Search Results: "Chi-Young Kim"


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YOUR REPUBLIC IS CALLING YOU by Young-ha Kim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Challenging, occasionally forced and turgid, but energized by a powerful sense of the difficulty of 'belonging' in a dangerous place and time. Perhaps the most intriguing and accomplished Korean fiction yet to appear in English translation."
A spy living a fabricated life as a respectable businessman, husband and father is the embattled protagonist of this ambitious novel from one of Korea's most admired writers. Read full book review >

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I HAVE THE RIGHT TO DESTROY MYSELF by Young-ha Kim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2007

"Pretty sick, but absorbing. Noir with a piquant exotic twist."
Alienation, ennui and self-destruction are perceived as artistic creations in this icy 1996 novel, its Korean author's first in English translation. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO ESCAPED PARADISE by J.M. Lee
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"Read straight, it doesn't quite work, but as a Candide-like satire best read with a calculator to hand, it has its moments."
A North Korean whiz kid tries for a slice of the happiness pie, and complications ensue. Read full book review >

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CHI by Alexander Besher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1999

"Plenty of jokes and many fine fragments, but baggy, shapeless, and meandering overall: for ardent admirers only."
Conclusion, so we—re told, to Besher's cult quasi-trilogy: each book has a slightly different backdrop and a few characters in common. Read full book review >

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TONGUE by Kyung-Ran Jo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"A sumptuous feast."
South Korean bestseller Jo makes her English-language debut with a novel focused on elemental experiences, primarily food and sex. Read full book review >

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THE HEN WHO DREAMED SHE COULD FLY by Sun-Mi Hwang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"A subtle morality tale that will appeal to readers of all ages."
Published to great success in Korea, Hwang's short novel is an adroit allegory about life. Read full book review >

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PLEASE LOOK AFTER MOM by Kyung-sook Shin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2011

"Partly a metaphor for Korea's social shift from rural to urban, partly an elegy to the intensity of family bonds as constructed and maintained by self-denying women, this is subdued, tender writing with only rare lapses into sentimentality."
A mother's disappearance exposes family consciences, secrets and dependencies in the soft-spoken first English-language publication by a bestselling South Korean novelist. Read full book review >

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CHI-HOON by Patricia McMahon
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 1993

"Still, a handsome, informative, and readable photo-essay. (Nonfiction. 6-9)"
A typical week in the life of a high-spirited eight-year-old in Seoul, emphasizing her wish to be properly dutiful and respectful (paramount cultural values in Korea) in order to win a prize at school, with excerpts from her diary (the days in Korean characters) and a wealth of information about names, foods, schools, and the city of Seoul. Read full book review >

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ANNIE, BEA, AND CHI CHI DOLORES by Donna Maurer
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A winner. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From the driver's ``all aboard'' as three ``buddies'' (bear, dog, and hippo) climb on the bus to the balky ``zip'' at the end, a day in what might be the hilariously rambunctious school featured in Cazet's ``Never Spit on Your Shoes'' (1990). Read full book review >

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TAI CHI MORNING by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"While it might be hard to find an audience for this, it opens up possibilities for history, culture, and poetry classes for middle grades. (Poetry/travel. 8-12)"
In 1988, poet Grimes was part of an artists' tour of China, performing, reading, traveling, and teaching. Read full book review >