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The Vegetarian By Han Kang

Han Kang’s The Vegetarian is at times violent, sad and disturbing, but it is thought-provoking and compelling throughout. Although the central character is a woman named Yeong-hye, we never actually hear from her except for when she has her terrifying dreams. Instead, the story is told in three parts, each narrated by a different character: the first part by Yeong-hye’s husband, the second part Yeong-hye’s brother-in-law, and the third part by Yeong-hye’s sister. After one of her dreams, Yeong-hye decides to stop eating meat; this decision affects all aspects of her life. Her relationship with her family spirals out of control as she delves deep into mental illness caused by her obsession with her dreams. 

The Vegetarian is unlike any book I have ever read. By the end of it, I was left reflecting on big questions.

Reviewed by Mayra Guerra, Adult Services Librarian


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