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Winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Publisher's Weekly • Buzzfeed • Entertainment Weekly • Time • Wall Street Journal • Bustle • Elle • The Economist • Slate • The Huffington Post • The St. Louis Dispatch • Electric Literature
Featured in the New York Times selection of "15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century"
A beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soul
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.
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
This is a strange book that at times makes perfect sense and at other times, veers off into the incomprehensible. Entertaining and engaging but not very satisfying.
No Premise, No Climax, No Resolution
I'm usually not one to criticize, but there was simply no point to this story.
I kept turning the pages (well, there's THAT), wondering Why, What next, and How will it end. None of those things were explained, Nothing happened Next, and there really was No Ending.
Perhaps everything was lost in the translation?