The Vegetarian by Han Kang

The Vegetarian

Han Kang with Deborah Smith (Translator)

fiction contemporary literary dark reflective sad medium-paced

208 pages | first published 2007

Description

A beautiful, unsettling novel about rebellion and taboo, violence and eroticism, and the twisting metamorphosis of a soulBefore the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams—invasive images of b...
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Moods

dark 94%
tense 51%
sad 50%
challenging 48%
emotional 45%
reflective 44%
mysterious 31%
adventurous 0%
funny 0%
hopeful 0%
informative 0%
inspiring 0%
relaxing 0%

Pace

medium 59%
slow 23%
fast 17%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 71% | A mix: 21% | Plot: 6% | N/A: 0%

Strong character development?

It's complicated: 48% | Yes: 35% | No: 15% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

No: 55% | It's complicated: 38% | Yes: 3% | N/A: 1%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 38% | Yes: 37% | It's complicated: 16% | N/A: 7%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 84% | It's complicated: 13% | N/A: 1% | No: 1%

Average rating

3.59