THE COLOR OF WATER by Kim Dong Hwa

THE COLOR OF WATER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Lackluster middle ground in a coming-of-age trilogy from the renowned Korean manga artist. The author continues his exploration of a teenage village girl’s sexual and emotional awakening and the pastoral landscape that nurtures it. Ehwa, in the throes of adolescent hormones, has seen two childhood crushes evaporate with age and distance. But an unexpected encounter with a handsome stranger at the summer festival changes everything. The older, muscular Duksam not only wins the wrestling contest but Ehwa’s attentions as well—setting off an adolescent frenzy of lust and longing that Hwa captures in grinding detail. Ehwa spends too much time moisturizing her skin and trading stale nature metaphors with her mother, prolonging the book’s lagging narrative. The masterful landscapes take a backseat to human activity. They’re skillfully rendered but not nearly as eye-popping as the stark and haunting pastoral scenes that heightened volume one, The Color of Earth (2009). The narrative does manage to convey the relentless tedium of waiting for life to happen: Like Ehwa, readers will be painfully anxious for something to happen by the book’s end. (Graphic fiction. 14 & up)

Pub Date: June 9th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-5964-3459-2
Page count: 320pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2009




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