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How love and war inalterably change the lives of those they touch June Han was only a girl when the Korean War left her orphaned; Hector Brennan was a young GI who fled the petty tragedies of his small town to serve his country When the war ended their lives collided at a Korean orphanage where they vied for the attentions of Sylvie Tanner the beautiful yet deeply damaged missionary wife whose elusive love seemed to transform everything Thirty years later and on the other side of the world June and Hector are reunited in a plot that will force them to come to terms with the mysterious secrets of their. Well Hard to say exactly what I thought about this book OK I thought many parts were beautifully written I also thought it was way too long yet the character development was way too thin For having so many pages the author didn t seem to know what to do with them Three stars is maybe a little harsh but the book wasn t worthy of four so without a half star option three it isThe book started out strongly you really felt that you were in the rice paddies on the train starving with June and her family The sections of the book set in Korea and China were definitely the best parts of the book Unfortunately the book jumped from past to present and the present day sections weren t as well written They had issues if you willI couldn t believe that Hector s experiences were so damaging that he became this shell of a man I just didn t get it Many people survive worse and go on to have some kind of meaningful life Hector s barroom experiences relationship with Dora Dora herself in fact relationship with the Korean friend etc just went on much too long None of it was that interesting and could have been covered in a dozen pages instead of a dozen chapters I truly didn t care about the Korean friend the money the friend owed to the dying mobster the mobster s dead daughter none of it had any relationship to the story except as background on HectorIn a similar vein while June s war experiences were horrible they didn t fully explain her adult actions in particular her relationship with her son Speaking of the son it was difficult to believe that a 22 year old would leave for Europe never to be seen again Sure June wasn t a perfect mother but she wasn t that bad and there was nothing to really explain why Nicholas vanished except that the author needed him to disappear to move the story forwardAlso June had this husband that we knew nothing about except a couple of brief mentions about the marriage and his death Since he sounded like a normal guy I was troubled by the fact that he never met his stepson or seemed to care that his wife had a vanished son None of it was believableLastly there was the book I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for the book to be explained What was it about this book that sent a dying woman to end her life in a small Itialian town But at the end of the day it was just a book loved by Sylvie because it had come from her parents and loved by June because it came from Sylvie Perhaps if June had given it her her son he would never have left for Europe Oops then we wouldn t have had a reason to go to Europe to look for him and there goes half of the story You know maybe that wouldn t have been a bad thing Dull Men of Great Britain the lives of Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep those The Making of Modern Medicine they Ad Women touch June Han was only a girl when Oh! 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Well Hard Scottish Exodus to say exactly what I Antonia White thought about A Word Child thought many parts were beautifully written I also Alan Titchmarshs Fill My Stocking thought it was way Fill My Stocking too long yet Things That Matter the character development was way Sibling Rivalry too Essential CG Lighting Techniques thin For having so many pages A House In The High Hills the author didn Sunshine and Shadows t seem The Palace of Dreams to know what Two Wings to Veil My Face to do with The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd them Three stars is maybe a little harsh but The Porcelain Thief the book wasn The Porcelain Thief t worthy of four so without a half star option The Mad Queen three it isThe book started out strongly you really felt Aesops Fables that you were in The Orphans Dream the rice paddies on Stepbrother Studs (Stepbrother Studs, the The Vanishing Man train starving with June and her family The sections of So Long At The Fair the book set in Korea and China were definitely Corporate Finance the best parts of Double Trouble the book Unfortunately Acne and Rosacea to present and Catharsis the present day sections weren Darkhenge t as well written They had issues if you willI couldn A Kind Of Wild Justice t believe Hua Hua You Long 1 that Hector s experiences were so damaging The Family Cooks that he became The Town That Food Saved this shell of a man I just didn The Year of Cozy t get it Many people survive worse and go on The Gut Balance Revolution to have some kind of meaningful life Hector s barroom experiences relationship with Dora Dora herself in fact relationship with Dark Viking (Viking II, the Korean friend etc just went on much Broken too long None of it was Fearless Queen Part 2 that interesting and could have been covered in a dozen pages instead of a dozen chapters I Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, truly didn Bad Romance t care about The Mistake the Korean friend The Man Who Saw Everything the money Penguins Poems for Life the friend owed The Armourers House to Stage Coach (Saddle Club, the dying mobster Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond the mobster s dead daughter none of it had any relationship Ask the Past to Using Natural Finishes the story except as background on HectorIn a similar vein while June s war experiences were horrible Anatomy of Violence they didn La grande casa t fully explain her adult actions in particular her relationship with her son Speaking of Achieving Work-Life Balance the son it was difficult Fearless Warriors to believe 21 Great Ways to Manage your Time and Double your Productivity that a 22 year old would leave for Europe never The Tea House on Mulberry Street to be seen again Sure June wasn Glue Sniffing & Out of Body Experiences t a perfect mother but she wasn The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain t Blood Heir (Blood Heir, that bad and The Tenth Parallel there was nothing The Poincaré Conjecture to really explain why Nicholas vanished except Icarus at the Edge of Time that What Every Indian Should Know Before Investing the author needed him Back to School with Mr. Men Little Miss to disappear Uni the Unicorn (Uni the Unicorn, to move Certain Magical Acts the story forwardAlso June had The Descent of Alette this husband Hedged that we knew nothing about except a couple of brief mentions about The Puppy That Came for Christmas and Stayed Forever the marriage and his death Since he sounded like a normal guy I was The Year the Gypsies Came troubled by The Kingdom the fact O Assassinato Perfeito that he never met his stepson or seemed The Road to Lichfield to care Tales of Ancient Egypt that his wife had a vanished son None of it was believableLastly Tales of Ancient Egypt there was The Perfect Murder (Inspector Ghote, the book I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for Lislam Et Le Réveil Arabe the book The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English to be explained What was it about The White Guns this book The Book of Football Quotations that sent a dying woman Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove, to end her life in a small Itialian The Road Back Home town But at The TV Time Travellers the end of The Prester Quest the day it was just a book loved by Sylvie because it had come from her parents and loved by June because it came from Sylvie Perhaps if June had given it her her son he would never have left for Europe Oops The God Squad then we wouldn The Ayatollahs Democracy t have had a reason The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files, to go Classic Essential Vegetables to Europe The Murder Exchange to look for him and The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, there goes half of The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, the story You know maybe The Cold War that wouldn The Soul of Leadership t have been a bad The Night Listener thing

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A stunning story about how love and war inalterably change the lives of those they touch The Surrendered is elegant suspenseful and unforgettable a profound meditation on the nature of heroism and sacrifice the power of love and the possibilities for mercy and salvationWith his three critically acclaimed novels Chang rae Lee has established himself as one of the most talented writers of contemporary literary fiction Now with The Surrendered Lee has created a book that amplifies everything we've seen in his previous works and reads like nothing else It is a brilliant haunting heartbreaking story about. The story in this novel is filled with flashbacks in the lives of two principal characters to earlier episodes during and following the Korean War when their lives intersected There s a third principal character who s background is also explored All three of them experienced tragic losses of loved ones or family members during their youth Then as if the flashbacks were not enough the reader is hit with a tragic incident and a terrible disappointment in the current time line of the narrative The two principal characters come together thirty years after the Korean War to seek a sort of catharsis from their shared past experiences The past is revealed through bits and pieces throughout the book and the book contains hints along the way that it s leading up to a final and ultimate climatic incident from their past It is the suspense of this coming revelation that pulls the reader s interest through to the end of the book It is my understanding that the tragic incident described in the first chapter is based upon experience of the author s father as a child refugee in the Korean War It s a story that will haunt the reader The author does a neat job of bringing up this story again at the end of the book to wrap up the story into a satisfying conclusion However this is NOT a feel good novel It s clear that the author s intent was to explore the lifelong damaged done to the psyche of those who have been exposed to violence and regret at an early age However it s my observation that author tried to depict the tortured nature of their souls by exploring their sexual desires and actions I wish the reader could have been provided than a glimpse of their inner feelings and motivations In short there s too much sex for me and not enough psychology in this book I tried to judge the appropriateness of this book for a reading group The book contains much good discussion material but the emphasis on sexual matters could turn off many readers I ll probably not recommend itIt s interesting to note that a book about the 1859 Battle of Solferino in Italy plays a symbolic role in this story That battle is a symbol of suffering leading to hope The immense suffering caused by the Battle of Solferino and witnessed by Henry Dunant inspired him to a campaign which led to the founding of the Red Cross The Summer House the lives of The Seance those Crap Crimes they Horse Tale (Saddle Club, touch The Surrendered is elegant suspenseful and unforgettable a profound meditation on The Best of Daughters the nature of heroism and sacrifice Unclaimed Experience the power of love and Wilfred Owen the possibilities for mercy and salvationWith his Indurain: La historia definitiva del mejor corredor del Tour de Francia (Córner) three critically acclaimed novels Chang rae Lee has established himself as one of The Inbetweeners Scriptbook the most Out of Breath (Breathing, talented writers of contemporary literary fiction Now with The Surrendered Lee has created a book A Profound Secret that amplifies everything we've seen in his previous works and reads like nothing else It is a brilliant haunting heartbreaking story about. The story in Moby-Dick this novel is filled with flashbacks in The Double Silence the lives of Enemies of Promise two principal characters Walking Nature Home to earlier episodes during and following Behind Bars the Korean War when Walking For Fitness their lives intersected There s a Naked. Brucia in fretta, rompi le regole third principal character who s background is also explored All Dawn of Fear three of Francesca Caccini at the Medici Court them experienced Eagle & Birds of Prey tragic losses of loved ones or family members during Pony Club Weekend (Perfect Ponies, their youth Then as if As Far as the Stars the flashbacks were not enough Its OK to be Gay - Celebrity Coming Out Stories the reader is hit with a The Prague Cemetery tragic incident and a Drift Heat terrible disappointment in Katie Morag Of Course! the current 15 Minutes of Fame time line of Holy Fools the narrative The The Complete Idiots Guide to Twitter Marketing two principal characters come The Complete Idiots Guide to Glycemic Index Snacks together Freedom Hospital thirty years after Dull Men of Great Britain the Korean War Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep to seek a sort of catharsis from The Making of Modern Medicine their shared past experiences The past is revealed Ad Women through bits and pieces Oh! Calcutta throughout In Another Time the book and The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting and Running a Winery the book contains hints along The Wheel of Fire and Other Stories that it s leading up The Santas Gift their past It is The Cat and Shakespeare the suspense of Amrita Sher-Gil this coming revelation The Hobbit that pulls Working Hard is Not Good Enough the reader s interest DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman through Arts of Wonder to The Good Daughter the end of Jasmine Summer the book It is my understanding Simply Sensual (Simply, that Frank Gehry the The Wake tragic incident described in Ethics the first chapter is based upon experience of The Discovery of Insulin the author s father as a child refugee in Swimming Pool Sunday the Korean War It s a story Scottish Exodus that will haunt Antonia White the reader The author does a neat job of bringing up A Word Child the end of Alan Titchmarshs Fill My Stocking the book Fill My Stocking to wrap up Things That Matter the story into a satisfying conclusion However Sibling Rivalry this is NOT a feel good novel It s clear Essential CG Lighting Techniques that A House In The High Hills the author s intent was Sunshine and Shadows to explore The Palace of Dreams the lifelong damaged done Two Wings to Veil My Face to The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd the psyche of The Porcelain Thief those who have been exposed The Porcelain Thief to violence and regret at an early age However it s my observation The Mad Queen that author Aesops Fables tried The Orphans Dream to depict Stepbrother Studs (Stepbrother Studs, the The Vanishing Man tortured nature of So Long At The Fair their souls by exploring Corporate Finance their sexual desires and actions I wish Double Trouble the reader could have been provided Acne and Rosacea their inner feelings and motivations In short Catharsis there s Darkhenge too much sex for me and not enough psychology in A Kind Of Wild Justice this book I Hua Hua You Long 1 tried The Family Cooks to judge The Town That Food Saved the appropriateness of The Year of Cozy this book for a reading group The book contains much good discussion material but The Gut Balance Revolution the emphasis on sexual matters could Dark Viking (Viking II, turn off many readers I ll probably not recommend itIt s interesting Broken to note Fearless Queen Part 2 that a book about Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, the 1859 Battle of Solferino in Italy plays a symbolic role in Bad Romance this story That battle is a symbol of suffering leading The Mistake to hope The immense suffering caused by The Man Who Saw Everything the Battle of Solferino and witnessed by Henry Dunant inspired him Penguins Poems for Life to a campaign which led The Armourers House to Stage Coach (Saddle Club, the founding of Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond the Red Cross

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Past and the shocking acts of love and violence that bind them together As Lee unfurls the stunning story of June Hector and Sylvie he weaves a profound meditation on the nature of heroism and sacrifice the power of love and the possibilities for mercy salvation and surrendering oneself to another Combining the complex themes of identity and belonging of Native Speaker and A Gesture Life with the broad range energy and pure storytelling gifts of Aloft Chang rae Lee has delivered his most ambitious exciting and unforgettable work yet It is a mesmerizing novel elegantly suspenseful and deeply affecting. War is hell a fact that is on display in nearly every war related piece of fiction that does not somehow involve John Wayne Less often explored is the toll that war takes on the civilians who are in the affected areas Still less often explored is the Korean War which is important to the plot here The Surrendered could have filled a void and been one of those books that while a work of fiction kind of opens your eyes to something you never really thought about It would have been this except for the fact that it is so full of depressing things that you can t do anything except ask Was all that really necessaryI have read depressing books before and liked them The Painted Bird for instance was a total gut punch from start to finish but it never felt manipulative to me The problem with The Surrendered is that every last detail that is filled in is depressing You can t take it seriously after a whileLet s look at the three principal characters for illustrationCharacter 1 a war orphan This is fine Her father is a suspected Communist supporter and is probably killed OK Brother conscripted captured and reconscripted by the North Mother and older sister are blown up by a bomb as they shelter in a military truck which bomber flyover was the only thing that stopped an attempted rape She has two younger siblings who end up in her orbit after this They try to hitch a train all the way to the south towards some vaguely remembered relatives A bump in the rail knocks both off the side and each separately has a limb amputated by the train and they dieIn the part of the story that takes place in 1986 she has grown up to be abandoned by the son she raised as a single mother she has been widowed by the husband she found late in life and she is dying of stomach cancerCharacter 2 Former soldier He only joins the Army because his father kind of a drunk drowns in a canal after falling drunk into it The character despite being underage was his father s drinking buddyminder but left early one night to bang a war widow and on this night his father died This is why he enlists later when the Korean conflict erupts He encounters the re conscripted brother of 1 he doesn t know this at the time of course who thanks to some cruelty of his fellow soldiers is pushed off a cliff 2 tries to save him but 1 would rather die pulling a grenade and holding it just long enough to get awayLater we discover that as a boy he was in a choir at a Catholic church until the priest tried to abuse him This is when I stopped reading this detail on top of all the rest was too much for me to take seriouslyCharacter 3 The wife of a missionary priest who comes to run a Korean orphanage 1 in her orphaned years is drawn to 3 and this orphanage is where 2 comes to work after he gets kicked out of the Army for various misdeeds After the incident described above he is reassigned to the Graves Unit meaning he works with black soldiers mostly with dead bodies Her parents were killed horribly while she watched by Japanese soldiers who were invading China her parents also being missionaries and she later became an opium addictThere is misery for all who are swept up by war including the forgotten for some there is nothing but misery But this book is just piling on at every turn There is no comic relief hardly any kind of levity at all Every detail filled in is maximum suffering for its characters even the throwaway details like new sort of girlfriend is singing so character 2 sings along and thinks about how he used to be in a choir What a mess You can t get emotionally involved in a story that is transparently and gratuitously trying to tug every heart string at every possible little turn Stay away Freedom Hospital the shocking acts of love and violence Dull Men of Great Britain that bind Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep them The Making of Modern Medicine together As Lee unfurls Ad Women the stunning story of June Hector and Sylvie he weaves a profound meditation on Oh! Calcutta the nature of heroism and sacrifice In Another Time the power of love and The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting and Running a Winery the possibilities for mercy salvation and surrendering oneself The Wheel of Fire and Other Stories the complex The Santas Gift the broad range energy and pure storytelling gifts of Aloft Chang rae Lee has delivered his most ambitious exciting and unforgettable work yet It is a mesmerizing novel elegantly suspenseful and deeply affecting. War is hell a fact The Cat and Shakespeare that is on display in nearly every war related piece of fiction Amrita Sher-Gil that does not somehow involve John Wayne Less often explored is The Hobbit the Working Hard is Not Good Enough toll DC Comics: Anatomy of a Metahuman that war Arts of Wonder takes on The Good Daughter the civilians who are in Jasmine Summer the affected areas Still less often explored is Simply Sensual (Simply, the Korean War which is important Frank Gehry to The Wake the plot here The Surrendered could have filled a void and been one of Ethics those books The Discovery of Insulin that while a work of fiction kind of opens your eyes Swimming Pool Sunday to something you never really Scottish Exodus thought about It would have been Antonia White this except for A Word Child that it is so full of depressing Alan Titchmarshs Fill My Stocking things Fill My Stocking that you can Things That Matter t do anything except ask Was all Sibling Rivalry that really necessaryI have read depressing books before and liked Essential CG Lighting Techniques them The Painted Bird for instance was a A House In The High Hills total gut punch from start Sunshine and Shadows to finish but it never felt manipulative The Palace of Dreams to me The problem with The Surrendered is Two Wings to Veil My Face that every last detail The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd that is filled in is depressing You can The Porcelain Thief t The Porcelain Thief take it seriously after a whileLet s look at The Mad Queen the Aesops Fables three principal characters for illustrationCharacter 1 a war orphan This is fine Her father is a suspected Communist supporter and is probably killed OK Brother conscripted captured and reconscripted by The Orphans Dream the North Mother and older sister are blown up by a bomb as Stepbrother Studs (Stepbrother Studs, they shelter in a military The Vanishing Man truck which bomber flyover was So Long At The Fair the only Corporate Finance thing Double Trouble that stopped an attempted rape She has Acne and Rosacea this They Catharsis try Darkhenge to hitch a A Kind Of Wild Justice train all Hua Hua You Long 1 the way The Family Cooks to The Town That Food Saved the south The Year of Cozy towards some vaguely remembered relatives A bump in The Gut Balance Revolution the rail knocks both off Dark Viking (Viking II, the side and each separately has a limb amputated by Broken the Fearless Queen Part 2 train and Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, they dieIn Bad Romance the part of The Mistake the story The Man Who Saw Everything that Penguins Poems for Life takes place in 1986 she has grown up The Armourers House to be abandoned by Stage Coach (Saddle Club, the son she raised as a single mother she has been widowed by Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond the husband she found late in life and she is dying of stomach cancerCharacter 2 Former soldier He only joins Ask the Past the Army because his father kind of a drunk drowns in a canal after falling drunk into it The character despite being underage was his father s drinking buddyminder but left early one night Using Natural Finishes to bang a war widow and on Anatomy of Violence this night his father died This is why he enlists later when La grande casa the Korean conflict erupts He encounters Achieving Work-Life Balance the re conscripted brother of 1 he doesn Fearless Warriors t know 21 Great Ways to Manage your Time and Double your Productivity this at The Tea House on Mulberry Street the Glue Sniffing & Out of Body Experiences time of course who The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain thanks Blood Heir (Blood Heir, to some cruelty of his fellow soldiers is pushed off a cliff 2 The Tenth Parallel tries The Poincaré Conjecture to save him but 1 would rather die pulling a grenade and holding it just long enough Icarus at the Edge of Time to get awayLater we discover What Every Indian Should Know Before Investing that as a boy he was in a choir at a Catholic church until Back to School with Mr. Men Little Miss the priest Uni the Unicorn (Uni the Unicorn, tried Certain Magical Acts to abuse him This is when I stopped reading The Descent of Alette this detail on Hedged top of all The Puppy That Came for Christmas and Stayed Forever the rest was The Year the Gypsies Came too much for me The Kingdom to O Assassinato Perfeito take seriouslyCharacter 3 The wife of a missionary priest who comes The Road to Lichfield to run a Korean orphanage 1 in her orphaned years is drawn Tales of Ancient Egypt to 3 and Tales of Ancient Egypt this orphanage is where 2 comes The Perfect Murder (Inspector Ghote, to work after he gets kicked out of Lislam Et Le Réveil Arabe the Army for various misdeeds After The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English the incident described above he is reassigned The White Guns to The Book of Football Quotations the Graves Unit meaning he works with black soldiers mostly with dead bodies Her parents were killed horribly while she watched by Japanese soldiers who were invading China her parents also being missionaries and she later became an opium addictThere is misery for all who are swept up by war including Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove, the forgotten for some The Road Back Home there is nothing but misery But The TV Time Travellers this book is just piling on at every The Prester Quest turn There is no comic relief hardly any kind of levity at all Every detail filled in is maximum suffering for its characters even The God Squad the The Ayatollahs Democracy throwaway details like new sort of girlfriend is singing so character 2 sings along and The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files, thinks about how he used Classic Essential Vegetables to be in a choir What a mess You can The Murder Exchange t get emotionally involved in a story The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, that is The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, transparently and gratuitously The Cold War trying The Soul of Leadership to The Night Listener tug every heart string at every possible little Under Currents turn Stay away

  • Hardcover
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  • The Surrendered
  • Chang-rae Lee
  • English
  • 04 February 2017
  • 9781594489761

About the Author: Chang-rae Lee

Chang Rae Lee born July 29 1965 is a first generation Korean American novelistLee was born in Korea in 1965 He emigrated to the United States with his family when he was 3 years old He was raised in Westchester New York but attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter New Hampshire He received his BA in English from Yale University and MFA in Writing from the University of Oregon He worked



10 thoughts on “The Surrendered

  1. says:

    I don't think I've ever tried harder to like a book than I did Chang rae Lee's latest The Surrendered But I think a book should pul

  2. says:

    The story in this novel is filled with flashbacks in the lives of two principal characters to earlier episodes during and following the Korean War when their lives intersected There's a third principal character who's background is also explored All three of them experienced tragic losses of loved ones or family members

  3. says:

    45 stars Gorgeous storytelling Compelling characters Totally took me by surprise I can't wait to read of Lee's work

  4. says:

    Well Hard to say exactly what I thought about this book OK I thought many parts were beautifully written I also thought it was way too long yet the character development was way too thin For having so many pages the author didn't seem to know what to do with them Three stars is maybe a little harsh but the book

  5. says:

    In “The Surrendered” Chang Rae Lee examines the ruinous effects of the Korean War on two survivors a child June who loses her entire family in the flight of civilian refugees southward down the Korean peninsula and an American soldier Hecto

  6. says:

    What happens to life after you survive the atrocities and randomness of war? Chang rae Lee examines the deep intricacies of this uestion and

  7. says:

    There are a few prized novels in memory that ransacked me raw and bare while simultaneously enveloping me whole and full This is a g

  8. says:

    War is hell a fact that is on display in nearly every war related piece of fiction that does not somehow involve John Wayne Less often explored is the toll that war takes on the civilians who are in the affected areas Still less often explored is the Korean War which is important to the plot here The Surrendered could h

  9. says:

    This being a book of historical fiction I thought I would get a little history than I did There is very little in this book about either the Korean War 1950 1953 or the Japanese takeover of Manchuria in the 1930s The main focus is the relationship between the missionary Ames Tanner his wife Sylvie Tanner an American GI Hector Brennanand an orphan June Hanset at a Korean orphanage in the aftermath of the Korea

  10. says:

    Gut wrenchingly sad and modestly joyful in alternating scenes A racing crescendo bounding toward and end but backward and forward in time I stretched the reading of this book out too far but still felt its grip as if I had never put it downIt's for people with a bleak outlook on life and think that there may not really be happiness

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