The Vegetarian

A Novel

    • 3.7 • 211 Ratings
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Publisher Description

WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOOKER PRIZE • “[Han] Kang viscerally explores the limits of what a human brain and body can endure, and the strange beauty that can be found in even the most extreme forms of renunciation.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Ferocious.”—The New York Times Book Review (Ten Best Books of the Year)
“Both terrifying and terrific.”—Lauren Groff
“Provocative [and] shocking.”—The Washington Post

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. As her husband, her brother-in-law and sister each fight to reassert their control, Yeong-hye obsessively defends the choice that’s become sacred to her. Soon their attempts turn desperate, subjecting first her mind, and then her body, to ever more intrusive and perverse violations, sending Yeong-hye spiraling into a dangerous, bizarre estrangement, not only from those closest to her, but also from herself. 
 
Celebrated by critics around the world, The Vegetarian is a darkly allegorical, Kafka-esque tale of power, obsession, and one woman’s struggle to break free from the violence both without and within her.

One of the Best Books of the Year—BuzzFeed, Entertainment Weekly, Wall Street Journal, Time, Elle, The Economist, HuffPost, Slate, Bustle, The St. Louis Dispatch, Electric Literature, Publishers Weekly

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2016
February 2
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
192
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
9.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Mistress TV ,

The vegetarian

I read it in one sitting because it was reading me. It exposed the woman who had been abused both physically and emotionally and was asked to then be the obedient quiet wife you see the downward thrust of her mind. It's written eerily poetic and it shows the tormented mind as an exotic flower. The novel may be depressing but it is one of the most truthful insights into mental illness

mrsbottle ,

An okay read

Don’t see what all the fuss is about

travisa3722 ,

Boring, no characters to care about

The characters are one dimensional So I didn’t have a connection to anyone. The act of becoming vegetarian was illustrated as the beginning of a mental collapse. Although I never fully understood what happened to make her so fragile. The book is written much like it is being told to you in short hand. Only continued to read because I spent money on it and kept thinking something had to happen, but nothing really did.

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