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Interrupting Soliloquy

I enjoy most things, and don't believe that enjoying things means that I shouldn't rip it apart critically. Also don't think reading is the panacea of all ills, so I read a lot of comics and play a lot of video games.

Currently reading

Karma Cola: Marketing the Mystic East
Gita Mehta

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly - Nomoco, Sun-mi Hwang, Kim Chi-Young The only thing I feel like I have to wonder about with this book is whether the translation left out a certain voice or a certain flair that the book otherwise didn't have. The language used is very basic but the story is too heavy in metaphor to allow what I felt was a literary level of childishness, which occasionally made the reading jarring.

Otherwise, I thought this novel was really beautiful. About the story of a hen who wants something more out of her life in the coup, redefining what it means to be a mother (not just blood), what family is, and the fear of defying a crowd. It's almost like the Little Prince, in the sense of that sort of fairy tale like atmosphere while dismantling certain concepts and sinking heavy into metaphor. The book leaves you a lot to think and rethink. As someone who has left her genetic family it was nice to read a book that didn't have a moral of blood being thicker than water, but rather a moral about the actual quote - that the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb. I'm glad that I read this - possibly if my Korean gets any better I would love to read it in its actual language.