The Rainy Spell and Other Korean Stories

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This anthology of short stories by some of modern Korea's best-known writers reflects a rich variety of style and content. Manifest in these pages is a shared core experience of Korea's trajectory from inward-looking feudal Confucian state, to Japanese colony culminating in the Pacific War, to battleground of the Korean War, which inflicted horrific casualties and a scarred landscape while leaving a still festering legacy of fraternal hostility, to a modernizing society that is struggling with economic success ...
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Overview

This anthology of short stories by some of modern Korea's best-known writers reflects a rich variety of style and content. Manifest in these pages is a shared core experience of Korea's trajectory from inward-looking feudal Confucian state, to Japanese colony culminating in the Pacific War, to battleground of the Korean War, which inflicted horrific casualties and a scarred landscape while leaving a still festering legacy of fraternal hostility, to a modernizing society that is struggling with economic success and democratization. While the intensity of these experiences and the relatively short period of time over which they occurred permeate these stories, one is most struck by the resiliency and vitality of their strong characters.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Park Wan-So's "A Pasque Flower on That Bleak Day," a charming and humorous tale of how a woman tricks a group of sex-starved soldiers, is the only bright spot in this collection of dark, depressing stories full of ugly images. Editor Ji-moon claims that these stories are full of "candor and intimacy" and that he has translated them "as faithfully as possible," but his literal renderings miss the mark. Confusing, incoherent, and often discordant, these stories are at best difficult to read: the process is tedious, and sections often must be read several times to get even the vaguest sense of what's happening. Not recommended.Janis Williams, Shaker Heights P.L., Ohio
Booknews
A collection of 14 stories in the modernist style that did not evolve from earlier Korean traditions but was self-consciously developed in the early 20th century. Among them are the Seaman's Chant, My Idiot Uncle, His Father's Keeper, and the story that titles the book. No information is provided for the first edition other than that it was published sometime after 1972. Translated from . No scholarly paraphernalia except a short preface. Paper edition (unseen), $21.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765601391
  • Publisher: Sharpe, M. E. Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/13/1997
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 290
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Halmom 3
The Seaman's Chant 10
The Clear Water Pavilion 25
My Idiot Uncle 43
A Ceremony of Apostasy 59
The Underground Village 77
Pierrot 107
Eroica Symphony 122
My Idol's Abode 140
The Rainy Spell 153
A Pasque-Flower on That Bleak Day 204
That Winter of My Youth 213
His Father's Keeper 248
The Image of Mija 271
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