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Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982: A Novel

By Cho Nam-joo and Jamie Chang
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Publisher Description

Cho’s clinical prose is bolstered with figures and footnotes to illustrate how ordinary Jiyoung’s experience is.... When Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982, was published in Korea in 2016, it was received as a cultural call to arms.... Like Bong Joon Ho’s Academy Award-winning film Parasite, which unleashed a debate about class disparities in South Korea, Cho’s novel was treated as a social treatise as much as a work of art.... The new, often subversive novels by Korean women, which have intersected with the rise of the #MeToo movement, are driving discussions beyond the literary world.

330 Reviews

Loudly Crying Face“Esperando el día que nos veamos para quejarme de los hombres, as always.”
Believable charactersConciseHeartbreakingTragicDark settingRealistic settingMade me cryPoliticalSeriousThought-provoking
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“While reading this book I thought of how society constantly fails women again and again. The story of Kim JiYoung is universal: I could see myself in her. Throughout the novel, I felt frustrated and angry, because it reminded me of all the struggles that women have to endure at home, at work, with their partners and sometimes with their family members. Honestly this novel should be read and taught in schools. The story itself is so frustrating, but the message it aims to convey is very powerful”
Reviewed in:Cami’s Book Club
Characters change and growConciseFast-pacedRealistic settingInformativeInsightful
Red Angry Face“Among the things that struck me the most is the passivity of the women in this story, we constantly wonder why no one ever rebels. Perhaps because when a system of rules and oppression is so rooted in the existence of an entire community, the same victims of that system end up accepting their condition without reacting. No woman sufferance saves the others from having the same destiny.”
Reviewed in:Cami’s Book Club
ComplexRealistic settingEducationalMeaningfulThought-provoking
Rolling on the Floor Laughing Face“I enjoyed reading this book as it taught me about life and culture in South Korea especially the life of women. It was upsetting to read the story of Kim J and her women friends and family members. I liked how her story was recorded in chronological sections which made it easy to read. I will definitely recommend it”
Reviewed in:Cami’s Book Club
Believable charactersMulti-layered characters
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“a super interesting read. knowing the customs, rules, thoughts of other countries is always interesting. but seeing how all over the world we women often lose the right to BE, this is not interesting... this makes me angry! in the end we fight a lot without being understood now things "maybe" are changing, and I put that in quotes because often just seems like an apparent change. a book to read, absolutely! 🥺🫶🏼”
Reviewed in:Cami’s Book Club
Believable charactersRelatable charactersBeautifully writtenHeartbreakingEducationalInformative

About Cho Nam-joo

Cho Nam-joo's novel Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 was longlisted for the National Book Award in translation, was published in nineteen countries, and sold over two million copies worldwide. She lives in South Korea.

Jamie Chang

Jamie Chang is an award-winning translator who teaches at the Ewha Womans University in Seoul.

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