the female singer and male prisoner. The stories are deep enough to feel real--to feel deep. By page ten, you as the reader will be characterly connected, prodding to move forward in answer, in resolution.
Though the message has strong religious undertones, the wherefore does not require Biblical belief for the final payoff and hearty understanding. The emotional notes still touch and play accordingly. Contained are simple messages, not necessarily with bow-tied endings, but they leave plenty to consider post cover closing.
To read this, is to read the stories of two opposite lives connecting and realizing the importance of it all. Life, truly, is a constellation of vital phenomena (thank you Anthony Marra for that titled book and definition).
And, thank you Marble Arch for finding my corner of the internet and sending this book to me for review. It wasn't solicited, but it was timely and appreciated.
Thanks to my reviewer buddy Allen Smalling (http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A3NQU1649SH0Q4/ref=cm_cr_rev_detpdp) for pointing out that this is a finely translated work from an acclaimed Korean author. She has sold millions of books, won numerous awards, and this is her first English translated book. I'm looking forward to reading more. Great job to the author and translator.
This is a very human story. It deals a lot with soul searching for the answers to our lives. The major themes throughout this story range from forgiveness to acceptance, mistakes and lessons learned and centres on an unlikely friendship. Paths cross in this novel that one would not expect and relationships are built, lost and tested.
I loved that this book didn't follow the expected "everyone is happy" theme that seems so prevalent in recent novels. The author examined alternate ways of doing things and that made this book very memorable.
I strongly recommend this book to those who enjoy thought provoking novels where the characters grow throughout the story.
4.5 stars. An excellent read.
In its detailed depiction of capital punishment, “Our Happy Time” continues the author’s fascination with political and social issues. The novel’s narrator Yujeong, an insightful but damaged young woman with a privileged background, is recovering from a third suicide attempt at the beginning of the story. Visiting her in the hospital, Yujeong’s almost saint-like aunt, Sister Monica, persuades Yujeong to accompany her on visits to prisoners on death row. It is here that Yujeong meets death row inmate Yunsu and a most peculiar kind of relationship commences. The novel charts both the development of their relationship through their once a week meetings and, in a prison letter he writes from his cell, Yunsu’s traumatic upbringing on the margins of society. These two narrative perspectives are skilfully woven together in alternating chapters and give the novel a highly affecting emotional resonance. As the story moves towards its conclusion Gong Ji-young carefully peels back the layers to reveal the painful events that have both shaped Yujeong and Yunsu and brought them together.
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