Author: Ryeo-ryeong Kim
Hardcover | 236 pages | 196*135mm
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About This Book
This energetic bildungsroman stars Wandeuk, a seventeen-year-old who, though from a poor family and no all-A student, is unrivalled at fistfights. However, the life of this ne’er-do-well troublemaker takes a dramatic turn when he gets to know "Ddongju," a teacher who gradually changes from an enemy to a friend. As he learns to express his anger at the world in learning to kick box and as he learns to express his love for his mother in seeing her, the unlikely hero experiences emotional growth.
The greatest strength of this work lies in its capacity to move readers after splitting their sides with laughter. Consisting of a dwarf father, a Vietnamese-born mother, and a naive and stuttering fake "uncle," Wandeuk’s family could never be welcomed with open arms in reality. Moreover, the only thing that the protagonist can do is to punch people. Nevertheless, instead of being disheartened and despairing, he comes to grasp firmly even the happiness that others, out of fear, have relinquished without trying. Instead of blindly following predetermined paths, he seeks and creates his own way by struggling against the world. Through Wandeuk, who is resilient, optimistic, and impossible not to love, readers will once again feel the true meaning of the old-fashioned word "hope."
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