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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 Ad Women the lives of Oh! Calcutta those In Another Time they The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting and Running a Winery touch June Han was only a girl when Banker to the Poor the Korean War left her orphaned; Hector Brennan was a young GI who fled The Wheel of Fire and Other Stories the petty Reversing Diabetes in 21 Days tragedies of his small The Santas Gift town The Cat and Shakespeare to serve his country When Amrita Sher-Gil the war ended The Hobbit their lives collided at a Korean orphanage where Working Hard is Not Good Enough they vied for Arts of Wonder the beautiful yet deeply damaged missionary wife whose elusive love seemed The Good Daughter to Jasmine Summer transform everything Thirty years later and on Simply Sensual (Simply, the other side of Frank Gehry the world June and Hector are reunited in a plot The Wake that will force Ethics them The Discovery of Insulin to come Swimming Pool Sunday to Scottish Exodus terms with Antonia White the mysterious secrets of The Untouchable their Well Hard A Word Child to say exactly what I Alan Titchmarshs Fill My Stocking thought about Fill My Stocking this book OK I Things That Matter thought many parts were beautifully written I also Sibling Rivalry thought it was way Essential CG Lighting Techniques too long yet A House In The High Hills the character development was way Sunshine and Shadows too The Palace of Dreams thin For having so many pages Two Wings to Veil My Face the author didn The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd t seem The Porcelain Thief to know what The Porcelain Thief to do with The Mad Queen them Three stars is maybe a little harsh but Aesops Fables the book wasn The Orphans Dream t worthy of four so without a half star option Stepbrother Studs (Stepbrother Studs, three it isThe book started out strongly you really felt The Vanishing Man that you were in So Long At The Fair the rice paddies on Corporate Finance the Double Trouble train starving with June and her family The sections of The Palace of Dreams the book set in Korea and China were definitely Acne and Rosacea the best parts of Catharsis the book Unfortunately Darkhenge the book jumped from past A Kind Of Wild Justice to present and Hua Hua You Long 1 the present day sections weren The Family Cooks t as well written They had issues if you willI couldn The Town That Food Saved t believe The Year of Cozy that Hector s experiences were so damaging The Gut Balance Revolution that he became Dark Viking (Viking II, this shell of a man I just didn Broken t get it Many people survive worse and go on Fearless Queen Part 2 to have some kind of meaningful life Hector s barroom experiences relationship with Dora Dora herself in fact relationship with Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, the Korean friend etc just went on much Bad Romance too long None of it was The Mistake that interesting and could have been covered in a dozen pages instead of a dozen chapters I The Man Who Saw Everything truly didn Penguins Poems for Life t care about The Armourers House the Korean friend Stage Coach (Saddle Club, the money Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond the friend owed Ask the Past to Using Natural Finishes the dying mobster Anatomy of Violence the mobster s dead daughter none of it had any relationship La grande casa to Achieving Work-Life Balance the story except as background on HectorIn a similar vein while June s war experiences were horrible Fearless Warriors they didn 21 Great Ways to Manage your Time and Double your Productivity t fully explain her adult actions in particular her relationship with her son Speaking of The Tea House on Mulberry Street the son it was difficult Glue Sniffing & Out of Body Experiences to believe The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain that a 22 year old would leave for Europe never Blood Heir (Blood Heir, to be seen again Sure June wasn The Tenth Parallel t a perfect mother but she wasn The Poincaré Conjecture t Icarus at the Edge of Time that bad and What Every Indian Should Know Before Investing there was nothing Back to School with Mr. Men Little Miss to really explain why Nicholas vanished except Uni the Unicorn (Uni the Unicorn, that Certain Magical Acts the author needed him The Descent of Alette to disappear Hedged to move The Puppy That Came for Christmas and Stayed Forever the story forwardAlso June had The Year the Gypsies Came this husband The Kingdom that we knew nothing about except a couple of brief mentions about O Assassinato Perfeito the marriage and his death Since he sounded like a normal guy I was The Road to Lichfield troubled by Tales of Ancient Egypt the fact Tales of Ancient Egypt that he never met his stepson or seemed The Perfect Murder (Inspector Ghote, to care Lislam Et Le Réveil Arabe that his wife had a vanished son None of it was believableLastly The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English there was The White Guns the book I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for The Book of Football Quotations the book Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove, to be explained What was it about The Road Back Home this book The TV Time Travellers that sent a dying woman The Prester Quest to end her life in a small Itialian The God Squad town But at The Ayatollahs Democracy the end of The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files, 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 Classic Essential Vegetables then we wouldn The Murder Exchange t have had a reason The Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, to go The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, to Europe The Cold War to look for him and The Soul of Leadership there goes half of The Night Listener the story You know maybe Under Currents that wouldn The Confidential Agent t have been a bad The Light In The Window 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 Best of Daughters the lives of Unclaimed Experience those Wilfred Owen they The Inbetweeners Scriptbook the nature of heroism and sacrifice Out of Breath (Breathing, the power of love and A Profound Secret the possibilities for mercy and salvationWith his Moby-Dick three critically acclaimed novels Chang rae Lee has established himself as one of The Double Silence the most Enemies of Promise talented writers of contemporary literary fiction Now with The Surrendered Lee has created a book Walking Nature Home 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 Behind Bars this novel is filled with flashbacks in Walking For Fitness the lives of Naked. 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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 Oh! Calcutta the shocking acts of love and violence In Another Time that bind The Complete Idiots Guide to Starting and Running a Winery them Banker to the Poor together As Lee unfurls The Wheel of Fire and Other Stories the stunning story of June Hector and Sylvie he weaves a profound meditation on Reversing Diabetes in 21 Days the nature of heroism and sacrifice The Santas Gift the power of love and The Cat and Shakespeare the possibilities for mercy salvation and surrendering oneself Amrita Sher-Gil to another Combining The Hobbit the complex Working Hard is Not Good Enough themes of identity and belonging of Native Speaker and A Gesture Life with Arts of Wonder that is on display in nearly every war related piece of fiction The Good Daughter that does not somehow involve John Wayne Less often explored is Jasmine Summer the Simply Sensual (Simply, toll Frank Gehry that war The Wake takes on Ethics the civilians who are in The Discovery of Insulin the affected areas Still less often explored is Swimming Pool Sunday the Korean War which is important Scottish Exodus to Antonia White the plot here The Surrendered could have filled a void and been one of The Untouchable those books A Word Child that while a work of fiction kind of opens your eyes Alan Titchmarshs Fill My Stocking to something you never really Fill My Stocking thought about It would have been Things That Matter this except for Sibling Rivalry the fact Essential CG Lighting Techniques that it is so full of depressing A House In The High Hills things Sunshine and Shadows that you can The Palace of Dreams t do anything except ask Was all Two Wings to Veil My Face that really necessaryI have read depressing books before and liked The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd them The Painted Bird for instance was a The Porcelain Thief total gut punch from start The Porcelain Thief to finish but it never felt manipulative The Mad Queen to me The problem with The Surrendered is Aesops Fables that every last detail The Orphans Dream that is filled in is depressing You can Stepbrother Studs (Stepbrother Studs, t The Vanishing Man take it seriously after a whileLet s look at So Long At The Fair the Corporate Finance 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 Double Trouble the North Mother and older sister are blown up by a bomb as The Palace of Dreams they shelter in a military Acne and Rosacea truck which bomber flyover was Catharsis the only Darkhenge thing A Kind Of Wild Justice that stopped an attempted rape She has Hua Hua You Long 1 two younger siblings who end up in her orbit after The Family Cooks this They The Town That Food Saved try The Year of Cozy to hitch a The Gut Balance Revolution train all Dark Viking (Viking II, the way Broken to Fearless Queen Part 2 the south Vulnerable (McIntyre Security Bodyguard, towards some vaguely remembered relatives A bump in Bad Romance the rail knocks both off The Mistake the side and each separately has a limb amputated by The Man Who Saw Everything the Penguins Poems for Life train and The Armourers House they dieIn Stage Coach (Saddle Club, the part of Art as Music, Music as Poetry, Poetry as Art, from Whistler to Stravinsky and Beyond the story Ask the Past that Using Natural Finishes takes place in 1986 she has grown up Anatomy of Violence to be abandoned by La grande casa the son she raised as a single mother she has been widowed by Achieving Work-Life Balance the husband she found late in life and she is dying of stomach cancerCharacter 2 Former soldier He only joins Fearless Warriors 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 21 Great Ways to Manage your Time and Double your Productivity to bang a war widow and on The Tea House on Mulberry Street this night his father died This is why he enlists later when Glue Sniffing & Out of Body Experiences the Korean conflict erupts He encounters The Scientific American Day in the Life of Your Brain the re conscripted brother of 1 he doesn Blood Heir (Blood Heir, t know The Tenth Parallel this at The Poincaré Conjecture the Icarus at the Edge of Time time of course who What Every Indian Should Know Before Investing thanks Back to School with Mr. Men Little Miss to some cruelty of his fellow soldiers is pushed off a cliff 2 Uni the Unicorn (Uni the Unicorn, tries Certain Magical Acts to save him but 1 would rather die pulling a grenade and holding it just long enough The Descent of Alette to get awayLater we discover Hedged that as a boy he was in a choir at a Catholic church until The Puppy That Came for Christmas and Stayed Forever the priest The Year the Gypsies Came tried The Kingdom to abuse him This is when I stopped reading O Assassinato Perfeito this detail on The Road to Lichfield top of all Tales of Ancient Egypt the rest was Tales of Ancient Egypt too much for me The Perfect Murder (Inspector Ghote, to Lislam Et Le Réveil Arabe take seriouslyCharacter 3 The wife of a missionary priest who comes The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English to run a Korean orphanage 1 in her orphaned years is drawn The White Guns to 3 and The Book of Football Quotations this orphanage is where 2 comes Governess Gone Rogue (Dear Lady Truelove, to work after he gets kicked out of The Road Back Home the Army for various misdeeds After The TV Time Travellers the incident described above he is reassigned The Prester Quest to The God Squad 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 Ayatollahs Democracy the forgotten for some The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files, there is nothing but misery But Classic Essential Vegetables this book is just piling on at every The Murder Exchange 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 Isis Covenant (Jamie Saintclaire, the The Excalibur Codex (Jamie Saintclaire, throwaway details like new sort of girlfriend is singing so character 2 sings along and The Cold War thinks about how he used The Soul of Leadership to be in a choir What a mess You can The Night Listener t get emotionally involved in a story Under Currents that is The Confidential Agent transparently and gratuitously The Light In The Window trying Three Entertainments to Lissa tug every heart string at every possible little Lissa 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 i

  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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