- Audio CD: 675 pages
- Publisher: HighBridge Audio; Unabridged edition (May 1 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611747759
- ISBN-13: 978-1611747751
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 60.7 x 13.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,310,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A gripping novel.”―O, The Oprah Magazine
“The North Korean government exploits its citizens completely and absolutely, and Brandon W. Jones has taken this as a starting point for a first novel that seems more like the polished work of an experienced novelist . . . Jones' writing provides a sense of urgency -- we want these women to leave, to risk everything in trying to escape their country and find a new life . . . His effort proves up to the challenge of vividly depicting the harsh, terrible circumstances and also believably gives hope that the individualist spark can sometimes carry us through to better things.”―Minneapolis Star Tribune
“An eye-opening journey to the dark side of desire.”―Vogue.com
“Lifting the veil on a little-known country, Brandon W. Jones’s debut novel, All Woman and Springtime, tells the story of two North Korean teenagers escaping the authoritarian state and battling the modern-day slave trade.”―National Geographic Traveler
“[A] moving, heartbreaking, yet hopeful novel . . . This important story exposes startling acts of human cruelty and uncovers the amazing resiliency of the human being, mind and body.”―Salt Lake City Weekly
“A compelling psychological tour of life inside the socially and politically restrictive borders of North Korea via the poignant stories of two young girls on the cusp of womanhood . . . This tale of female friendship is distinguished by its illuminating glimpse into the arcane intricacies of both an ancient and a modern culture. Guaranteed to appeal to fans of Memoirs of a Geisha (1997) and the novels of Lisa See.”―Booklist
“[A] terrifying and masterfully realized debut . . . One of its most impressive achievements is the rendering of main character Gi, who is brought powerfully and beautifully to life . . . Jones depicts both the innocence of his protagonist and the pathologies and violence of the South Korean underworld with great skill and emotional power. VERDICT Impossible to put down, this work is important reading for anyone who cares about the power of literature to engage the world and speak its often frightening truths.”―Library Journal
“Dramatic . . . [A] well-paced story.”―Publishers Weekly
“One of the most absorbing, chilling, beautifully written, and important novels I’ve read in many years.”
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Algonquin Books|April 25, 2012|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-61620-077-0
Before she met Il-sun in an orphanage, Gi was a hollow husk of a girl, broken from growing up in one of North Korea's forced labour camps. A mathematical genius, she has learned to cope with pain by retreating into a realm of numbers and calculations, an escape from both the past and present. Gi becomes enamored of the brash and radiant II-sun, a friend she describes as all woman and springtime. But II-sun's pursuit of a better life imperils both girls when her suitor spirits them across the Demilitarized Zone and sells them as sex workers, first in South Korea and then in the United States. This spellbinding debut, reminiscent of `Memoirs of a Geisha', depicts with chilling accuracy life behind North Korea's iron curtain. But for Gi and II-sun, forced into the underworld of human trafficking, their captivity outside North Korea is far crueler than the tight control of their Dear Leader. Tender-hearted Gi, just on the verge of womanhood, is consigned to a fate that threatens not only her body but her mind. How she and II-sun endure, how they find a path to healing, is what drives this absorbing and exquisite novel from an exciting young Algonquin discovery to its perfectly imagined conclusion.
This was a fascinating, fast-paced story without a minute to put the book down! Being caught up in the lives of Jasmine, Gi, II-sun and Cho was undeniably real. I felt like I was being tugged along with these four women as they struggled through their daily lives, trying to make sense of who and what they are. Being sold into prostitution was a huge blow to their ego's and their inexperience was shamelessly embarrassing to watch. My heart bled for these young women as they were forced into things they never even dreamed about. Stripped bare of their innocence and purity was hard to swallow.
Brandon W. Jones hit the mark with this one, showcasing the realities of human trafficking and what that type of life does to a person. The ending was so sad and one I never saw coming and cried over. All that angelic innocence lost forever. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, don't miss it!!
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This was written by a 30 something living on Molokai. It was my Book Club's selection by a member who knows the author. I might not have ever heard of this book were it not for the Book Club. There is so much to discuss! Great choice for a BC.
Just as no one fully lets go of their religion, these two had events determined by psychological conditioning in their formative years. "Springtime" does not deviate from this reality and that's why I give it 5 stars. Too many stories, both real and fiction portray North Korea as a form of hell. When for many North Koreans, their reality is a far better life than anywhere else in the world since their life has been permanently programmed.
Read this book and the horrors experienced. Understand both the real and artificial barriers in these characters. Then self examine and see what programming exists in your life that has created real and artificial barriers to achieving your dreams.
The sex trade is so real - I've read non-fiction books that took place in India and Thailand and other places around the world. It is very a very sad state of affairs that this still happens. Very ugly but unless we learn more about it, there will never be an end to it.
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