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I lived in Korea for several years, learned the language, and studied the history. I don't even know how many books I've read about the country and it's history, but from now on this will be the first one I recommend when people ask for recommendations. It is approachable, entertaining, and historically accurate. The book teaches about a period of time in Korean history that is crucial for understanding modern Korean politics. More than just being about Korea, though, it is about fighting for democracy; and not just the why, but also the how. I recommend this for anyone concerned about the highly divided current state of the world. If you're worried about the future, take solace in this true story of a group of friends that fought for democracy at a time darker than our own, and won. This is the first graphic novel I've read in years, but when I sat down to thumb through a few pages before going to bed, I didn't move until I had finished the whole thing. Then I immediately opened up my computer to write this review. I wouldn't recommend the book for kids, but it's great for loaning out to people. In fact I already purchased a second copy as a gift for someone I know will love it as well.
A very well told memoir of a time in South Korea's history that not many people know about but many people (and countries) can find a parallel to or relate with. Following Kim Hyun Sook as she grew into herself and got deeper into the student movement against a violent and unfair government, first for her friends and then for herself, is inspiring. I love how it definitely shows the darker side of things but doesn't make that the focus. It's not about the horrible things that were done. It's about the hope of the few in fighting for that they know is right. I'm a fan of the art style in particular. The fact that it's simple and cartoony kept things from getting too hard and dark. I think life is hard and dark as it is and anyone interested in the more hardcore elements of the revolution can easily find them, but leaving that out of the story and making it all about the students and their experiences and emotions is a brilliant move on the artist's part.
I loved this book! I'm an American, and we get next to no Asian history in our schools, so this was the first time I never heard of the Gwanju Uprising or the troubles in South Korea back in the early 80's. I loved this this story was told from the POV of a normal college girl who was just trying to keep her head low and study. Often history focuses on the leaders, and not on the citizens who are just trying to live their lives. I feel like teenagers would really enjoy this story and the illustrations.
This quick read looks at the lives of college students during the dictatorial era of South Korean politics, young men and women more devoted to learning and to freedom than allowed. Lively, evocative drawing and well-paced but emotional writing, both based on the historical realities (and real people) of the time. Frank discussions of police violence and torture mean that it's not an all-ages title, but certainly appropriate for most high school students and above. Serious, but funny in places where appropriate, and very enjoyable.
'Banned Book Club' by Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada with art by Hyung-Ju Ko is a biographical graphic novel about a college student in Korea in the early 1980s.
When Kim Hyun Sook started college in 1983, she joined a book club. What she didn't know is that it was a subversive group and that joining it would put her in danger. She had friends stopped by the police and even arrested. Her parents owned a restaurant and had no idea what their daughter was doing. The student protests eventually led to leader changes and voting in South Korea.
I really liked this story of being young and naive, but wanting to make a difference. The danger and fear is real, but the story still has some light moments along the way. The art is really great. I really liked this story based on true events.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Iron Circus Comics in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
Amazing graphic novel. The old adage that history is written by the victors is often very true. When one thinks of South Korea, one praises the "Miracle on the Han" and the 5 year plan. This book tells the story from the view of the people rather than the select few. In this case, a college student. I knew going in that Korea has a history of active protests but I did not know the history and the details of the unrest in the 80s and the details of the censorship/authoritarian policies. History may be written by the victors and the select few, but I think we learn more from the people ;) Overall, a great historical/ political coming of age narrative.
The intentions in this historical fiction graphic are impressive. The illustrations are not as exciting as I wold have liked, but it almost seemed on purpose... whether it was or not...don't tell me. Despite this taking place in Korea, the content is highly relevant to North America right now. Give it a whirl and get down with some Korean revolutionaries. Thanks to NetGalley & Letter Better Publishing Services for my DRC.