By Kang Kyong-ae,Samuel Perry
"A fatherless younger lady now poised to turn into the sufferer of [the landlord's] lecherous fangs and paws," starts one of many unique newspaper teasers describing From Wonso Pond and the destiny of its heroine, Sonbi. In a plot wealthy with Dickensian overtones, the unconventional paints a shiny photograph of existence in what's now North Korea during the eyes of Sonbi, her formative years neighbor, Ch’otchae, and a stressed legislations scholar, Sinch’ol, as they trip individually from a small, impoverished village governed by means of the lecherous land baron to the port urban of Inch’on.
But lifestyles is not often more uncomplicated there, as Sonbi wears herself out boiling silk threads twelve hours an afternoon whereas Ch’otchae and Sinch’ol load rice at the docks. All 3 get involved with underground activists, scuffling with the oppression of state and town, in addition to their eastern colonial rulers.
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From Wonso Pond: A Korean Novel by Kang Kyong-ae,Samuel Perry