Author: Hyung-kyung Kim
270 pages | 210*145mm
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About This Book
The Flowering Whale sensitively depicts the process through which an individual overcomes a devastating loss and the consequent reversal of fortune by illustrating the relationships between Nieun, a seventeen-year-old who has lost both of her parents in a car accident, and those around her. As such, it weaves a narrative of empathy and solidarity among the protagonist, an old whaler who has been banned from following his cherished and lifelong trade, a septuagenarian who strives to take care of all living beings despite and because of the loss of her husband and children, and other adolescent girls who endeavor to chart their lives regardless of the dictates of society. In the end, just as the long-awaited whales return, the heroine takes a step beyond her own sorrows, encouraged and spurred by the wistful yet undeniable warmth among people. By creating a work that simultaneously awakens the child in each reader and presents a story of loss and triumph over it in conjunction with the archetypal and mythical world that the myth of development and success has bereft us moderns of, the author has pioneered a new territory in modern South Korean fiction indeed.
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