on April 13, 2004
This book is about the struggles of a Korean boy during the Japanese occupation in Korea. Many of the characters on non-fiction, but most of the story it self is fiction, based on true events. The Japanese did everything in their power to take away the Korean culture and make it their own, from taking their names to beating the Japanese language into them laterally. Through an emotional depiction of what was going on in Korea from 1932-1945 while the Japanese staked claim on the country. Told from the point of view of a young Korean boy the reader is intrigued by the casual conversational tone of the book, but captured by the emotional rollercoaster it seems to take you on. In the beginning of the book you are given a scene on a train passing through Manchuria, in the frozen winter. In history class we have learned of the harsh winters, and of Manchuria but it is books such as these that really bring what happened in history to life, and makes me realize to boys and girls who were once just like me lived through this. The only thing I would have to say that I really didn't enjoy about this book is that it was told through the eyes of a very young boy, and starts when he is only a year old. In my opinion a book told through the eyes of a child who is only a year old doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Other than that it was a good read, and very good way to tie human lives, and dignity into history.
on September 21, 2000
The story was simple and it was an easy and somewhat captivating read. Though I felt the author could have been a little more emotional, I liked the novel and am glad to have read it. I feel the characters were a little under-developed and the story line jumped around many of times, leaving out things I thought would have increased the connection between reader and character.