• 1
  • review
  • 2
  • helpful votes
  • 6
  • ratings
  • The Vegetarian

  • A Novel
  • By: Han Kang
  • Narrated by: Janet Song, Stephen Park
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 792

The Man Booker International Prize, 2016. Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams - invasive images of blood and brutality - torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind and renounce eating meat altogether. It's a small act of independence, but it interrupts her marriage and sets into motion an increasingly grotesque chain of events at home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pronunciation!

  • By J L Pasricha on 03-20-16

This book is a brave feminist testament

5 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-16

Beyond the literal story, this books message is about the defeat of femininity in a word dominated by men.
Reason and productivity vs. passion and empathy.
although the book might come as depressing and defeating, the fact that it exists is a clear evidence of how the world is changing even in a society as rigid and conservative (and make dominated) as the korean.

Women are witches and have been burnt for it.
They are in touch with nature and the universe beyond any male's simplistic vision.
Even the most sensitive man in the book (the brother in law) is portrayed as a coward whose ultimate purpose was to fornicate.

This books captures very well how limited men are
It's a call for action

2 of 3 people found this review helpful