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The Vegetarian, by Han Kang

emilyhurst's review against another edition

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challenging dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

aydanf30's review

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dnfed at around 45% in, definitely should have read the trigger warnings for this one, not much really like gets me but I just couldnt do it

hotskitrotsky's review

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mysterious reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

anae2le's review

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3.5

im not even sure of my rating for this book, because im still quite confused of what I just read
loved the style and I can feel the work that has been put into the translation process

mrsjulietfox's review against another edition

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2.0

Really well-written and intriguing, but I think I just didn't get it.

brisingr's review

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1.0

Did I..... Read the same book that everyone else did................

tomkipp's review

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dark emotional mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

cynthialu's review

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3.0

personally this book just wasn't what i was looking for. it didn't appeal to the style i liked but i don't think that's reflective of the quality of the book. the writing was immersive and fun to read—i just didn't like the plot and thought that not much happened throughout

gitty's review

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4.0

Deeply unsettling in the best way

yellowcloudintrousers's review

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4.0

Or perhaps it was simply that things were happening inside her,
terrible things, which no one else could even guess at, and thus it was
impossible for her to engage with everyday life at the same time. If so,
she would naturally have no energy left, not just for curiosity or interest
but indeed for any meaningful response to all the humdrum minutiae that
went on on the surface. What suggested to him that this might be the case
was that, on occasion, her eyes would seem to reflect a kind of violence
that could not simply be dismissed as passivity or idiocy or indifference,
and which she would appear to be struggling to suppress. Just then she
was staring down at her feet, her hands wrapped around the mug,
shoulders hunched like a baby chick trying to get warm. And yet she
didn’t look at all pitiful sitting there; instead, it made her appear
uncommonly hard and self-contained, so much so that anyone watching
would feel uneasy, and want to look away.