The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Vegetarian

Han Kang with Deborah Smith (Translator)

fiction contemporary literary dark reflective sad medium-paced

188 pages | first published 2007

Description

Before the nightmare, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary life. But when splintering, blood-soaked images start haunting her thoughts, Yeong-hye decides to purge her mind and renounce eating meat. In a country where societal mores are stri...
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Moods

dark 93%
tense 51%
sad 49%
reflective 46%
challenging 45%
emotional 45%
mysterious 31%
adventurous 1%
funny 0%
hopeful 0%
informative 0%
inspiring 0%
relaxing 0%

Pace

medium 58%
slow 22%
fast 19%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 72% | A mix: 20% | Plot: 6% | N/A: 0%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 50% | Yes: 33% | No: 15% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

No: 55% | It's complicated: 39% | Yes: 3% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 40% | Yes: 34% | It's complicated: 15% | N/A: 9%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 81% | It's complicated: 15% | N/A: 1% | No: 1%

Average rating

3.59