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#BookReview : The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Vegetarian

Book : The Vegetarian
Author : Han Kang

Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed, Yeong-hye’s decision to embrace a more “plant-like” existence is a shocking act of subversion. And as her passive rebellion manifests in ever more extreme and frightening forms, scandal, abuse, and estrangement begin to send Yeong-hye spiraling deep into the spaces of her fantasy. In a complete metamorphosis of both mind and body, her now dangerous endeavor will take Yeong-hye—impossibly, ecstatically, tragically—far from her once-known self altogether.

The Review :

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Depressing yet beautiful.

I decided to read this book because I loved the cover and the title intrigued me. I read this genre (again) after a long time and I guess one of the reasons why I really loved it was that I was able to absorb the beautiful writing and imagery which the writer is trying to show.

This book is about Yeong-hye, who is mentally unstable, and believes herself to be a plant. She stops eating meat, throws away all the leather articles she has and the problem comes when she tries to make others also this. This book is written in three part by three different people and each person tells her condition from his POV. Though this book centers the patient, it shows the really picture of the society where one loves other only till that person is not a burden.

Out of all the characters, I liked In-hye the most. She was the only person who didn’t abandon Yeong-hye. I liked how strong she is and how much she loved her sister Yeong-hye.

Overall, it was a great read. My first 5 star book of 2016, In fact. 🙂

*I received the ebook for an honest review. Thanks to Blogging for Books and Netgalley.*

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4 thoughts on “#BookReview : The Vegetarian by Han Kang

  1. Hello , I have nominated you for The One Lovely Blog Award on my blog

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    1. Thank you so much! 🙂
      I actually don’t give much details in my reviews as some readers take them as spoilers and I really don’t like spoiling a book for someone, unintentionally 🙂


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