Author: Seok-yeong Hwang
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About This Book
Hwang Sok-yong worked on this roman-fleuve for ten years. Jangkilsan is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding historical novels in Korea. A masterpiece that has long been read by people of all ages, it is still beloved by great numbers of readers despite the fact that it came out 20 years ago. It has sold more than three million copies, and deserves to be honored as a monumental saga that represents Korean literary history.
Written on a grand scale, this novel is a masterpiece in which are engraved the life and death of the people of the 17th century Chosun dynasty, along with yearning for a new world that persistently existed in the form of the Maitreya belief. The novel is set in the fields and mountains of the late Chosun dynasty in the period of Sook-jong(the 19th king). Its main character is Jangkilsan, who existed during that period. He represents the undaunted life force of common people and the valiance of many heroes. Born of a humble, runaway servant, Jankilsan struggles to overcome social contradictions. He takes a group of vicious merchants to court and rebels against the ruling class by organizing the Noklim party. His personal efforts motivate merchants everywhere, and men from all over the country join him in fulfilling his long-cherished dream of empowering the oppressed.
With verisimilitude, the writer portrays Jangkilsan’s gangs as they take all the crops and valuables from the rich and distribute them to the downtrodden. Jankilsan’s tender love for Myo-ok, along with the valor of the heroes, stirs readers’ mind.
The grand story is described with a highly realistic touch. The story includes chivalrous bouts of people in the Korean peninsular and the history of lower-class people who overcome their personal grudges and self-interest, while longing for a new world. There is also a moving human drama that richly describes the love between Jangkilsan and Myo-ok and between Wonhyang and the monk, Yeohwan.
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